University of the District of Columbia Details
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
An Invitation to Success
|Level of Selectivity
Noncompetitive; moderately competitive for
out-of-state and international students
The University’s location in the nation’s capital lets students
explore unique intellectual, political, and cultural opportunities.
Students have borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress, access to
the famed Smithsonian Institution, and chances to attend concerts, ballet,
and opera at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The Washington
Metropolitan area is home to professional football, hockey, and basketball
teams. Professional baseball is just a half-hour train ride away in
Baltimore. The University is easily accessible by National, Dulles, and
Baltimore-Washington International Airports, Amtrak, and bus services.
University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a four-year,
district-supported, liberal arts institution founded in 1976 as a result
of a merger between District of Columbia Teachers College (1955), Federal
City College (1966), and Washington Technical Institute (1966). Although
UDC had its formal founding in 1976, its history goes back to 1851 with
the founding of the Miner Normal School for colored girls, which merged
with the Washington Normal School for white girls, which later merged in
1955 to form the District of Columbia Teachers College. The Federal City
College and the Washington Technical Institute were both established in
1966 as a result of the Chase Commission, appointed by John F. Kennedy,
which determined the need for a liberal arts and teachers’ college in the
District. Both schools were given land-grant status that same year. After
the District of Columbia was granted home rule, a mandate for
consolidation of District of Columbia Teachers College, Federal City
College, and Washington Technical Institute was issued in 1975.
The Cooperative Extension Services Program is one means by which UDC
fulfills its land-grant mission. Through its outreach program, it works
directly with District of Columbia residents to solve problems related to
improving the quality of life. UDC also operates the District’s
Agricultural Experiment Station and Water Resource Center.
UDC’s three campuses offer students all of the advantages of major
universities. Students can easily commute between campuses via public
The Van Ness campus, in upper northwest Washington, D.C., is a modern
campus situated on 21 acres that houses the academic facilities for the
Colleges of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences,
Engineering, and Technology. The Mt. Vernon Square campus in the downtown
area leases facilities for the College of Business and Public Management
and the graduate division. The Georgia Harvard Campus in midtown
northwestern Washington offers the majority of programs in the College of
Education and Human Ecology.
University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools to award the Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Science, and associate degrees
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $1800 (in-state); $5390 (out-of-state)
Special fees: $429
Estimated total cost: $3029 (in-state); $6619 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 63
Number of scholarships and grants: 377
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $389,620
Range of scholarships and grants: $100–$2,200
April 15–June 30
June 1 (fall); November 1 (spring); April
Graduation from an accredited high school and
completion of the following units: 4 English, 2 mathematics (algebra and
geometry), 2 lab sciences, 2 social sciences, and 2 foreign language.
Students must submit an official high school transcript and provide proof
of immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and
polio. A recent physical by a physician is required. Preference is given
to D.C. residents. A $20 application fee is required.
A minimum of 120 semester hours and completion of
core requirements to include the following hours: 6 English (composition,
literature, and advanced writing), 6 mathematics, 6 natural sciences, 6
social science, 3 philosophy, 3 fine arts, and 4 personal and community
health. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. The last 30 hours must
be completed in residence for bachelor’s degrees; a minimum of 60 hours
and last 15 hours in residence for an associate degree.
|Student Body Profile
Campus Regulations: Hazing prohibited; honor code; freshman orientation is
held during the fall semester.
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
career planning and placement, student employment services, remedial
instruction, diagnostic testing, testing center.
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band,
jazz ensemble, chorale, art exhibits, orchestra, drum and bugle corps, and
dance. Annual events include International Day, Cross Cultural Extended
Family Program, Family Community Day Picnic, and International
Multicultural Recognition Day. In celebration of Black History Month, the
University hosts exhibits, lecturers, and concerts. Students may get
involved in the UDC Trilogy (student-run newspaper) or the Firebird
(yearbook). Communication majors or volunteers can work at the student-run
jazz radio station, WDCU-FM 90.1.
Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government
Association (SGA), which sponsors more than one hundred activities
including class mixers, chess and table-tennis tournaments, free movies,
popular music groups, and numerous workshops on a variety of subjects.
Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma
Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha
Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honor societies are also
represented on campus.
Housing Availability: None (off-campus living only).
Handicapped Services: The University is wheelchair accessible. Available
facilities include elevators, lowered drinking fountains and telephones,
specially equipped restrooms, and wheelchair ramps. Services are also
available for hearing and visually impaired.
Number of faculty members: 619
Student-faculty ratio: 10:1
Full-time faculty members: 383
Part-time faculty members: 232
Faculty members with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 44%
UDC is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Division II and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Intercollegiate Sports: men’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, and
tennis; women’s basketball, cross-country, tennis, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: basketball, flag football, racquetball, swimming,
tennis, and weight training.
Athletic Contact: Athletic Director, Van Ness Campus, Building 47,
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. 20008; Telephone:
202-274-5024; 202-274-5065 (fax).
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Two summer sessions.
Bachelor's Degrees: Accounting, Administration of Justice, Administration
and Supervision, Airway Science, Architecture, Audiology, Biological
Science, Building Construction, Business, Chemistry, City Planning, Civil
Engineering, Communication, Computer Science,
Counseling-Student/Personnel, Criminal Justice, Curriculum and
Instruction, Drama, Earth Science, Economics, Education, Engineering,
English, Environmental Science, Foreign Language, Geography, Health and
Physical Education, Engineering, History, Home Economics, Horticulture,
Industrial Arts, Labor Studies, Leisure Studies, Library Science,
Mathematics, Mental Health, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political
Science, Print Management, Procurement/Public Contact, Public Policy,
Reading, Religion, Social Sciences, Spanish, Special Education, Speech and
Language Pathology, Urban Planning
Associate of Arts: Advertising Design, Child Development and Nursery
School Education, Corrections Administration, Criminology, English,
Fashion Buying and Merchandising, History, Law Enforcement, Leisure
Studies, Media Library Technology, Music, Philosophy, Public
Administration, Urban Studies