2018 Best Colleges for International Relations in AmericaAbout this List

The Best Colleges for International Relations ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares the top international relations programs in the U.S. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Macalester College

    • 4 Year
    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 373
    30 Best Colleges for International Relations in America

    College Freshman: The first week on campus is orientation, where first years are put into "clans" made up of students from our first year courses and students from another "sister" first year course. Clans spend this week getting to know each other and the campus, by playing ice breaker games and talking in circles. There are also opportunities for students to go and explore campus, meet staff and introduce themselves to different services offered on campus. There were also a lot of activities being held at all hours of the day- sometimes it could be overwhelming because there was never enough time to get to everything, but it was nice to have options. There were mandatory meetings with the school president and other staff to teach the first years about Macalester values and principles, such as consent, sustainability, diversity, and multiculturalism. While these could get a bit tedious, it was also very nice to have all the first years in one place to learn about Macalester. Overall, orientation here at Macalester was great, and really acclimated me to the college- so much so that after orientation, I already felt as though I had been on campus for a month, rather than a week. The welcoming nature of Macalester and the acceptance felt from staff and fellow students did not dissipate once classes began, either. Any stereotypes you have previously made of people based on their appearance or clothing is contradicted at Macalester. Everyone that I would normally write off as shallow or rude turn out to be very intelligent, kind, and open. It definitely threw me for a loop for a while, but it is nice to know that negative stereotypes do not prevail here. This means, however, that diversity of opinion on political and social issues is not very diverse. Most people on campus are very progressive, and this is definitely not a campus for someone of more conservative beliefs because there will rarely be someone else to agree with. Finally, classes are challenging but interesting and rewarding
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 37% Acceptance Rate
    • $28,528 Net Price
    • 1260-1490 SAT Range
  2. Boston University

    • 4 Year
    • Boston, MA
    • 3,078
    41 Best Colleges for International Relations in America

    College Freshman: Boston University is an institution that within one semester has taught me the value of balance, friendships and motivation. What makes Boston University so unique is the students' ability to be bot intellectual yet socially and culturally aware, well socialized and happy. Yes, towards finals week things may get more stressful and the work is very challenging but through it you get to know a lot about yourself, what you can handle and what you can do to prepare yourself best for a successful experience at the University. Another thing that makes Boston U unique is the fact that there are so many resources on and off of campus that can make your experience more dynamic than just going to another great school in the Northeast. Research labs, internships, corporations and the notable alumni and professors all act as accessible tools to help cultivate and enrich your experience beyond the books.

    If I had the option I would choose Boston University again. Despite this being my first semester at the University, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. The culture, the overall vibe, the people and the appreciation and longing for academic and cultural enrichment cannot be matched! If you are looking for a University where you can meet the smartest yet most interesting people ever- Boston University is the place. Go Terriers!
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 29% Acceptance Rate
    • $31,539 Net Price
    • 1220-1420 SAT Range
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