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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:                               Red & Gold





Ronald Mason, Jr., J.D.        


Director of Athletics:      

Patricia A. Thomas                


Head Coaches:

Men's Basketball:

Mike Riley   


Women's Basketball:

John Nakpodia                             


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

Joel Phillip                               


Men's Soccer:

Matt Thompson


Men's & Women's Tennis:

T. Richard "Dickie" Mahaffey,III  


Men's Lacrosse:

Rodger Colbert


Women's Lacrosse:

Cassandra Grady


Sports Information Director:

 Marlena Wright



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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