Where to Start Looking to Find a College in Washington DC
The Reach4Success website is a program that originated with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The website provides information on the College Information Center where students and families can get help completing admission and financial aid applications. The website has a calendar that lists college admissions related events. The resources section provides useful links to other websites rather than provide its own information.
The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) provides resources to public high school students including counseling, scholarships, and advisor support through college. The organization also provides college tours. Students can contact DC-CAP advisors in their local high school.
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District of Columbia residents should visit the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for information on Higher Education Financial Services. The District of Columbia’s Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) provides up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the US.
College Goal Sunday in DC is run through the YMCA. You can find more information at College Goal DC.
Some Numbers to Help You Find DC Colleges
There are eight four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates in Washington DC according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 94 percent of students attend one of the seven private colleges while six percent of students attend the one public institution.
The private colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 52% and the public university has an average five-year graduation rate of eleven percent. Two school meets the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in the District of Columbia was 473 for Critical Reading and 466 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 580 for Critical Reading and 570 for Math. Of the schools that reported SAT scores, five colleges had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.
The top 20 colleges SAT test takers in Washington DC applied to:
- University of Maryland
- University of Virginia
- Pennsylvania State University
- Temple University
- George Mason University
- University of Michigan Ann Arbor
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Delaware State University
- Georgetown University
- North Carolina Agricultural Tech State U
- Harvard Undergraduate Admissions
- Fordham University
- Brown University
- Howard University
- University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate
- Virginia State University
- Princeton University
- Drexel University
- Morgan State University
- Towson University
List of Washington DC Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in January of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Washington DC Colleges with Test Scores and Graduation Rates
Name Type Full-time
% Admitted SAT CR
American University Private 6970 73 44 690 670 31 31447
Catholic University of America Private 3422 62 63 610 610 27 34724
Gallaudet University Private 1045 7 61 530 530 20 10449
George Washington University Private 9758 74 33 690 690 31 27793
Georgetown University Private 7251 89 18 740 750 33 26521
Howard University Private 6270 42 54 580 580 26 16771
Trinity Washington University Private 1182 17 76 15276
University of the District of Columbia Public 2003 11 16084