2017 Best Colleges in District of Columbia

The Best Colleges ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares more than 1,000 top colleges and universities in the U.S.
See how this ranking was calculated
  • National
  • By State
Viewing 1-8 of 8
  1. 1

    Georgetown University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,061 reviews
    College Sophomore:The campus is beautiful, professors and faculty truly care about students, and the student body itself is brilliant and kind. Best school ever.
    More about Georgetown University
  2. 2

    George Washington University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,837 reviews
    College Sophomore:Gw is a great school in the perfect location. There are so many things to do around and off campus, and everything is s short walk or metro ride away. The opportunities for internships are endless and Professors and staff are very helpful.
    More about George Washington University
  3. 3

    American University

    • Washington, DC
    • 2,170 reviews
    College Sophomore:Life at American University has been treating me great so far. Some of my experiences that I favor are connecting with my professors on a personal and professional, establishing a new set of meaningful friendships, having fun in my studies, and etc.
    More about American University
  4. 4

    Howard University

    • Washington, DC
    • 3,387 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience has been amazing! It was a difficult adjustment at first, because Howard really is a world of its own with thousands of incredibly beautiful, talented, and intelligent individuals. So it can be a lot to suddenly be entered into, but once you get involved on campus, whether it's with a state club, dance team, service organization, or party group, you automatically feel at home. Our campus is unique because I believe it has some of the most driven student bodies of America. It's a place where students have their own businesses, websites, film companies, and so much more. The school itself can be stressful, but the experience you get here is like no other place.
    More about Howard University
  5. 5

    Catholic University of America

    • Washington, DC
    • 871 reviews
    College Junior:If you don't like the school you will transfer, as most diverse students do by the end of freshman year. The kids who stick around end up liking it a lot. I have heard that the older you get, the harder it will get academically but the more fun you will have socially.
    More about Catholic University of America
  6. 6

    Gallaudet University

    • Washington, DC
    • 404 reviews
    College Sophomore:I chose Gallaudet because while I was born deaf to a family with over five generations of deaf people before me, I had never gotten deeply involved in my culture as a deaf person. I never learned much American Sign Language and I never had any deaf or hard-of-hearing friends. Gallaudet University, focused on the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, changed that for me. I was able to immerse myself in the culture and identify parts of myself that were already culturally Deaf without my knowledge. I met people of similar backgrounds and ones vastly different from my own that helped me realize I didn't have to fit a specific model as a deaf person to be a Culturally Deaf person. If I had a chance, I would probably have gotten more involved in clubs and organizations for multiply-disabled students earlier on, rather than waiting to be approached by others with mobility aids wondering if I'd ever picked up an application.
    More about Gallaudet University
  7. 7

    Trinity Washington University

    • Washington, DC
    • 417 reviews
    College Sophomore:I respect the college I'm attending. I'm glad I have teachers who are devoted in their work to help us students however they can. What I do not like about the school is on campus, the girls tend to make a lot of noise late at night around 2-3 in the morning, they do not clean up behind themselves, and they do not follow the rules. For me it's humiliating for women to know better than to act like a mature individual than to act like a child.
    More about Trinity Washington University
  8. 8
    College Junior:Registration is easy but the amount of classes available could use some assistance. The full time professors seem to be more dedicated than some of the adjunct professors. Some adjunct professors are good as well. If you work full time, you may not want to try and go to school full time because the course load can be difficult to manage.
    More about University of the District of Columbia