University of the District of Columbia Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of the District of Columbia
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University of the District of Columbia Description:

The University of the District of Columbia is a historically black, public university located in Washington, D.C. (learn about other D.C. colleges). It is the only public university in the District of Columbia and one of the few urban land grant institutions in the United States. The nine-acre main campus is situated in northwest D.C., just a short distance from many of the Washington metropolitan area’s cultural and recreational offerings. UDC offers more than 75 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students, including popular programs in business administration, accounting, biology and administration of justice. The university is especially proud of its education program, including its Center for Urban Education. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The university also includes the UDC Community College, a branch of the university that grants associate’s degrees, and the David A. Clarke School of Law. Campus life is active at UDC, with more than 50 student clubs including the Aviation Student Association and Video Game Association, and a host of fraternities and sororities. The UDC Firebirds field ten men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams in the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,318 (3,950 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 46% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,612 (in-state); $11,756 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,280 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $16,425
  • Other Expenses: $4,627
  • Total Cost: $27,944 (in-state); $34,088 (out-of-state)

University of the District of Columbia Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 75%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65%
    • Loans: 30%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,756
    • Loans: $5,530

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Corrections, Economics, Graphic Design, Health Education, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 56%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 13%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Lacrosse, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of the District of Columbia Mission Statement:

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"The University of the District of Columbia is a pacesetter in urban education that offers affordable and effective undergraduate, graduate, professional, and workplace learning opportunities. The institution is the premier gateway to postsecondary education and research for all residents of the District of Columbia. As a public, historically black, and land-grant institution, the University’s responsibility is to build a diverse generation of competitive, civically engaged scholars and leaders."