Washington D.C.'s 4 Most Popular Colleges

The political hub of the nation features some of America’s finest colleges and universities.

If you’re studying political science or a related field, Capitol Hill is the perfect place to find internships.

By Adam Jazairi

If you live in Washington D.C. it’s probably no surprise that you have access to some excellent postsecondary academics. D.C. features some of the hottest college destinations, from the prestigious Georgetown University to the top-notch academics and rich history of Howard University.

Of course, knowing that these schools exist isn’t enough. You’ll also want to know what their strengths are and how much it’ll cost to attend. To get started check out this list of four of the most popular colleges in Washington D.C. complete with tuition costs and other useful information.

4. Howard University

Type: Private University

Enrollment: 10,125

Cost: $14,020

Best Program: Major selection at Howard University is evenly distributed, with about 9 percent of students choosing journalism and 8 percent choosing biology.

Fun Fact: Founded in 1864, Howard was among the first historically black colleges.

3. American University

Type: Private University

Enrollment: 11,449

Cost: $31,425

Best Programs: American University is renowned for its excellent public affairs and law programs.

Fun Fact: If you’re studying political science or a related field, Capitol Hill is the perfect place to find internships.

2. Georgetown University

Type: Private University

Enrollment: 25,078

Cost: $35,964

Best Programs: Georgetown University features a range of top-ranked departments, the most prestigious of which is its law school.

Fun Fact: Georgetown takes pride in its Jesuit tradition, which is a significant reason for the strength of its academics.

1. George Washington University

Type: Private University

Enrollment: 25,078

Cost: $39,240

Best Programs: George Washington University has excellent academics, including an outstanding international business program.

Fun Fact: Like its namesake, GWU emphasizes service and community engagement.

Quick Tips

  • Can’t find the school you’re looking for in D.C.? Don’t forget that D.C. residents can get in-state tuition at public institutions throughout the country.
  • You’ll notice that all of the schools listed here are private institutions. While this means higher tuition, it usually also means more institutional financial aid.
  • Don’t forget to look out for private and government-funded scholarships. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our scholarship finder.

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