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Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
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Urban Design Graduate Study for Planners

Each year a lot of students ask me "how can I get a degree in urban design?" This is a very big question but in this blog I outline some key questions that those interested in urban design in planning need to consider.

Getting into Planning School: How Much do Transcripts Matter?

I’ve had a lot of questions lately from students about how important transcripts are in the graduate admissions process. Your application to graduate school is one of the few times anyone will actually read your undergraduate transcript so it has some importance. However, how much it matters depends on a variety of factors.

Finding an Undergraduate Planning Program

While most of my advice columns are aimed at graduate students (current, prospective, and recently graduated), much of the information is relevant to undergraduates as well. However, there are a few areas where undergraduates face special challenges and one of them is in finding a planning-related program. The following tips may make the search easier.

Faculty Using Web 2.0 to Show Images

Lately as I’ve been trying to help students find information for papers and classes, I’ve stumbled across a few new examples of faculty using the web to give others access to visual data from their research.

Case Studies: How Planning Students Can Find Interesting Projects Online

Planning students are often interested in finding examples of planning practice, particularly good examples. Several free online sources list projects that have won awards or been the subject of magazine articles. While winning an award doesn’t mean a project is perfect, such projects are typically m some of the more interesting examples of planning. 

Planning to Get an Internship

It’s winter break for many northern hemisphere planning students so time to start planning for next summer’s internship. I have previously blogged about "making the most of an internship": http://www.planetizen.com/node/51287. Here I briefly talk about the practicalities of getting one.

Retired Faculty: Keeping Up With Them Via Blogs

With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.

Planning Programs Using Social Media: A Useful Window for Prospective Students

As readers of this blog will know I encourage people to find out about planning programs in multiple ways. Reading the work of faculty is a crucial first step as is reading the program’s web site. Visiting open houses or connecting with students (programs often set up some kind of chat space around admission time) are also options. Increasingly schools are using multiple forms of social media to reach current students and alums providing a useful window onto the programs for prospective students. This list highlights a few of these sources used specifically by planning programs.

Making the Most of an Internship

Recently I’ve had a number of undergraduate students ask how to make the most of internships—over the semester and in the breaks. The following represents some advice for current students.

Blog 54: My Top All-Time Blog Posts on Planning Education

When the Planetizen team set up the Interchange blog section in early 2007 they invited half a dozen academics, and dozens of others, to blog. This is my 54th entry in that (monthly) series. I’m about to start dealing with some new topics--like big ideas in planning--but thought I should do a little research to see which of my past blogs people have been reading.

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