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2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

There are about 5,032 students enrolled in Urban Planning in the USA.

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popularity

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

2,690

Vs. National Avg.

-83%

popularity Rank

#213

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$31K

Vs. National Avg.

27%

cost Rank

#128

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$49K

Vs. National Avg.

22%

salary Rank

#70

professors

Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

27%

professors Rank

#37

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

9%

students Rank

#94

SUMMARY

Majoring in Urban Planning is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a mandatory first step for pupils wishing to enter a career as a landscape architect, an urban community planner, or a landscape gardener. In fact, urban planning is a very rare degree coming in at the 229th most popular major. Last academic year, there were 847 urban planning graduates. In-state tuition for urban planning at private colleges is, on average, 4.9 times more pricey than their public equivalents.

With just 48 colleges offering this degree you may have a smaller selection of institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other urban planning undergrads, consider looking at institutions in Arizona which have the most undergraduates admitted to urban planning annually. less precisely, the top region to study urban planning is in the Southwest region with Arizona State University-Tempe, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University-Skysong best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to major in urban planning is the Pacific-12 Conference with Arizona State University-Tempe, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University-Skysong representing the conference. From our list on the best colleges, our selection for the best school for urban planning is Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The objectively 'best' school does not mean it is the 'best' school for you. There might be a bunch of angels to weigh when selecting institution. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could sway one's decision of which school to attend. Here at authority.org, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which urban planning school boasts the top campus, the winner is Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If you are very interested in which school is home to the top campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more in order to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbsphere and our choice of the school with the best student life for urban planning is Cornell University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to discover more about our top selections. Many of our conclusions will probably shock you.

If expense is a primary deciding factor in your choice of where you attend college, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspappears to be the most expensive university for urban planning, at least regarding out of state students. We do have a list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the cost at University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you could want to know that urban planning is the 267th most expensive program in the US, with an average cost of $26,100. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for urban planning in the country is New York with costs at the main college, Cornell University, of $56,550. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the U.S. for urban planning is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a cost of $29,012, Cornell University with a cost of $56,550, and Haverford College with a cost of $56,200.

Our cheapest region for urban planning is the Plains region which is represented by Iowa State University with a cost of $23,230, University of Missouri-Kansas City with a cost of $24,729, and Missouri State University-Springfield with a cost of $14,850. On the bright side, the most affordable school for urban planning is Florida Atlantic University. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $11,600 for a degree in urban planning. That cost inflates by a lot to a median of $27,800 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our selection for the school constituting the best value for urban planning: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On this page you will see our comprehensive list for the schools we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Bear in mind, this discussion is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for urban planning students can cover a wide range, but within two-years of leaving college students will often earn around $56,300. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can rake in up to $94,900. Right out of college, the lowest end jobs within the urban planning space make $33,100, which is an alright wage. The top earning grads from urban planning have come from Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of urban planning is high, coming within the 88th percentile of all majors. The school with the highest composite diversity for urban planning is Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Urban Planning major ranks only within the 74th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, ranking in the 88th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share at 49% of scholars majoring in urban planning. Additionally, 56% of undergrads seeking an urban planning major are men.

The median ranking of urban planning professors is 4 stars, a rating which is right on the average for all majors; which is a fine. If you want to find the most popular urban planning instructor nationally, take a look at Joochul Kim at Arizona State University-Tempe. It may come as a surprise, but the highest rated instructors for urban planning by student come from University of Nevada-Reno. As we consider data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the school with comprehensively the best professors for urban planning is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for urban planning is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we do hope you believe that approaching university from context primarily informed by superlatives could cause issues. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different colleges and read a couple of our helpful background articles on beneficial things to look out for as you continue your school search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA | https://www.virginia.edu/

23%

Acceptance

29,237

Students

#38

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

B−

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Universal Technical Institute of Texas Inc.

Houston, TX | www.uti.edu/

0%

Acceptance

2,013

Students

#1032

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Haverford College

Haverford, PA | https://www.haverford.edu/

18%

Acceptance

1,392

Students

#39

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Georgia

Athens, GA | www.uga.edu/

48%

Acceptance

42,941

Students

#120

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT | www.byu.edu/

69%

Acceptance

39,086

Students

#198

Ranking

$6K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TX | https://www.tamu.edu/

63%

Acceptance

73,308

Students

#123

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD | www.umd.edu/

51%

Acceptance

44,404

Students

#98

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ | https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/

67%

Acceptance

56,178

Students

#152

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, OH | www.uc.edu/

76%

Acceptance

46,140

Students

#632

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO | https://missouri.edu/

82%

Acceptance

32,916

Students

#450

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN | https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

70%

Acceptance

63,760

Students

#159

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA | www.temple.edu/

71%

Acceptance

42,075

Students

#303

Ranking

$30K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of California-Davis

Davis, CA | ucdavis.edu/

46%

Acceptance

41,236

Students

#96

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, AZ | www.asu.edu/

88%

Acceptance

82,880

Students

#332

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA | calpoly.edu/

38%

Acceptance

22,817

Students

#114

Ranking

$26K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, TX | https://www.hsutx.edu/

91%

Acceptance

2,487

Students

#2229

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE | www.unl.edu/

78%

Acceptance

32,498

Students

#399

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Urban Planning

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ | https://www.arizona.edu/

85%

Acceptance

49,966

Students

#391

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

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