The Best Washington Colleges

Washington, District Of Columbia area Colleges

There are 12 ranked colleges within the Washington city limits and 61 colleges within a 50 mile radius. Area colleges collectively enroll a total of 487,444 students. If you're looking for a large school, University of Maryland University College enrolls the most students with 18 currently taking classes. In terms of affordability, Baltimore City Community College offers the lowest tuition for colleges in the Washington area at $2,640 per year.

The top rated college in the area is Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland which is ranked #10 in the nation by CollegeSimply.

Also explore Washington area public, private, four year, public four year, community and junior colleges.

The Washington area is home to popular nationally ranked institutions like Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and American University.


61 results

Johns Hopkins University
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Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in America

  • 31,275enrollment
  • $24,034net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1520-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

36 miles from Washington

Georgetown University
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Washington, DC

Georgetown University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 20,984enrollment
  • $35,566net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1560SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

3 miles from Washington

George Washington University
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Washington, DC

George Washington University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 25,939enrollment
  • $42,723net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1490SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

2 miles from Washington

American University
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Washington, DC

American University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 13,885enrollment
  • $41,369net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1430SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.7Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

5 miles from Washington

University of Maryland College Park
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College Park, MD

University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 40,792enrollment
  • $16,210net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.84Estimated Avg GPA

7 miles from Washington

Loyola University Maryland
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Baltimore, MD

Loyola University Maryland

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in Maryland

  • 5,238enrollment
  • $33,312net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1360SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

37 miles from Washington

George Mason University
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Fairfax, VA

George Mason University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 39,049enrollment
  • $18,479net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1350SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

16 miles from Washington

Goucher College
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Baltimore, MD

Goucher College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Maryland

  • 1,727enrollment
  • $30,945net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1113-1328SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

42 miles from Washington

University of Mary Washington
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Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 3,757enrollment
  • $21,863net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

48 miles from Washington

University of Maryland Baltimore County
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Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 13,991enrollment
  • $17,692net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

29 miles from Washington

Howard University
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HBCU
Washington, DC

Howard University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 12,886enrollment
  • $28,279net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1290SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

1 miles from Washington

Maryland Institute College of Art
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Baltimore, MD

Maryland Institute College of Art

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Maryland

  • 1,952enrollment
  • $43,545net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 967-1362SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

35 miles from Washington

Towson University
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Towson, MD

Towson University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 19,793enrollment
  • $14,443net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1230SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

40 miles from Washington

Marymount University
M
Arlington, VA

Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 3,711enrollment
  • $24,664net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA

6 miles from Washington

Gallaudet University
G
Washington, DC

Gallaudet University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 1,322enrollment
  • $13,787net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 752-1089SAT range
  • 14-20ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

1 miles from Washington

Coppin State University
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HBCU
Baltimore, MD

Coppin State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 2,006enrollment
  • $8,562net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 860-1040SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 2.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

34 miles from Washington

Bowie State University
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HBCU
Bowie, MD

Bowie State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 6,275enrollment
  • $13,886net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 800-1048SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.12Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

16 miles from Washington

Morgan State University
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HBCU
Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 9,101enrollment
  • $13,956net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 880-1060SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.1Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

38 miles from Washington