Aug 20, 2017

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is home to the city of Washington, which is the nation’s capital. Washington, DC is the center of the three branches of the federal government of the United States, namely the legislative, executive, and judicial arms. It also hosts all thirteen branches of the federal government. There are nearly two hundred foreign embassies in Washington, as well as hundreds of lobbying groups and professional associations. A number of international organizations are headquartered in Washington, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

WashingtonDCIn addition to being the center of government, the District is a major tourism hub, thanks to the many national monuments and museums that are located in Washington. Millions of tourists visit the District every year to visit these national landmarks.

Besides the federal and DC governments, other major employers include Georgetown University, George Washington University, Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center and Howard University.

Top Reasons to Study in the District of Columbia

  • Education Quality: The District has three universities ranked in the top 100 universities in America, as ranked by US News & World Report, 2014.
  • Quality of Life: The District of Columbia ranked fourth nationally on the American Human Development Index, which measures people’s well-being in three vital areas—health, education, and earningsand their access to opportunity.
  • Employment Prospects:The District of Columbia has traditionally enjoyed a strong job market, mainly on account of the federal government, which accounts for nearly a third of the jobs in the area. In 2015 alone, the DC metropolitan area was reported to have added 68,500 jobs, a 2.2 percent growth that outpaced the national job growth rate of 1.9 percent. Studying in the District provides close proximity to the federal government and many related institutions. Many of the DC-based colleges have strong networks and partnerships that facilitate internships and other opportunities to gain experience with federal agencies and other major public sector employers. The District is also a great location for students interested in international development, given the large number of international organizations, based in the city.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Gallaudet University Communications/ Journalism,Foreign Languages,Psychology Private >10,000 Request Info
Catholic University of America Architecture,Nursing,Politics Private >10,000 Request Info
American University Business Administration,International Studies,Political Science Private >10,000 Request Info
Georgetown University Government,International Affairs,International Politics Private >10,000 Request Info
George Washington University International Affairs,Political Science Private >10,000 Request Info

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in the District of Columbia, contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

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