Van Ness Campus

About UDC

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008 |202.274.5000



At UDC, the entire city is our campus. From the new community college and workforce development programs to the extension services, and more, we are active in every ward, educating and enriching the lives of students, neighbors and stakeholders.

Welcome to UDC!


The University of the District of Columbia is an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and an urban land-grant institute of higher education.  Through its community college, university and graduate schools, it offers affordable post-secondary education to District of Columbia residents at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.  These programs will prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, the next level of education, specialized employment opportunities or life-long learning.


The University of the District of Columbia will be a diverse, selective, teaching, research and service university in the land-grant and Historically Black College and University traditions, serving the people of Washington, DC, the nation and the world.  It will also provide non-academic services, such as workforce development to help students with immediate entry into the workforce.


1. Create and nurture a premier community college

  • open admissions policy
  • major vehicle for workforce development
  • gateway to a four-year college education

2. Become an outstanding institution for undergraduate education with a global focus

3. Offer exceptional, research-driven graduate and professional programs of importance to the District and the nation

4. Provide an important economic engine for the District of Columbia and region

Responsibilities of The University

The University of the District of Columbia strives to ensure that the institution continues its mandated mission to meet the comprehensive post-secondary education needs of the residents of the District of Columbia. Education, across the continuum, is central to the development of the city, not only in the present, but also in planning and building for the future. It is the foundation for the active participation of all of the citizens of the District of Columbia - economically, socially, morally, culturally and politically.

The University places education at the highest priority in plans to revitalize the city, without placing limits on what citizens can achieve and how they can contribute. University students come to the institution with a wide variety of educational interests, and to the extent that feasible, ever effort is made to meet their needs.

The University shares with the rest of the region the responsibility of building a community of learners, able to access a multitude of educational options, as well as access entry and exit points along the educational pipeline. In this way, the city is assured of a world-class workforce, current in their skills and talents, advancing as rapidly as the industry base demands.

The University reaffirms its commitment to excellence through service, as it prepares its students for the global, technological challenges of life in the 21st Century.