Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning! If you join us, you will become part of the 100-plus year history of Illinois urban planning education, and, when you complete your degree, you will join over 2,400 alumni of our Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs.

Join a living and learning community. We are proud of our sense of community. During your time in our department, you will work closely with students and faculty in and out of the classroom and will have the opportunity to learn the practice of planning through engagement with organizations, advocates, residents, and planning practitioners locally, throughout Illinois, and throughout the world.

Learn from the past, plan for the future. As a student in our department, you will have the opportunity to interact with faculty who are internationally recognized as leading researchers in their fields. Our faculty offer courses that cover the historical core of planning and expand the identity of planning to meet emerging challenges, opportunities, and needs. Our flexible undergraduate and graduate curricula provide the opportunity to integrate knowledge from other areas of expertise on our campus -- from sociology and economics to engineering and international studies -- and to gain perspective through experiential learning.

Plan to make an impact. Your planning education will be closely linked to the professional field of planning practice. Through community-based workshop courses, close interaction with planning practitioners, and opportunities for off-campus experiences -- including international exchange programs -- you will be ready to join the diverse professional world of planning, and will leave with a skillset that prepares you to meet some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Explore the information on these pages, come and visit us, and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.


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