According to the US News & World Report National Universities Rankings, Georgetown University is the highest ranked university in the state of District of Columbia, followed by George Washington University (53rd nationally in 2010).

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is one of the best business schools in the world, with its MBA program rated 40th globally in the Financial Times MBA Rankings 2009.

George Washington University is a leading private comprehensive research university located in Washington, D.C. It is one of the Top 10 International Relations Schools for Policy Careers (Foreign Policy).

Howard University is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Strayer University is a top online university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is one of the six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. The Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Kogod School of Business at American University is recognized as among the country's top business schools by BusinessWeek, the Economist: Which MBA?, the Princeton Review, and the Wall Street Journal. It offers a range of academic programs including undergraduate degrees, master of science degrees, master of business administration, and graduate certificates.

List of colleges and universities in Washington, D.C.:
  • American University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Corcoran College of Art and Design
  • Gallaudet University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University
  • National Defense University
  • Strayer University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Wesley Theological Seminary

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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