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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