Suggest Schools?: Small uni's with sustainability and IR focus.

<p>Hello All!
So, the search has begun! I am currently studying at the United World College program, a very rigours IB program focused on Peace and Sustainability, I have fine SATs and grades, and killer service and past experience. I know of a couple schools that I am interested in but have found browsing through the 3 billion brochures to have been little use (Fact: every university, ever, has a brick building, and students who study outside of it; laughing.) and was wondering if you, CC community, could advise me.
My two favourites so far are College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbour (Small, sustainability and global-conciousness focused, international community and a 'put your body where your ideals are' outlook.) and Yale, for its global issues focuses and excellence in all areas.
I'm wondering if you all know of any schools like COA, or that you think are hidden gems for things like sustainability and global issues studies? I would ideally like to study IR, Global Studies type fields, but am also very interested in agriculture and development. Community is key.</p>

<p>If you have any ideas, I'd love a random post! Thanks.
-Hana</p>

<p>Well students who apply to College of Atlantic often also consider Warren Wilson College and Green Mountain College (sometimes Prescott but that doesn’t seem to fit your criteria)</p>

<p>Here are some Davis Institutions <a href=“http://www.davisuwcscholars.org/partners[/url]”>http://www.davisuwcscholars.org/partners</a> that might fit your criteria. Some will have a heavier focus on international issues, other environmental ones. </p>

<p>-Bates College (much more environmental. Very selective)
-Bowdoin (strong environmental, not sure about global. Very selective)
-Bryn Mawr College (good international programs, not sure about environmental, Also a women’s only college)
-Carleton College (fairly self selecting, although does have a fairly low acceptance rate)
-Claremont McKenna (outstanding IR, very selective, part of a consortium which allows for easy cross registration with schools that are strong in environmental policy and science)
-Colorado College (very selective, operates on a block plan. Awesome for environmental fields)
-Oberlin (don’t know much about it. Pretty selective, but students seem to support sustainability initiatives. Reputed to be a more alternative school)
-Dartsmouth College (well it’s an Ivy. It’s selective)
-Johns Hopkins (Very selective. excellent IR, very strong environmental science, particularly geology. Not sure about the sustainability but that seems to be a buzz word that environmental science departments use to market themselves so I’d imagine there are quite a few sustainability initiatives)
-Lewis & Clark College (very focused on sustainability and a good IR program)
-Macalester College (selective. Outstanding IR, great environmental programs)
-NYU (well it’s in the middle of Manhattan. Great political science, very strong sustainability programs since NYC is one of the epicenters of the American movement)
-Scripps (one of the Claremont Colleges. All women. Very selective)
-Stanford (well it’s Stanford. Most selective, but awesome all around)
-Tufts (very selective. Great ES program and amazing IR)
-U Chicago (almost as selective as Stanford and Yale. Great sustainability program and amazing IR)
-University of Oklahoma (maybe. PM me if you want details about its sustainability courses and initiatives. It’s in Oklahoma whose economy is driven by oil, but it does have some awesome programs going on)
-Whitman College (no idea about IR, but great ES)
-University of Rochester (no idea about IR, great sustainability, very selective)
-St. Lawrence College (don’t know much about it, I don’t think its IR is that strong)
-Occidental College (amazing IR, heard about a few sustainability initiatives when I toured)</p>

<p>Hana - Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA has a strong focus on sustainability and peace-building. It’s a small liberal arts college that’s not very competitive to get into, and it’s definitely not a school for partiers, but take a look. I visited and was very impressed. Brand new dorms, good food, nice people (1/2 Mennonite population), and solid academics. The values of sustainability, peace-building, and cross-cultural study are deeply rooted in the Mennonite beliefs, and are not just marketing hype.</p>

<p>Don’t forget Middlebury. I think they’ve got their head on straight and are aiming for the future.</p>

<p>Maybe Pitzer?</p>

<p>I’ll second Morandi. Environmental and international studies are two of Middlebury’s strongest majors. </p>

<p>[Environmental</a> Studies | Middlebury](<a href=“http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/es]Environmental”>Environmental Studies | Middlebury)</p>

<p>[International</a> and Global Studies | Middlebury](<a href=“http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/igs]International”>International and Global Studies | Middlebury)</p>

<p>Dickinson College is strong in both areas.</p>

<p>^ adding to above post</p>

<p>[Dickinson</a> College - Get to Know Dickinson](<a href=“http://www.dickinson.edu/admissions/international/Get-to-Know-Dickinson/#What%20makes%20Dickinson%20different?]Dickinson”>http://www.dickinson.edu/admissions/international/Get-to-Know-Dickinson/#What%20makes%20Dickinson%20different?)</p>

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<p>Connecticut College has some interesting and well known interdisciplinary programs in international studies <a href=“http://conncoll.edu/academic-centers/cisla[/url]”>http://conncoll.edu/academic-centers/cisla</a> and environmental studies [The</a> Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment: Connecticut College](<a href=“http://conncoll.edu/academic-centers/the-goodwin-niering-center-for-the-environment/]The”>http://conncoll.edu/academic-centers/the-goodwin-niering-center-for-the-environment/)</p>

<p>[Global</a> Focus - Connecticut College](<a href=“http://conncoll.edu/academics/global-focus/]Global”>http://conncoll.edu/academics/global-focus/)</p>

<p>Tufts, baby, Tufts!
Fletcher School for IR</p>

<p>Hana, Environmental sustainability and international relations/political science are fairly popular programs these days, so unless you narrow in a bit you’ll get dozens of suggestions.</p>

<p>To take a more systematic approach: First, what is your financial situation? Do you require financial aid? If yes, does your family qualify for need based aid? This is the foundation of your list.</p>

<p>Could you quanitify “fine” grades and scores? Yale, as you may be aware, is one of the most selective colleges in the US. If you have what it takes to get into Yale, you could be a contender at any college in America. (Of course, there are are no guarantees, so have a balanced list of reach/match/safety options.)</p>

<p>Second, what are your preferences in environment? New Haven and Bar Harbor are so different that they’re hardly on the same planet. Do you want urban fast paced or rural, close to nature?</p>

<p>There are quite a few colleges in rural or small town New England that would be worth looking into: Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, Hamilton, Smith, Holyoke.</p>

<p>But check the money first.</p>