Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning

20th Edition Guide (for the academic year 2014-2015)

  • The 20th Edition of the Guide to Graduate and Undergraduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning [PDF] was published in October 2014.
  • A number of people ask about the "ranking" of U.S. planning schools. ACSP is composed of member planning schools but as a policy the organization does not "rank" these schools. We suggest that those interested in the quality and fit of planning programs for their own personal goals look at such characteristics as a program's accreditation (by the Planning Accreditation Board, PAB), the subject areas provided in course offerings and specializations, and the qualifications/publications of the program's faculty. All PAB-accredited planning programs must meet certain minimum standards of performance.

The Guide is prepared as a public service by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering degrees and credentials in urban and regional planning. ACSP hopes to encourage a wide range of high school and undergraduate students to consider a rewarding and challenging career in planning. If you are interested in a career in which you can help your community, influence the direction of growth and change, and build a better future, you should read the GUIDE. The GUIDE is designed to show you:

  • how fulfilling a career in planning might be;
  • the wide variety of jobs which urban and regional planners do;
  • the kind of education and training you need to become a planner;
  • the range of universities which offer planning education and training; and
  • how you might choose a university planning program matched to your interests and needs.

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