Advice for Students

Graduation Ceremony

Getting Into Grad School in Planning

Ten years ago I wrote "Graduate School 2008: Nuts and Bolts of Applying". As deadlines draw near for this year’s round of applications it is a good time to revisit and update this advice.

December 21, 2018 - Ann Forsyth

Library

The Best Reasons to Go to Grad School in Planning

As the 2016 admission season winds down, thoughts turn to the 2017 application process. For students considering the idea, there are several good reasons to attend graduate school in 2017, and a few that may cause problems later.

April 13, 2016 - Ann Forsyth

City Planners

How do Planners Generate Ideas?

How to generate ideas in planning is a question that many planning students ask. This can seem a mysterious and difficult process. Unfortunately, planning education has not always done a great job of helping students unpack this apparent mystery.

April 6, 2015 - Ann Forsyth

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Advice for Students: When to Contact Faculty at a Different Institution

With social media and the internet generally making it easy to contact faculty across the globe students are tempted to do so. But when is it appropriate? The short answer is contact them if they request it.

February 10, 2015 - Ann Forsyth

University of Chicago

What Makes a Great Planning Program?

Ann Forsyth, professor of urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, shares insight into common traits of the best educational programs in planning.

January 13, 2015 - Ann Forsyth

APA Conference

Should I Present at a Conference? And If I Don't Present, Should I Attend?

One question I get asked a lot is if students should present at conference. In fact it is often more of a statement of intent rather than a question about whether it is useful. The answer, however, is not as clear as many students believe.

December 8, 2014 - Ann Forsyth

Google Maps Street Vendor

How to Decide if Planning is for You

At this time of year, many prospective graduate students are asking themselves if they should apply to planning programs. This is a good question. Planning is a diverse field and it can be hard to figure out if it will be the right fit.

November 26, 2014 - Ann Forsyth

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge @ NASA Goddard

How Important is Your Graduate Planning Specialty or Concentration?

As students plan their spring semester courses and make early plans for the summer, they often wonder how to choose a planning specialization or concentration. They ask how important the concentration is for their future career as a planner.

December 24, 2013 - Ann Forsyth

Writing

Writing a Statement of Purpose for Graduate Education

How should a statement of purpose for a graduate school application differ from one for an undergrad program? This post outlines the elements of a compelling graduate school statement.

February 27, 2013 - Ann Forsyth

College Students

Making the Most of Being a Student, Part 2

Making the most of being a student requires more than just completing the course credits necessary for a degree. See my suggestions for activities beyond the classroom that are key to getting a great education.

February 8, 2013 - Ann Forsyth

Junior Designer

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Executive Director/Administrator of City Planning

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency/City of Chattanooga

Assistant Planner

City of Willits

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