Hi all! Recently admitted to USC and Georgetown SFS. I am really happy about both schools, but I am worried about making the right decision. USC has always been my dream school (love the football games, social atmosphere, campus, location in Southern California), but Georgetown’s SFS better fits my academic interests as a hopeful IR major (and they have a science, tech and international affairs major which I am really interested in). With that being said, I know that USC’s IR program is pretty good too (but GT’s is probably the better choice). Likewise, Georgetown’s social life and campus is great too (but USC has stuff like Peaks and Professors, and great football games). I am leaning a little more towards Georgetown because I would hate to turn down the great opportunities SFS has to offer for IR, but I also really, really want to go to USC.
Can anyone speak to any of the factors aforementioned? Does anyone know how USC’s IR program compares to GT’s in detail? Alternatively, how does Georgetown’s social life compare to USC’s? I am big on the outdoors, so are there any outdoors-y activities at GT (like backpacking with professors at USC)? With the whole COVID-19 crisis, I can’t really visit the schools in session, so I would really appreciate anything anyone has to say about the social atmospheres! Also, I have a pretty laid back personality, so I am a little nervous about SFS’s reputation of having a pretty cutthroat, competitive atmosphere (and there is always the possibility of me deciding to switch majors completely, in which case I feel USC would be the better choice).
Note: I have visited both schools before when they were in session. Financial aid is the same for both schools.