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District of Columbia Colleges

17 Colleges
30,390 Yearly Graduations
$118,827 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,503 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

District of Columbia ranked #38 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2021. Around 30,390 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in District of Columbia is $29,707 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $30,330 a year.

About 55% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,876 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
9,980 Yearly Degrees
$57,984 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 43%. Around 36% of accepted students 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 student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from GWU is $62,584.

#2

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
7,114 Yearly Degrees
$59,957 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,357 undergraduates at Georgetown, of which 6,610 are full-time, and there are 19,371 students altogether. It takes the average Georgetown undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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.

Roughly 28% of students at Georgetown take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,431 a year. Georgetown has a 0.7% 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 Georgetown is $71,107.

#3

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,494 Yearly Degrees
$51,334 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. It takes the average The American University undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 42% of students at The American University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,489 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $55,945 during the early-career years.

#4

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,611 Yearly Degrees
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,457 students at Strayer University - Global Region in total, 7,124 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 339 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,445 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Strayer University - Global Region with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,628 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,362 Yearly Degrees
$28,916 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,857 undergraduates at Howard, of which 7,497 are full-time, and there are 10,859 students altogether. 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.

Roughly 72% of students at Howard take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,082 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Howard with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,792 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
1,651 Yearly Degrees
$52,156 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,366 students at CUA in total, 3,055 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,934 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CUA is 4.1 years.

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. CUA has a 2.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CUA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $55,801 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

University of the District of Columbia

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

There are 3,385 undergraduates at University of the District of Columbia, of which 1,614 are full-time, and there are 3,725 students altogether. 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. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of the District of Columbia is $32,237.

#8

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
378 Yearly Degrees
$17,712 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

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. Gallaudet has a 8.4% 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 Gallaudet is $28,704.

#9

Trinity Washington University

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

The total student population at Trinity Washington University is 1,846, of which 1,444 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,030 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

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 average amount of student loans is $5,976 a year. Trinity College has a 8.7% 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 $38,007 during the early-career years.

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

The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $45,351 during the early-career years.

#11

Strayer University - District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
165 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.

Strayer University - District of Columbia has a 8.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Strayer University - District of Columbia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,628 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Wesley Theological Seminary

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

The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

#13

University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
47 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. It takes the average University of the Potomac - Washington DC Campus undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

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. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,710 during the early-career years.

#14

Institute of World Politics

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

#15

Career Technical Institute

Washington, District of Columbia
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
41 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.

91% of Career Technical Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,936 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Career Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,026 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

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

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