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Colleges and Universities in the Washington, DC, Area

Colleges and Universities in the Washington, DC, Area

The Washington, DC, area is home to some of the most prestigious and renowned colleges and universities in the United States. This region offers a variety of higher education institutions that cater to students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Let’s explore some of the best colleges and universities in Washington, DC:

Georgetown University

One of the most notable universities in the DC area is Georgetown University, located in the heart of the city. It is a private research institution that offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as business, law, medicine, and international affairs. The university is known for its highly selective admissions process and rigorous academic standards.

George Washington University

Another prominent university in the DC area is George Washington University, located just a few blocks from the White House. It is also a private research institution that offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as engineering, education, and public health. The university is particularly known for its international programs and connections to government and politics.

Howard University

Howard University is a private, historically black university (HBCU) located in Washington, DC. It was founded in 1867 and is named after General Oliver O. Howard, a Civil War hero and founder of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Howard University has a diverse student body and offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in a range of disciplines including business, law, medicine, dentistry, and social work. 

American University

American University is another notable institution located in the northwest part of the city. It is a private university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as international relations, communication, and law. The university is known for its commitment to social justice and sustainability.

In addition to these well-known universities, the DC area also has several community colleges and smaller institutions, such as Northern Virginia Community College, Trinity Washington University, University of the District of Columbia, Gallaudet University, the Catholic University of America, and more. These schools offer a more affordable option for students who want to pursue higher education in the DC area.

One unique aspect of attending college in the DC area is the opportunity to intern or work in the city’s vibrant political and cultural scene. Many universities in the area have strong connections to government agencies, nonprofits, and cultural institutions, providing students with unparalleled networking and career opportunities.


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.