Colleges around the nation's capitol usually prove to have higher than national averages of median early and mid-career salaries.
The data reveal that early career alumni, with 1-3 years of experience, have a high median salary from Georgetown University and from Howard University. Georgetown alumni stay ahead of the pack for mid-career pay as well.
However, the long-term earning potential of graduates from George Washington University is also high.
The Catholic University of America claims a good student-to-faculty ratio. The smallest college on the list, Strayer University, with about 1,000 undergraduates, has the highest amount of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.
When alumni are asked if they would recommend the college, Georgetown University has the highest rating, with about 90 percent recommending it.