2022 Top Public Universities in District of Columbia

Public universities are often the most affordable option for students pursuing higher education, but it’s not just affordability that makes these institutions attractive. Public universities also rank highly among the best universities in many states, District of Columbia included.

Public universities receive state and federal funding. Although they generally have larger class sizes than private institutions, they also tend to offer a wide variety of academic programs, diverse student bodies, and prestigious research opportunities.

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    #1

    University of the District of Columbia

    Washington, DC

    Graduation Rate

    13%

    Enrollment

    4,199

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6020

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12704

    From its campus in Washington, District of Columbia, University of the District of Columbia offers multiple programs as a public institution. Students can earn a degree or certificate that prepares them for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.