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2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

There are about 27,284 students enrolled in International Relations and Affairs in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

16,495

Vs. National Avg.

4%

popularity Rank

#66

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$34K

Vs. National Avg.

39%

cost Rank

#83

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$46K

Vs. National Avg.

14%

salary Rank

#118

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

10%

professors Rank

#143

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

7%

students Rank

#111

SUMMARY

Majoring in International Relations and Affairs is a valuable choice and usually a required first step for scholars endeavoring to begin a career as an international public relations officer, an all source intelligence analyst, or a public affairs specialist. Interestingly, international relations and affairs is pretty common ranking as the 48th most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 9,868 international relations and affairs degrees conferred. In-state tuition for international relations and affairs at private schools is, on average, 4.1 times more expensive than their public fellows.

There are 380 colleges which offer international relations and affairs. This number of colleges is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you are looking to surround yourself with other international relations and affairs majors, consider looking at colleges in District of Columbia which have the most undergraduates admitted to international relations and affairs annually. less precisely, the top region to study international relations and affairs is in the Southeast region with Florida International University, Florida State University, and University of Georgia best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to study international relations and affairs is the Atlantic 10 Conference with George Washington University, Fordham University, and George Mason University representing the conference. From our list of the best colleges, our belief is that the best school for international relations and affairs is Stanford University.

The objectively best school does not mean it is the best school for you. There might be many more facets to think about when deciding on ​university. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely affect your thoughts of which university to attend. At Authority, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which international relations and affairs school boasts the best campus, the winner is New York University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which school has the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand from that list, our pick for the university with the best student life for international relations and affairs is Georgetown University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our picks might shock you.

If price is a primary deciding factor in your choice of where you attend college, you might be cautious about University of Chicago. University of Chicago&nbspis our most expensive school for international relations and affairs, at least for out of state enrollment. We do have a list of the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the price tag of University of Chicago&nbspinto perspective. You may also care to know that international relations and affairs is the 7th most expensive program in the US, with an average associated cost of $54,700. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for international relations and affairs on our list is Rhode Island with costs at the main institution, Brown University, of $57,112. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for international relations and affairs is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Connecticut College with a cost of $56,540, Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for international relations and affairs is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by University of Idaho with a cost of $25,418, The College of Idaho with a cost of $31,000, and Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. More optimistically, the most affordable school for international relations and affairs is Florida International University. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying about $10,900 for a degree in international relations and affairs. That cost balloons significantly to an average of $25,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the college with the best value for international relations and affairs: Stanford University. Here you will find our comprehensive list about the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. With that said, this section is based on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for international relations and affairs students can differ, but two-years after finishing the degree graduates will typically earn around $53,900. There is much variation in salary; top positions can rake in up to $108,800. Straight out of university, the lowest earning jobs within the international relations and affairs field make $27,100, which is an alright wage. The highest earning graduates from international relations and affairs attended Stanford University&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The prevailing diversity of international relations and affairs stands high, coming within the 82nd percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for international relations and affairs is New York University&nbspand here you can find our general list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the International Relations and Affairs major sits only within the 7th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, ranking in the 72nd percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion at 54% of scholars studying international relations and affairs. Additionally, 60% of undergraduates seeking an international relations and affairs degree are women.

The median score for international relations and affairs' professors is 4 stars, a score which is actually the median score for every major; this is a fine. If you are looking for the most popular international relations and affairs professor in the country, consider looking up Kenneth Abbott at University of Houston. It might come as a shock, but the top rated instructors of international relations and affairs by student are found at George Washington University. As we including data beyond basic rankings it becomes clear that the college with the best instructors for international relations and affairs is Stanford University. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for international relations and affairs is Stanford University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a detailed page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you believe that approaching academics with a perspective primarily derived from superlatives can cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our more focused pages on different topics and peruse a few of our informative background 'blog posts' on important things to consider as you progress with your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Tufts University

Medford, MA | https://www.tufts.edu/

16%

Acceptance

13,458

Students

#37

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Georgetown University

Washington, DC | www.georgetown.edu/

17%

Acceptance

22,720

Students

#19

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Brown University

Providence, RI | www.brown.edu/

8%

Acceptance

10,807

Students

#13

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA | https://www.virginia.edu/

23%

Acceptance

29,237

Students

#38

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

George Washington University

Washington, DC | https://www.gwu.edu/

43%

Acceptance

32,209

Students

#68

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Pomona College

Claremont, CA | www.pomona.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,733

Students

#40

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Boston University

Boston, MA | www.bu.edu/

20%

Acceptance

42,047

Students

#35

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA | www.cmc.edu/

13%

Acceptance

1,361

Students

#26

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA | www.bc.edu/

26%

Acceptance

16,502

Students

#32

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

American University

Washington, DC | www.american.edu/

39%

Acceptance

16,032

Students

#94

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA | www.swarthmore.edu/

9%

Acceptance

1,689

Students

#36

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX | https://www.utexas.edu/

32%

Acceptance

54,243

Students

#81

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Carleton College

Northfield, MN | https://www.carleton.edu/

21%

Acceptance

2,150

Students

#48

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY | https://www.colgate.edu/

27%

Acceptance

3,112

Students

#51

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA | www.wellesley.edu/

20%

Acceptance

2,735

Students

#31

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for International Relations and Affairs

Emory University

Atlanta, GA | www.emory.edu/

19%

Acceptance

15,970

Students

#24

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

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