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University of the District of Columbia

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I've been going to UDC since the Fall of 2012. I am currently majoring in Psychology and plan to attend the Fall 2014 semester. So far, my experiences with the professors here have been excellent. Many have compelled me to learn and are very challenging. I've enjoyed the time I've spent here and will continue to work towards my Bachelor’s degree. Though the education is excellent, I agree with the other reviewers when I say that the Administration is sub par. I believe this is what gives UDC a bad name and even deters people away from it. I find it rather saddening because I see so much potential in this university.



This was my first time I’ve encountered an unprofessional sloppy disgusting university. I’m a friendly person and I am very observant, when it comes to going to new places and meeting new people. The Admission and financial Aid offices are so RUDE, unprofessional RACIST and CARELESS ABOUT HELPING STUDENTS. Elementary kids can work and function better than the staff there. They have a really bad attitude. I’ve made multiple calls, emails and voice-mails. Nobody calls back! I’ve attempted calling the person in charge but no response back. Nobody picks up. Beware of the Admission and financial Aid offices.

The staffs there are the biggest liars you will ever meet. I remember going there one time, and they acting so fake pretending that they were so busy. I waited patiently for a good 10-15 minutes. They were totally ignoring me. I was eying all of them and noticed them peaking and whispering to each other. It was so uncalled for. After saying: good Afternoon, Hello, Excuse Me, and Hellooooooo? I shouted out loud and said ---- Do any of you know your manners or what? This is total bullshit. You retarded folks are standing there like idiots and not see me? You have a front desk for a reason right? You’re suppose to communicate with the customers and make them feel welcome with good customer service. Did you not work before or had any training? Seems like you all haven’t learned anything. If you don’t like your job try unemployment or look for another job. That would be good for a change. You people make me sick and are a disgrace to this university and to this country. I will make a formal complaint to the board of education and make sure this issue will be resolved. If this involves your job in the line so be it.

After I stopped talking –They looked at each other, 2 of them got up together and approached me and answered my questions. They acted so fake and gave me incorrect answers. They were all surprised to see me a Latino U.S Citizen voice his opinion about their performance. I guess they all thought I didn’t speak any English and didn’t have the guts to show my FREEDOM OF SPEECH. At the END, I wrote a letter to the DC city of council and Board of trustees. They told me they will contact the university.

**** PEOPLE please; be sure to bring a voice recorder or anything that will help you. If you decide to go to this horrible life wasting university please make an about face and RUN Forest RUN. These kinds of people can ruin your career/life. After this horrible experience, I now bring a voice recorder to every college I go to. It just to shows why our economy is fucked up. Good Luck everybody and please don’t be afraid to show your FREEDOM OF SPEECH. :)


The teachers can be good or bad just like any other university. I've had excellent teachers in my grad program. However, the administration is terrible. No one answers emails. Help desks seems to give alot of incorrect answers to basic questions. I asked if my diploma was sent out because an email said it was suppose to be done early last month. The person responsible at the registrar said that it should be sent out in a day or two. I still haven't received it. I've literally sat down in a chair and watch a student secretary eat his lunch for 30 mins as I waited to pay for my graduation fee.


Though I have not attended this school the experience I have had thus far has been extremely unprofessional. I (and my school counselor) have been trying to get hold of someone at the school for while now. They do not response to emails, do not answer their phones, and no not respond to voice messages and I suppose they do not check their paper mail.

UPDATE: They have finally got back to me. I'm not sure whether they are actually busy or just very very slow. I highly doubt the reason for the late reply was due to them being busy because much larger universities have gotten back to me in a much MUCH shorter time frame.


You certainly get what you paid for with this college. Clearly the low tuition is a clear sign. Students do not learn at this school. Most of the professors grade on a curve or just give out grades. Not to mention most of the instructors have extremely liberal political views which they will continuously barrage their students with in every class from economics to math to chemistry. Also, even though the mission of the school is to provide low cost education to residents of the District of Columbia, the school and most instructors have the believe that their mission is to teach the African American population of the city. Most lessons are geared around the their struggle or culture and how whites in the city are using money to force out the blacks. IT makes being a white male student at this school a very threatening and volatile experience.


Financial aid are Thieves


Excellent professors, who care

Small intimate classes. Being someone who has experienced HBCU's prior to UDC it falls into the same category of administratively it could do better, but UDC makes up for it with the professors. Best program i have experienced thus far in my education. Great program without the debt!


Thinking about starting classes there but so far. Not Professional no one answers the phone or give you call backs.


if i could give it negative stars i would!!! You get what you pay for thats all have to say!!! professors cant teach!!


Cool I'm working there


I graduated on 2009 and had a wonderful experience with my cohort and faculty. It seems they are making some progress on the everyday issues that one might encounter in small low funded institutions.


I'm a current student and I often find the university webpages filled with outdated info, totally unreliable! I view some of the administrative staff beyond unprofessional and for the most part shiftless ( most government employees), but I credit most professors to be competent but just as discouraged with school administration as the students! If you thoroughly read your books, research, take notes and do your homework, you will learn as much or more as any student anywhere else!


I had tried to enrolled in this school twice now and it's the most disorganized and unprofessional school that I have ever tried to attend. My experience was horrible. After a whole week of trying to enrolled I'm still trying but I finally gave up.


Its a great school with a bad administration office. Don't sleep on it though. Most of the teachers are great. Just remember if you plan on going to udc you have to grow up and take charge. They do loose important documents and i think they do it on purpose because they know who to catch slipping. You have to be an adult and handle your on business instead of depending on someone else to do it for you at this school. Really good prices too. And the music program is bomb. Its also a hbcu in a white neighborhood.


Couldn't get in touch with a live person.. Kept getting transferred to automated machines. Did not get my request or questions answered...


Disclaimer: I am speaking purely as a visitor to this campus, and my review is purely a reflection on the campus from an aesthetic standpoint.

I attended an event on this campus and while the event was great, this is one of the ugliest campuses I have ever seen. The campus is an ode to brutalist architecture, arguably the most aesthetically offensive style ever devised. It is all virtually windowless, angular, concrete buildings. My sensibilities were offended.


Course selection is very good; faculty and staff are very good; and general vibe is good.


Great school to be a HBCU. The Administrative Staff is the worst. Really a lot of unprofessional govt workers that dont care if anyone receives a education. The main campus is the worst, but the professors are great.Study, come to class and participate you will succeed.


Fun teachers. Easy to reach. Nice people


I would want to give it 3 and 1/2. I liked the teachers and the learning experiences. The students not so much. The teachers I had answered their emails. My counselor not so much. Other than the students and the non teacher staff. Loved it, definitely. I graduated from here with my masters 😊😊😊


I agree that administrative work is little slow but when it comes to education and professors, I would say they are really great, knowledgeable, kind and caring. They always try to help you to learn and never let you down. They always support brilliant students in the class and on the other hand they never abandon weak students too. Some people complain that school building architecture is ugly but just keep in mind the UDC construction completion dated back to 1851. So, I don't let this to impair my judgement about very good professors and education in here.


The staff and students are great. I love being a student here.


have great staff and dedicated students!


The WORST University standing, one of the staffs named Erick Myrick was the rudest of all, I wanted was know why I had an admin fee placed on my student account so I can order my transcript.... I am glad I am no longer with this University.... staff do not care, why then do they work in a school. who is the HR that hire this folks must be blind!


One of the best experiences I have had as a student.

The professors were extremely helpful in guiding me to obtain an education .

The facility is improving and they have an excellent student center.

The student body is very a diverse population.

The administration staff are as friendly. as you are to them. In other words if you act a fool than expect to be treated as one. 😊


great school , great location


It is a shame that after paying the application fee and being sent an acceptance letter I find out there is a hold on my account. After looking into that, I was told I have an unpaid balance from 2005. I was also informed I had made payments which total about 75% of what was owed initially. I was told to see if I qualify for amnesty to cover what's stilled owed. I did and was told no. The reason being is I don't have a GPA of 2.0 at the time of owing. I don't have a GPA because I had withdrew from classes before I had received any credits for the classes I took back in 2004. I am very disappointed and feel let down. After all, I thought I would be starting classes this summer. UDC does not care about DC citizens trying to get an education. My situation is very unfair!


The JazzAlive UDC program is excellent. This is my 2nd Time coming to the DC Jazz Fest. Ally Johnson is a talented pianist. Paul Carr plays soulful sounds on the Sax. It is wonderful to see so many students learning jazz.


very counterproductive environment to work and learn in. Building 38 level 1 feels like a hot sauna. Can't wait until someone sues this school after suffering from a heat stroke , heart attack or asthma attack due to poor AC maintenance they've been getting away with it for years. This is a remodeled building!!! "new and improved"


If you’re looking for a good education with teachers and faculty who care, this is not the place for you.


I have been a student at UDC for two and a half years now as a transfer from another University and have by far had some of the best Professors in my education. They are supportive, responsive, and truly care about the success of their students.

I could have easily given a higher review, except the state of their Admissions and Registration is abysmal. I am due to graduate this semester but because of multiple errors on behalf of the school, I am not sure if that's going to happen. No one, including President Mason, is handling this expeditiously or communicating appropriately. And they wonder why their graduation and retention rates are terrible!

If you plan to take courses here, I suggest enrolling at MC or another one of the consortium schools because otherwise you may never finish school.


This university has one of the worst and least qualified people who process your application not to mention the frustrating long time it takes to process your application as I can speak from my experience. I started my application and it took FOREVER for them to process and then even worse they keep telling me do this and do that or you didn’t do this or you didn’t that when it comes to the requirements and process of the application. 😡😡🤦‍♂️😔


The only good part of this university is that it’s so diverse and some of the instructors are extremely awesome. However, the university is overwhelmingly one of the most horrible place tbh , because it’s full of unprofessional, disrespectful and lazy staffs here and there. The admission/enrollment office sleeps on your application that is a clear testament for gross incompetence and in-diligence and it’s an exasperating experience for students and makes the application/enrollment process abysmal. The woman who authorizes the parking permit is a kind of person that lord knows how on earth she’s working there since she’s the most ghetto and unprofessional person who shouldn’t be at elementary school let alone a university. Big shout out to the campus police who gives your student ID instantly that makes them ROLE MODEL for every staffs . So, the university management should be so serious and committed in evaluating/monitoring what the staffs are doing at every level, otherwise; its already bad graduates stats and performance will even get worse 😡😡😡


University of the District of Columbia professor Amanda Maude Huron celebrates the placing of a bloody and severed replica of President Donald Trump’s head on a Joan of Arc statue.

“Teenage girls are gonna win, ya’ll"

You people are sick.


The Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of the District of Columbia are distributed in three departments: Department of Computer Science and Information Technology; Department of Electrical and Computer Science; and Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. These courses are carefully designed, challenging and internationally competitive. And the college's teacher-student ratio is very low (as close as possible to the 1:1 guidelines), and the equipment is also very advanced.


As a graduate student that completed a Master's in Education recently at UDC, I can speak for how the last 3 years or so have been. UDC is extremely unprofessional and unorganized. The customer service is appalling and it is very difficult to do simple tasks such as pay bills, register for classes, or track down employees. The staff is difficult to reach and rarely call you back or email after a request. I advise finding a different university if you are looking to continue in higher education. Granted, there are some very excellent professors, but it might not be worth your trouble to attend here.


I attended the 2019 graduation to support a loved one. The keynotes were extremely RACIST. They used it as a political platform and just bashed Trump and white american citizens. The lady was literally screaming Trumps name in anger. Have a little class next time.


The best bermuda grass field in DC is here.


Am having a degree in procurement and logistics


Great institution

Laura W.



This is a review of their facilities, specifically the student center and business school.

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