List of colleges and universities in Washington, D.C.

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There are twenty colleges and universities in Washington, D.C. that are listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[note 1] These institutions include five research universities, four master's universities, and ten special-focus institutions. Sixteen of Washington, D.C.'s post-secondary institutions are private, of which three are for-profit. Only three of the city's post-secondary institutions listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education are public. In addition to the institutions listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Washington, D.C. has three additional private not-for-profit post-secondary institutions (Graduate School USA, Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and St. Paul's College) and two additional public post-secondary institutions (National Defense University and the Inter-American Defense College).

Washington, D.C.'s oldest post-secondary institution is Georgetown University, founded in 1789.[2][3] Georgetown University is also the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States.[4][5] Founded in 1821, George Washington University is the city's largest institution of higher learning in terms of enrollment, as it had 25,653 students as of the spring of 2013.[6][7] According to the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Washington Theological Union is the city's smallest with an enrollment of 80.[7] The University of the District of Columbia is Washington, D.C.'s largest public university, with an enrollment of 5,110 students.[7]

The University of the District of Columbia is Washington, D.C.'s sole land-grant university.[8] The city has two historically black colleges and universities that are members of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.[9][10] There are also six Catholic post-secondary institutions listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, the Dominican House of Studies, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America, Trinity Washington University, and the Washington Theological Union. In addition, Gallaudet University is a post-secondary institution for the deaf and hard of hearing, and its curriculum is officially bilingual in both English and American Sign Language.[11]

Washington, D.C. has three medical schools: George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Howard University College of Medicine. There are six law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association: the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Columbus School of Law (Catholic University of America), Howard University School of Law, George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Washington College of Law (American University).[12] Eighteen of Washington, D.C.'s post-secondary institutions are officially recognized by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Most are accredited by multiple agencies, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Institutions

List of active institutions
School Control[note 2] Type[note 3] Enrollment[7]
(spring 2013)
Founded Accreditation[7]
American University Private not-for-profit Doctoral/research university 12,904 1893[13] ABA, APA, MSA, NASM, NCATE
Catholic University of America Private not-for-profit Research university 6,838 1887[14] ACEN, ABA, APA, ATS, CCNE, MSA, NASM, NCATE
Gallaudet University Private not-for-profit Master's university 1,580 1864[15] APA, ASHA, MSA, NCATE
George Washington University Private not-for-profit Research university 25,653 1821[6] ABA, APTA, APA, ASHA, CAHME, CCNE, CEPH, LCME, MSA, NASM, NCATE
Georgetown University Private not-for-profit Research university 17,357 1789[2] ACME, ABA, ACPE, CAHME, CCNE, CEA, COA, LCME, MSA
Howard University Private not-for-profit Research university 10,002 1867[16] ACPE, ABA, ADA, AND, AOTA, APTA, APA, ASHA, ATS, CCNE, JRCERT, LCME, MSA, NASAD, NASM, NAST, NCATE
Institute of World Politics Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 140 (Spring 2015) 1990[17] MSA
Inter-American Defense College Public (Organization of American States and the Inter-American Defense Board) Special-focus institution 64 1962 ACICS
National Intelligence University[note 4] Public (U.S. Government and U.S. Armed Forces) Special-focus institution 692[18] 1962[19] MSA[20]
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 117 1902[21] ATS, MSA
Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America[note 5] Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 103 1988[22] MSA
Strayer University–District of Columbia Private for-profit Master's university 1,517 1904[23] MSA, TEAC
Trinity Washington University Private not-for-profit Master's university 2,663 1897[24] CCNE, MSA, NCATE
University of Phoenix–Washington DC Campus Private for-profit Special-focus institution 203 1976[25] NCA
University of the District of Columbia Public Master's university 5,110 1851[26] ACEN, ABFSE, AND, ASHA, JRCERT, MSA, NCATE
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Public Special-focus institution 366 1987[27] ABA
University of the Potomac–Washington DC Campus Private for-profit Special-focus institution 292 1989[28] MSA
Washington Theological Union[note 6] Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 80 1968[29] ATS, MSA
Wesley Theological Seminary Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 634 1882[30] ATS, MSA
List of other active institutions[note 7]
School Control Founded Accreditation
Graduate School USA Private not-for-profit 1921[31] MSA candidate[32]
Human Resources University Public (U.S. Government) 2011[33] N/A
National Defense University Public (U.S. Government & Armed Forces) 1976[34] MSA[35]
Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Private not-for-profit 1943[36] N/A[note 8]
St. Paul's College Private not-for-profit 1914[37] None

Defunct institutions

List of defunct institutions in Washington, D.C.
School Control Founded Closed Notes
Benjamin Franklin University Private not-for-profit[38] 1925[38] 1987[38] Merged with George Washington University in 1987.[38]
Corcoran College of the Arts and Design Private not-for-profit 1878[39] 2014 Absorbed into George Washington University
Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross Private not-for-profit[40] 1935[40] 1973[40] The campus was acquired by Howard University in 1974 to serve as the campus for Howard University School of Law.[41]
Mount Vernon Seminary and College Private not-for-profit[42] 1875[43][44] 1999[43][44] Merged with George Washington University in 1999, and currently serves as the institution's Mount Vernon Campus.[42][45]
Southeastern University Private not-for-profit[46][47] 1879[46] 2009[46][47] Acquired by Graduate School USA in 2010.[47]

See also

References

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ Graduate School USA, National Defense University, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and St. Paul's College are not listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education or by the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.[1]
  2. ^ School control and type is based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[1]
  3. ^ School control and type is based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[1]
  4. ^ National Intelligence University is not listed by the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.[7]
  5. ^ The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America, while affiliated with Catholic University of America, is not a division of the university.[22]
  6. ^ Washington Theological Union is set to close in 2015 following the graduation of its final class of students.[29]
  7. ^ These institutions are not listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education or by the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.[1][7]
  8. ^ The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is not independently accredited, as it is a division of Johns Hopkins University.[36]

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Bibliography

External links

  • United States Department of Education listing of accredited institutions in Washington, D.C.
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