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23 Colleges
30,910 Yearly Graduations
$109,252 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,104 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

District of Columbia ranked #40 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 30,910 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $27,313 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $27,884 a year.

An estimated 60% of college students in District of Columbia take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,526 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
10,413 Yearly Degrees
$56,049 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,763 undergraduates at GWU, of which 10,141 are full-time, and there are 27,017 students altogether. GWU has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 43%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 35% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,914 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $53,600 during the early-career years.

#2

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
7,354 Yearly Degrees
$57,928 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,371 students at Georgetown in total, 7,357 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,610 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Georgetown is 94%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Only 17% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 28% of students at Georgetown take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,431 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $65,200 during the early-career years.

#3

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,492 Yearly Degrees
$51,361 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,953 undergraduates at The American University, of which 7,453 are full-time, and there are 14,001 students altogether. For undergraduates at The American University, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 39%. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,489 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from The American University is $45,600.

#4

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,162 Yearly Degrees
$28,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,859 students at Howard in total, 7,857 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,497 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Around 29% of accepted students are men, and 71% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,082 a year. Howard has a 7.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,800 during the early-career years.

#5

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,897 Yearly Degrees
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Strayer University - Global Region is 10,457, of which 7,124 students are undergraduates and of those, 339 are full-time. For undergraduates at Strayer University - Global Region, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

Roughly 60% of students at Strayer University - Global Region take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,445 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Strayer University - Global Region with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,732 Yearly Degrees
$49,416 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,055 undergraduates at CUA, of which 2,934 are full-time, and there are 5,366 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at CUA. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

About 82% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 60% of students at CUA take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,238 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from CUA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia
Public Public vs. Private
717 Yearly Degrees
$6,152 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of the District of Columbia is 3,725, of which 3,385 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,614 are full-time. It takes the average University of the District of Columbia undergraduate about 5.0 years to complete their degree.

36% of University of the District of Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,286 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,100 during the early-career years.

#8

Trinity Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
453 Yearly Degrees
$25,110 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,444 undergraduates at Trinity College, of which 1,030 are full-time, and there are 1,846 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Trinity College is 4.8 years.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 1% of accepted students are men, and 99% are women.

50% of Trinity College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,976 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,300 during the early-career years.

#9

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
382 Yearly Degrees
$17,038 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,451 students at Gallaudet in total, 1,019 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 905 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 63%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 33% of students at Gallaudet take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,514 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gallaudet with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Strayer University - District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
237 Yearly Degrees
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Strayer University - District of Columbia is 745, of which 630 students are undergraduates and of those, 60 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Strayer University - District of Columbia is 4.0 years.

This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,100 during the early-career years.

#11

Technical Learning Centers Inc

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
218 Yearly Degrees

There are 220 students at Prospect College in total, 220 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

47% of Prospect College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,414 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $18,700 during the early-career years.

#12

Career Technical Institute

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
213 Yearly Degrees

There are 493 students at Career Technical Institute in total, 493 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Roughly 91% of students at Career Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,936 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Career Technical Institute is $18,700.

#13

Wesley Theological Seminary

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
151 Yearly Degrees

Wesley Theological Seminary has a 8.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#14

University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
98 Yearly Degrees
$6,660 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 232 students at University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus in total, 68 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 68 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus is 4.0 years.

Roughly 100% of students at University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $1,321 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,200 during the early-career years.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
75 Yearly Degrees

The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#16

Bennett Career Institute

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
73 Yearly Degrees

There are 267 students at Bennett Career Institute in total, 142 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 56% of students at Bennett Career Institute take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,610 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 39.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Bennett Career Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $17,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
65 Yearly Degrees

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,100 during the early-career years.

#18

Institute of World Politics

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
58 Yearly Degrees

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
33 Yearly Degrees

#20

The Salon Professional Academy - Washington DC

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
25 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at The Salon Professional Academy - Washington DC is 97, which includes 68 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at TSPA - Washington DC. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

87% of TSPA - Washington DC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,402 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

#21

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
24 Yearly Degrees
$9,900 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is 32, which includes 32 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. The freshman retention rate is 100%.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Approximately 100% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,832 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
21 Yearly Degrees

#23

Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
17 Yearly Degrees

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