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District of Columbia, University of the

public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Washington, D.C., U.S. It is the only public institution of higher education in the district, and it was the first exclusively urban land-grant university. There are three campuses-the Georgia/Harvard Street campus, the Mount Vernon Square campus, and the Van Ness campus. The university consists of the University College, which all students attend until they declare their majors, and the colleges of Business and Public Management; Education and Human Ecology; Liberal and Fine Arts; Life Sciences; and Physical Science, Engineering, and Technology. The Graduate Studies Division offers master's degree programs in business administration, urban policy, and other areas. Total enrollment is approximately 14,000.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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