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2022 Best Colleges in District of Columbia

9 Colleges
$53,444 Avg Salary*
45% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Top District of Columbia Schools ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 9 schools in District of Columbia to determine which ones were the best in terms of overall quality. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include freshman retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and post graduate earnings, among other things.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in District of Columbia

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Our analysis found Georgetown University to be the best school for overall quality in District of Columbia in this year’s ranking. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 7,451 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.0%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. During the early years of their career, graduates from Georgetown make an average of $93,500 a year.

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#2

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges in District of Columbia list means George Washington University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. George Washington University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 9,358 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Bachelor’s degree students at the school tend to finish their degree on-time. The 4-year graduation rate is 76%, which is impressive compared to the national rate of 33%. During the early years of their career, graduates from GWU make an average of $69,600 a year.

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#3

American University

Washington, District of Columbia

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend American University. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Colleges in District of Columbia list.Washington, District of Columbia is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,362 students in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from The American University go into careers with an average salary of $61,000 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

Out of the 9 schools in District of Columbia that were part of this year’s ranking, Catholic University of America landed the #4 spot on the list. Catholic University of America is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 1,546 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $56,800 during the early years of their career..

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#5

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges in District of Columbia list means Howard University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Howard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,667 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Howard is $49,200 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia

Gallaudet University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges in District of Columbia list. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 400 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. During the early years of their career, graduates from Gallaudet make an average of $31,000 a year.

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#7

Trinity Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Trinity Washington University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking, coming in at #7. Trinity Washington University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Washington, District of Columbia that handed out 331 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,800 during the early years of their career..

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#8

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking.Washington, District of Columbia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 761 students in 2019-2020.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from University of the District of Columbia go into careers with an average salary of $35,200 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Strayer University - District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Strayer University - District of Columbia did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking, coming in at #9. Strayer University - District of Columbia is a private for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 204 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Strayer University - District of Columbia is $45,900 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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