Universities and Colleges in and around D.C.

Washington D.C. is the best place to be to study politics and history. You’ve got four well-renowned universities in D.C., along with several topnotch colleges where you can explore the world of higher education. No wonder the capital is breeding ground for aspiring change-makers from all over the world.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University enjoys a stellar reputation as the highest ranked university in D.C! Older than the neighborhood where it’s located (Georgetown, if you’re still not familiar), Georgetown University is a research-driven institute and counts several renowned politicians and luminaries as part of its faculty. Famous alumni include Mary Jordan, Bill Clinton, and Jose Manuel Barroso.

George Washington University

Named after George Washington, this private research university is ranked 65th in the U.S. and caters to a student body of over 21,000. Political activity of more progressive inclinations is particularly active among the student population, but you’ll find other organizations that cater to other interests (like sports!)

Some of the schools that make up George Washington University include School Business, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Elliott School of International Affairs, and Milken School of Public Health.

American University

Focused on a liberal arts curriculum, the private American University is particularly renowned for its programs in public affairs, international law and human rights, and public policy. It’s also known as one of the most politically active schools in the country, even taking the top spot from 2008 to 2012, according to The Princeton Review.

Studying here, you’ll get to mingle with a very internationally diverse student population. You’ll also get to brush shoulders once in a while with visiting foreign dignitaries.

Howard University

One of the top 125 universities in the country, Howard University is a historically black institution that was established in 1867. It sits on an impressive campus encompassing approximately 250 acres, leaving plenty of space to pursue your degree in different programs such as business, communications, arts and sciences, dentistry, and education.

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2016 edition of best D.C. area high schools

Quality education has always been one of D.C.area’s main draws. To help families choose the best school to send their children, Lotus Prep, an education company based in Washington, D.C., came up with up a list of top high schools in the area based on academic excellence.

Touted as the only high school rankings of its kind by Mike Weagley, Lotus Prep’s chief executive officer, the top schools were chosen for their outstanding academic outcomes, including average SAT score and percentage of students named as Presidential Scholar candidates or National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists.

    1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – Students from Thomas Jefferson boast an average SAT score of 1466 — the second highest in the area — but reign supreme when it comes to the percentage of National Merit semi-finalists (31.90%).

    2. Montgomery Blair High School – This magnet school in Silver Spring has the highest average SAT score in the D.C.-area (1488) and the second highest percentage in National Merit semi-finalists.

    3. Sidwell Friends School – A private school, Sidwell Friends has an average SAT score of 1400 (the third highest in the area) and the second highest percentage of Presidential Scholar candidates.

    4. National Cathedral School – Another private institution, National Cathedral boasts the highest percentage of Presidential Scholar candidates (9.76%) and students attending the best colleges in the United States (15.79%).

    5. St. Albans School – St. Albans, a private school in Washington, D.C., has the third highest percentage of students attending the top 15 colleges in the country (14.21%).

    6. Maret School – Maret School’s average SAT scores are impressive, and its percentage of students attending the country’s top colleges is also noteworthy.

    7. Georgetown Day School – Average SAT scores at Georgetown Day School number at 1343, while 9.54% of its graduates have went on to study in the country’s top 15 colleges.

    8. St. Anselm’s School – St. Anselm’s ties with Holton-Arms for the sixth highest average SAT score in the D.C.-area. It also boasts an impressive percentage of National Merit semi-finalists.

    9. Holton-Arms School – Holton-Arms has sixth highest percentage of National Merit semi-finalists (9.18%) in the D.C.-area.

    10. Potomac School – Potomac School completes the top 10 high schools in the D.C.-area with its impressive academic outcomes.

For the full rankings, visit


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