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The University of the District of Columbia is historic and modern, all at the same time. Public higher education in the District is rooted in the school for “colored girls” that Myrtilla Miner founded in 1851 in Washington, D.C., which came to be called the Miner Normal School.

Washington Normal School, a school for white girls established in 1873, was renamed Wilson Normal School in 1913, after James O. Wilson, Washington’s first superintendent of public schools.

In 1929, Congress enacted a statute that converted both normal schools into four-year teachers colleges. For several years, Miner Teachers College and Wilson Teachers College were the only institutions of public higher education in the city.

After the landmark U.S. Supreme Court school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education (U.S. 1954), the two colleges merged in 1955 to form the District of Columbia Teachers College.

Over the next decade, D.C. residents petitioned for an expansion of higher education that would provide training for careers other than teaching. In 1966, Congress enacted the District of Columbia Public Education Act, which established Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute.

Although these schools were still very new, many Washingtonians continued to advocate for a comprehensive university.

The City Council authorized the consolidation of the three schools, and in 1976, began the monumental task of creating a new University of the District of Columbia. In 1977, under President Carter’s leadership, UDC began consolidating its academic programs.

These efforts culminated in the establishment of five colleges: Business and Public Management; Education and Human Ecology; Liberal and Fine Arts; Life Sciences; Physical Science, Engineering, and Technology; and University College and Continuing Education.

UDC continues to transform itself over time to meet the changing needs of its students and the community. The University currently offers 81 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs through the following colleges and schools



Embracing its essence as a public historically black urban-focused land- grant university in the nation’s capital, UDC is dedicated to serving the needs  of the community of the District of Columbia, and producing lifelong  learners who are transformative leaders in the workforce, government, nonprofit sectors and beyond.



  • All students will achieve their highest levels of human potential.


Core Values

  • Excellence

  • Collaboration

  • Sustainability

  • Innovation

  • Integrity

  • Washington DC Branch

    4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

Courses offered by University of the District of Columbia


Fashion Merchandising (AAS)

Students in fashion merchandising learn about the planning, production, promotion, and distribution of products in fashion industries to meet consumer demand.

by University of the District of Columbia

American Sign Language—Beginning

This course is an introduction to American Sign Language, including finger spelling, sending and receiving signs, background information on deafness, and interaction with the deaf community.

by University of the District of Columbia

Team Building to Produce Highly Effective Teams in the Workplace

This course teaches the basic principles of building and sustaining teams in organizations. Topics include: team dynamics, process improvement, trust and collaboration, and the role of the individual in the team.

by University of the District of Columbia

Meeting and Event Planning

This course focuses on the basic skills and fundamentals of event and meeting planning. Participants will learn the practical concepts of event management, event marketing, production and theory.

by University of the District of Columbia

Creative Writing

This course provides a foundation for self-expression through the art of writing. Students will create, develop and share original works from various genres of literature.

by University of the District of Columbia

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