2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Washington DC

There are more than 22 accredited post-secondary institutions in Washington DC. Of these schools, 9 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, nine are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 82 online certificate programs, 215 online associate programs, 1,407 online bachelor's programs, 1,230 online master's programs, 1,541 online professional programs, and 311 online doctoral programs. Advanced nursing, information technology, and interior design are examples of subjects offered by these programs.

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Of the online colleges in Washington DC, the one with the greatest number of programs online is George Washington University. George Washington University, a 4-year research university, offers 103 online programs.

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There are of 639,390 workers employed in Washington DC. In the territory, the biggest industries are:

  • Public administration: 18 percent
  • Administration: 22 percent

The average wage in Washington DC is more than the national average. In the US, workers earn a reported $42,871 annually. However, in Washington DC, workers earn a reported $73,440 annually. The highest paid workers in the District of Columbia earn over $140,270 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $23,520 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $59,720.


Tuition may vary for online college courses based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $10,680 to $42,860.


Check with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to determine if a school or program is accredited.

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Washington DC is located in the Northeast region of the United States. Often referred to as the District of Columbia, the territory has an area of 68 square miles. Its average annual temperature is approximately 58°F.

The District of Columbia has an estimated population of 601,723 residents. Approximately 43 percent of those living there are less than 30 years old. Also, the territory has one of the most diverse populations in the nation with about 65 percent of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

As compared to residents in other states around the U.S., Washington DC residents typically complete a lower than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 14.1 percent of the territory’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 18 percent have at least an associate degree, 17.6 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1.7 percent hold a graduate level degree.