<p>I am an International Relations major, transferring from a community college in Texas.
I've gotten accepted to most of the universities I've applied to, but I have narrowed my decision down to these three.
University of Richmond, Occidental, and George Washington University.
(GWU University is the only school that I have not yet received my admissions decision, but I do hope I get into that one.)</p>
<p>The University of Richmond offered me almost full, just one subsidized loan that I will have take out which would bring my total to 5k per year, including room and board.</p>
<p>Occidental College in L.A. offered me a somewhat similar package, except I have to take out a Perkins loan on top of the subsidized loan. I would need to find a way to come up with about $2,500 because Occidental uses the CSS profile, which said that although my parents could not contribute, I could contribute 2,900 out of my own wages I had throughout my last school year (even though I earned less than 6k). Go figure. In total, this school would cost me a little less than 9k.</p>
<p>If I get accepted into George Washington, I am expecting around the same package as Occidental because they also use the CSS profile. However, I am still not sure if I have gotten into this one. I should receive the response by tomorrow, or next week.</p>
<p>I am not sure which school is the best for international relations major. I want to either work for an embassy, be a U.S. Ambassador, or work the U.N. For now, I am inclining toward the URichmond because I would graduate with minimal debt & will brighten my prospects for grad school. Occidental College however, is closer to where I live, and visiting home won't be such a hassle. However, Occidental is less competitive to get into and I would have a quite a bit more debt. It is also a small college. If I get into GWU, I think that would be my best option. I heard their international relations program is quite renowned. However, Occidental has gotten a bit more attention after the news that Obama had attended the school. I have not heard much about UR, but I heard it is generally a very good school. If anyone could give me any insight on any of these schools, or offer me their opinion, I would be so grateful.</p>