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Colleges for Future Diplomats

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The world could use more peace and diplomacy. For students who feel that calling, there are many prominent programs whose graduates want to make the world a better place.

The George Washington University

  • The George Washington University
    Washington, DC 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate50%
  • Home to the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW students relish opportunities to intern with the State Department and other DC-based institutions. Numerous concentrations are available (for example, Conflict Resolution, Global Public Health). Some students opt to pursue their major with a focus on Asian, Latin American or Middle East studies.

    Pomona College

  • Pomona College
    Claremont, CA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate7%
  • Pomona, part of the Claremont Colleges, considers its program “the strongest international relations programs in any American liberal arts institution.” The college sponsors an International Relations Colloquium, and senior fieldwork is funded by the IR department.

    Princeton University

  • Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate4%
  • The mighty Princeton is home to the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Undergraduates are required to study abroad or have policy-related field work, enroll in a Policy Task Force and also write a policy thesis.

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA 4-Year, Public
    Acceptance Rate11%
  • Among the many prominent programs at UCLA is International Development Studies (IDS). Students are invited to “engage with debates around the widening patterns of disparities of wealth, power, privilege, and access to social justice that occur in the Global North and Global South.”

    Georgetown University

  • Georgetown University
    Washington, DC 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate12%
  • Service is deeply embedded in this Jesuit university, which has an entire college devoted to international affairs. The Walsh School of Foreign Service dates back to 1919. Undergrads choose from several majors, including International Political Economy and Science, Technology and International Affairs. Fortunately, students at Georgetown College may pursue a program in Justice and Peace Studies.

    William & Mary

  • William & Mary
    Williamsburg, VA 4-Year, Public
    Acceptance Rate37%
  • This star in the Virginia system considers its International Relations program to be among the best in the country. W&M tells students: “You will study topics ranging from climate change and pandemic disease to economic development and international conflict.”

    Williams College

  • Williams College
    Williamstown, MA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate9%
  • At Williams, the Global Studies program allows students to customize their curriculum. They select a track related to an area of the world (e.g., Russian and Eurasian) or a theme (e.g., Economic Development). A Global Studies Colloquia is an integral program component.

    Tufts University

  • Tufts University
    Medford, MA 4-Year, Private
    Acceptance Rate11%
  • International relations: It’s “a hallmark of Tufts’ undergraduate curriculum.” The Medford, MA, university has long been known for its Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the graduate school at which some IR majors take classes.

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