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UDC-CC Branch Campus Status Approved

(Washington, DC) – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has approved the University of the District of Columbia’s application for branch campus status for its community college location at 801 North Capitol Street, Northeast. The movement by Middle States reclassifies that location as a branch campus of UDC “within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months.”

“We are very pleased that Middle States recognizes the tremendous progress of our Community College,” said UDC Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rachel Petty. “This symbolizes the great resource UDC-CC has become for our students and our city.”

The Community College opened in August of 2009, providing certificate and Associate’s Degree programs as well as continuing education and workforce development services for thousands of District residents. The Community College operates in three locations in the District of Columbia: 801 North Capitol Street, NE, the former Bertie Backus school at 5171 South Dakota Ave., NE and the PR Harris site at 4600 Livingston, Rd., SE.

A statement of the University’s accreditation status provides information about the institution and its affiliation with the Commission. It is made available to the public in the Directory of Members and Candidates on the Commission’s website at

As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the only public university in the District of Columbia, and a proud Historically Black College, the University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit:

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