UDC: Our Unique History Is Unmatched!
For more than eight generations, the University of the District of Columbia and its predecessor institutions has quite literally changed the lives of thousands of students for whom a quality education seemed out of reach. Founded in 1851, the University of the District of Columbia [UDC] was originally established as the Normal School for “Colored Girls” by abolitionist and educator Myrtilla Miner, who envisioned a more equitable society and believed that education and learning opportunities should be available to everyone. Subsequently, other schools emerged as predecessors of UDC to extend quality and affordable education to all residents of the District of Columbia.
Over time, a series of mergers among the District’s teachers and technical colleges gave rise to the city’s first comprehensive university system. In 1977, the District of Columbia Teachers College, Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute combined to form the University of the District Columbia. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Education formally designated UDC among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the school is recognized as a congressionally mandated urban land-grant institution.
In living up to its mission of continuous enhancement of its academic programs and outreach to District and world citizens, the University established the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) in 2009. In addition to its two-year associate degree programs, UDC-CC offers a variety of practical, non-academic educational programs and training to the residents of the District of Columbia and prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce; for the next level of education; for specialized employment opportunities; and for lifelong learning.
Today, the University is a pacesetter in urban education that includes the Community College, and offers 68 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law – one of only 6 accredited HBCU law schools in the nation, and that is also regarded as one of the finest public interest law schools in the country.
Purchase UDC’s commemorative coffee
"160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nation's Capital"