UDC Ranks #14 Among Public HBCUs, Among Top 25 of All HBCUs

UDC Ranks #14 Among Public HBCUs, Among Top 25 of All HBCUs

UDC Ranks #14 Among Public HBCUs, Among Top 25 of All HBCUs


UDC Ranks #14 Public HBCU


The University of the District of Columbia ranked #14 among public HBCUs, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 Historically Black Colleges and Universities list released last week. For the second consecutive year, it ranked among the top 25 HBCUs among all public and private HBCUs, earning the 24th spot this year.

University of the District of Columbia President Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D., who took office on August 1, called the rankings “a testament to the unstoppable momentum” of the school.

“UDC is on a roll. In the past few years, the University has been on an upward trajectory—from academic accomplishments to research gains to our ever-expanding role in the greater community,” Edington said. “This recognition will only serve to accelerate us as we continue to build on that energy.”

While he acknowledged that there is still more work to do, Edington said, “the future is bright at UDC.”

“Together, with students, faculty, staff and the greater UDC community, we will work tirelessly as One UDC to elevate this historic University to its greatest height yet—as a first-choice institution in our nation’s capital,” the President said.

UDC is the only public University in the District. It is a historically Black, urban land-grant institution with over 80 degree programs, a nationally recognized law school, a community college and workforce development programs.

Among its recent successes, UDC earned AACSB International accreditation for its School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA), a distinction given to less than 6% of schools offering business programs worldwide.

UDC’s David A. Clarke School of Law was ranked #5 by the American Bar Association for sending graduates to public interest and government jobs. According to the U.S. News and World Report, it tied Harvard University and two other colleges – the University of California Berkeley and the University of Maryland – for #13 ranking in the nation for the Best Clinical Training Law Program.

In May, the University celebrated its first Ph.D. graduates in the history of UDC with degrees in Engineering and Computer Science as well as Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship – the only degree of its kind in the nation.

The first graduates of UDC Community College’s bilingual early-education program received their associate’s degree in May.

UDC and Howard University launched a joint training program in public health information technology with the help of an $8.7 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. The program is free for eligible students as part of UDC’s associate degree, bachelor’s degree or Workforce Development program.

Learn about additional notable UDC achievements here.