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

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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. There are many more of course, and Jennifer Evans-Cowley has noted this in an interesting presentation as this year's planning administrator's conference:

  • Berkeley is an example of a program where social media seems to be organized at the college level. In the right menu of their main page at one can click on icons for the college's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr accounts. While these sources have a lot of material from other departments, the YouTube section has a number of interesting videos from planning.

As I prepared this it occurred to me that it would be useful to have a master list of such social media. Perhaps Planetizen can provide it in their next guide to graduate education.

This is my September blog, rather late due to travel.

Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.



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Columbus video

No worries Ann, we just rotate our videos around at Ohio State. You can see the Why Columbus is a Great Place to Study video at

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP
Professor and Head
City and Regional Planning
The Ohio State University

Social Media in Planning

The planning program at Virginia Tech has been working hard to integrate social media into our curriculum and program administration. Check us out at:


I also gave a presentation at the ACSP Administrators Conference on this topic:


In addition to the official twitter, facebook, and admissions blog, the University of Pennsylvania also has student blogs which provide a helpful window into graduate student life.

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