Post 200: Universities

Monday, December 27, 2010; 38

Universities draw students and academic professionals to Washington and contribute research. The institutions with the largest fall 2010 enrollment made The Post 200. They are listed alphabetically here.

American University

4400 Massachusetts Ave.

Washington, D.C. 20016


Founded: 1893

President: Cornelius M. Kerwin

Full-time enrollment: 12,400

Full-time employees: 3,229

American for the first time in its history this year saw the value of its assets surpass $1 billion, in part reflecting a growth in investments. The university opened its new 75,000-square-foot home for the School of International Service, an environmentally friendly building that includes 3,230 square feet of solar panels, a passive solar heating system and a 60,000 gallon cistern for water. It also launched the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies to study what is expected by 2050 to become the largest minority group in the nation. To address crowding in campus housing, the university is preparing plans to expand residence halls and build four new ones by 2010.

George Mason University

4400 University Drive

Fairfax, Va. 22030


Founded: 1957

President: Alan G. Merten

Full-time students: 18,819

Full-time faculty and staff: 3,477

George Mason, whose enrollment surged to its highest level ever, expanded with new academic programs and plans for a new campus. The university developed some new nontraditional academic programs, offering a bachelor of fine arts in video game design -- the only university in Virginia and the Washington area to do so -- and a bachelor of science in tourism and event management. The school opened its 148-room Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel, an attempt to profit from the numerous academic conferences held on campus every year. And officials worked on plans to develop a 37-acre parcel in Loudoun County that they intend to use for a new campus.

Georgetown University

37th and O streets NW

Washington, D.C. 20057


Founded: 1789

President: John J. DeGioia

Full-time students: 13,697

Full-time faculty and staff: 4,774

The Jesuit university in Northwest Washington has made progress in rebounding from the economic downturn, which in 2008 resulted in a 25.5 percent plunge in its endowment and forced it to freeze faculty and staff salaries and put construction on hold. In 2010, Georgetown received its largest gift ever, $87 million for medical research. The university also received a $6.9 million economic stimulus grant, and moved forward on its plan to construct a 155,000-square-foot science center. University officials did preliminary work on a 10-year development plan calling for new graduate student and faculty housing, retail space, parking and an expanded medical center.

George Washington University

2121 I St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20052


Founded: 1821

President: Steven Knapp

Full-time students: 16,522 (fall 2010)

Full-time faculty and staff: 4,857 (2009)

George Washington embarked on an expansion plan in 2010, establishing a School of Nursing and opening a new residence hall on the Mount Vernon campus. The school's board of trustees approved construction projects aimed at nearly doubling the size of the Science and Engineering Complex and replacing the School of Public Health and Health Sciences building. The medical school came off academic probation from its accrediting group after correcting a number of problems, including ensuring that clinical experiences align with classroom experiences. The school boosted its budget for financial aid and generated 20 percent more for scholarships through its philanthropic giving campaign.

Howard University

2400 Sixth St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20059


Founded: 1867

President: Sidney A. Ribeau

Full-time students: 8,712

Full-time faculty and staff: 5,014

The private, historically black institution made a financial turnaround in 2010, posting a $4 million operating gain after losses of $49.3 million and $36.4 million the previous two years. Officials attributed the shift partly to the departure of more than 400 staff members through early retirement in 2009 and 2010 as well as revenue gains stemming from an increase in the number of patients served at the hospital. Still, while its endowment increased by $42 million, the university's retirement costs rose by $60 million. And revenue from tuition was off this year as the downturn prompted the university to increase its needs-based aid to students.

University of Maryland College Park

7965 Baltimore Ave.

College Park, Md. 20742


Founded: 1856

President: Wallace D. Loh

Full-time students: 31,936

Full-time employees: 10,283

The flagship College Park campus appointed Wallace D. Loh president in 2010, replacing C.D. Mote Jr., who retired after serving in the position for 12 years. Loh, previously the University of Iowa provost, started Nov. 1 with a salary of $450,000. The university began negotiating with a builder to develop a 38-acre ìtown centerî mixed-use development, reviving a project -- consisting of a hotel, movie theater, upscale grocer, restaurants and graduate student housing -- that had been shelved because of the economic downturn.

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