Barbara Bellesi, Writer, Editor, and Educator
As one of the eight Ivy League schools, University of Pennsylvania offers many top undergraduate degree programs, including one in international relations. The best way to determine any college program's worth is to see what its alumni have gone on to do after graduation. Usually, a university website will list the names of companies, firms, and organizations that have employed its graduates, as well as to which graduate schools students have been accepted. If you have aspirations of joining a certain organization or company after graduation, it would be beneficial to have an alumni network in place.
Determining the best faculty members to work with is a very personal decision. Do you want to work with someone who has researched/published extensively? Someone who has worked for years in the field to which you aspire? Or is it someone who truly enjoys teaching the subject matter and will prove to be accessible as a mentor during your college years? Again, an Ivy League school like UPenn has its pick of top-notch faculty; however, it is ultimately your decision to find faculty members with whom you will enjoy working.