Best colleges District of Columbia

2022 best colleges in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. has a number of excellent private colleges and universities, an exceptional nightlife, and tons of employment opportunities. While the University of the District of Columbia is the only public university in D.C., the D.C. Tuition Assistance Program (DCTAG) helps to defray the cost of public universities outside of D.C. This provides D.C. residents a unique opportunity in receiving reduced tuitions at public universities across the states, though the cost will usually remain somewhat higher than enjoyed by in-state residents. 

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

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Payback
Earnings
EarningsPlus
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Ranking methodology
#1 in District of Columbia | #15 in National Universities

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 0.82

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $28,909

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $96,375

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $47,089

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 17%
Graduation rate: 94%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in District of Columbia | #75 in National Universities

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 1.47

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $33,719

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.4 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $80,606

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $31,320

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 44%
Graduation rate: 81%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in District of Columbia | #120 in National Universities

The Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 1.97

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $34,230

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $71,804

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $22,518

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 83%
Graduation rate: 75%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in District of Columbia | #187 in National Universities

American University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 2.47

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $43,451

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $71,933

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $22,647

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 39%
Graduation rate: 79%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in District of Columbia | #339 in National Universities

Howard University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 4.67

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $41,289

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 5.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $56,236

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $6,950

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 39%
Graduation rate: 63%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in District of Columbia | #363 in National Universities

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 9.43

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,595

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 6.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $33,841

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $15,445

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 63%
Graduation rate: 57%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Trinity Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 3.67

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,396

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,669

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $5,617

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 96%
Graduation rate: 32%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 5.88

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,894

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 4.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $39,326

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $9,960

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: N/A
Graduation rate: 25%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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