UDC Quick Facts

Initially founded in 1851, the University of the District of Columbia has a rich history.  Chartered in 1974, the University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital.  As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts and Science; School of Business and Public Administration; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Studies.  Also included in the university system is the David A. Clarke School of Law.  UDC also offers more than 20 associate degree and certificate programs as well as over 25 Workforce Development programs to prepare students for successful careers and academic advancement.

UDC attracts students of every age from the Washington, DC region, the nation, and the world—providing innovative, results-driven programs that enrich our city with educated, qualified students, ready to work and contribute to its overall prosperity and quality of life.  UDC extends beyond its campus footprint, offering easy access to world-famous monuments, political intrigue and cultural attractions everywhere you look. An education here opens doors to opportunities that can only be found in the nation’s capital.

UDC Sponsors 10 intergollegiate athletic programs and competes in the East Coast Conference. 

Location:                           Washington, DC


Established:                      August 1, 1977
Enrollment:                       5,855
Affiliation:                         NCAA Division II
Conference:                      East Coast Conference (Effective July 1, 2011)
Mascot:                              Firebirds

Colors:                               Burgundy & Gold




Ronald Mason, Jr., J.D.        


Director of Athletics:      

Patricia A. Thomas                


Head Coaches:

Men's Basketball:

Mike Riley   


Women's Basketball:

DeWayne Burroughs                             


Women's Cross Country & Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field:

Alton McKenzie                               


Men's Soccer:

Matt Thompson


Men's & Women's Tennis:

T. Richard "Dickie" Mahaffey,III  


Men's Lacrosse:

Scott Urick


Women's Lacrosse:

Melynda Brown


Sports Information Director:

 Eric Zedalis



University of the District of Columbia

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Sports Complex, Building 47

4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008

Main Phone:  (202)274-5095


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