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Best political science schools...

ubetteraccept_meubetteraccept_me Registered User Posts: 524 Member
What are the best UNDERGRADUATE schools for political science?
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Replies to: Best political science schools...

  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,577 Senior Member
    Cannot be determined
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Registered User Posts: 3,344 Senior Member
    Georgetown, American, George Washington are good, especially because of internships and such.
  • ubetteraccept_meubetteraccept_me Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    anyone else?
  • bobbobbobbobbobbob Registered User Posts: 4,772 Senior Member
    northwestern, georgetown, gw, columbia, dartmouth instantly come to mind.
  • drtmouthgrl523drtmouthgrl523 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    well i hear from some guy that harvard is pretty good ... but what arent they good at.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,105 Super Moderator
    Political Science is a pretty straight forward subject. Most good universities have excellent Political Science programs. What are your stats? It would be pointless to recommend Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale (all of which have top Political Science departments) if you are a 3.3 student with low standardized test scores. But here are some good Political Science departments:

    Columbia University
    Cornell University
    Duke University
    Harvard University
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Princeton University
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of California-Los Angeles
    University of California-San Diego
    University of Chicago
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    University of Rochester
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Washington University-St Louis
    Yale University

    Some excellent departments aren't really large but still very well respected:
    Amherst College
    Carleton College
    Claremont McKenna
    Dartmouth College
    Haverford College
    Macalester College
    Middlebury College
    Swarthmore College
    Williams College

    Please keep in mind that those are just a few of the many good choices. Other universities may not be as strong or as recognized in the field of Political Science, but they will still have excellent offerings.
  • ubetteraccept_meubetteraccept_me Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    I got a 2110 on the SAT (1st time, as a junior),my ACT is 32, my ECs are strong, and my GPA is ~3.8 with 10 APs and 8 honors classes.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,105 Super Moderator
    Check out the following schools.

    Columbia University - Big reach
    Cornell University - Reach
    Duke University - Big reach
    University of California-Berkeley - Reach
    University of California-Los Angeles - Reach
    University of California-San Diego - Match
    University of Chicago - Reach
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Match
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - Reach
    University of Rochester - Match
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - Safety
    Washington University-St Louis - Reach

    Amherst College - Big reach
    Carleton College - Reach
    Claremont McKenna - Reach
    Dartmouth College - Big reach
    Haverford College - Reach
    Macalester College - Match
    Middlebury College - Reach
    Swarthmore College - Big reach
    Williams College - Big reach
  • yougotjohnyougotjohn Registered User Posts: 654 Member
    It's surprising, but I've seen surveys that place Ohio State University's political science department in the fourth of fifth best for undergraduate.
  • Sugaree67Sugaree67 . Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Add Virginia to those lists. Big time history, big time connections.
  • flopsyflopsy Registered User Posts: 8,368 Senior Member

    Assuming you are a California resident,
    UCB/UCLA: Slight Reach
  • ubetteraccept_meubetteraccept_me Registered User Posts: 524 Member
    nope im from georgia. thanks though.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,105 Super Moderator
    yougotjohn, only one ranking has OSU ranked in the top 5 in Political Science...the LSE ranking, which, like all rankings published by one university, is severely flawed. Still, OSU is definitely jas an excellent PS department...but not top 5 in the US.
  • Shark_biteShark_bite Registered User Posts: 1,561 Senior Member
    What about Johns Hopkins? I mean the word "Political Science" was coined by a professor there. That has to say something.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,105 Super Moderator
    Johns Hopkins, like Tufts and Georgetown, is amazing in International Relations but not that strong in Political Science.
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