The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the only public institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. Chartered in 1974 as an urban land-grant institution with an open admission policy, it serves as the District's community college, its public baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degree granting institution.
UDC was created from the merger of three existing institutions of higher education, DC Teacher's College, Federal City College and the Washington Technical Institute. As a result, while a new University in some respects, UDC has generations of alumni. UDC has been accorded Historically Black College and University (HBCU) status by the federal government -- a status that brings prestige, additional resources, and additional responsibility. UDC is one of only six HBCUs in the nation with an American Bar Association-accredited law school.
UDC is committed to responding to both the academic aspirations and the occupational needs of local residents. It keeps abreast of the job marketplace, producing competitive programs and graduates in response to current trends. And the University proudly accepts its role of accommodating the under-prepared student, believing that the success of such students is as essential to the future financial health and well-being of the District of Columbia as it is to the students themselves.