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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

In terms of yearly graduations, District of Columbia is ranked #40 in the country with 30,910 degrees handed out in 2019. 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

The total student population at George Washington University is 27,017, of which 11,763 students are undergraduates and of those, 10,141 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at GWU. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

About 43% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

35% of GWU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,914 a year. GWU has a 2.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from GWU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $53,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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. Students tend to stick around at Georgetown. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

The acceptance rate at Georgetown is 17%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

28% of Georgetown students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,431 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Georgetown with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $65,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 14,001 students at The American University in total, 7,953 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,453 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at The American University is 4.1 years.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

42% of The American University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,489 a year. The American University has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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

The total student population at Howard University is 10,859, of which 7,857 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,497 are full-time. For undergraduates at Howard, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

72% of Howard students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,082 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

There are 7,124 undergraduates at Strayer University - Global Region, of which 339 are full-time, and there are 10,457 students altogether. It takes the average Strayer University - Global Region undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,445 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar 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.

#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. For undergraduates at CUA, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 82%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,238 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CUA is $47,100.

#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

There are 3,725 students at University of the District of Columbia in total, 3,385 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,614 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of the District of Columbia is 5.0 years.

Roughly 36% of students at University of the District of Columbia take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of the District of Columbia is $29,100.

#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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

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

Roughly 50% of students at Trinity College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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 1,019 undergraduates at Gallaudet, of which 905 are full-time, and there are 1,451 students altogether. It takes the average Gallaudet undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 63% of students who apply get accepted. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gallaudet is $21,900.

#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. It takes the average Strayer University - District of Columbia undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

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

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Strayer University - District of Columbia is $33,100.

#11

Technical Learning Centers Inc

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

There are 220 full-time undergraduates at Prospect College, and 220 students altogether. 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%.

Students who graduate from Prospect College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $18,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 average amount of student loans 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

The student loan default rate of 8.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#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

The total student population at University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus is 232, of which 68 students are undergraduates and of those, 68 are full-time. It takes the average University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

100% of University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

56% of Bennett Career Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from UDC David A. Clarke School of Law with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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

There are 68 full-time undergraduates at TSPA - Washington DC, and 97 students altogether. TSPA - Washington DC has a freshman retention rate of 100%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

87% of TSPA - Washington DC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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

There are 32 full-time undergraduates at National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and 32 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is 100%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

Roughly 100% of students at National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts take out loans to pay for college. 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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