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Number of
4-year colleges in District of Columbia

60,033

Students attending
4-year colleges in District of Columbia

$25,770

Average
in-state tuition

$26,223

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

American University

Washington, DC

129 Forbes

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

American University

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 8,606
Acceptance rate: 25%
Average annual cost: $31,758
Average salary: $59,200
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Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

255 Forbes

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 3,323
Acceptance rate: 79%
Average annual cost: $36,009
Average salary: $55,800
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Corcoran College of Art and Design

Washington, DC

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Corcoran College of Art and Design

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 599
Acceptance rate: 27%
Average annual cost: $29,274
Average salary: -
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Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 1,225
Acceptance rate: 66%
Average annual cost: $13,597
Average salary: $29,200
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George Washington University

Washington, DC

88 Forbes

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 12,358
Acceptance rate: 40%
Average annual cost: $39,562
Average salary: $67,100
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Georgetown University

Washington, DC

21 Forbes

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 8,194
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: $26,625
Average salary: $90,100
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Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Howard University

Washington, DC

453 Forbes
Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black stud

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Howard University

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 6,156
Acceptance rate: 30%
Average annual cost: $22,712
Average salary: $46,800
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Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies

Washington, DC

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: -
Acceptance rate: -
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: -
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Trinity Washington University

Washington, DC

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

Trinity Washington University

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 1,592
Acceptance rate: 88%
Average annual cost: $16,113
Average salary: $36,600
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Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, DC

Best colleges in District of Columbia 2018

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, DC

Total undergraduates: 4,485
Acceptance rate: -
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $33,100
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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