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Does it Make a Difference if a Planning Program is in a Policy, Design, or Other Kind of School?

For those wanting to enter graduate school in 2013, applications will soon be due. Students investigating options often ask if it makes a difference where the planning school is located—in a design school, a public policy college, or in other locations like colleges of agriculture or arts and sciences. The short answer is it matters less to students than many think.

A Timeline for Job Hunting in Planning

Many students are understandably worried about getting a job once they graduate. The slow economy has made this more difficult and also changed some of the parameters in terms of approach and timing. For example, many employers are hesitant to make early commitments, delaying some phases of the job search. In this blog I outline a strategy for using the academic year to find a job or a summer internship using the North American academic calendar as a base.

Sticker Price vs. Real Price for a Planning Education

Unless they are independently wealthy, students thinking about graduate school in planning need to consider the cost. Unfortunately this is not as simple as looking up tuition on a web site. The cost paid by a specific individual can vary greatly from place to place, and even from year to year at the same school, in ways that are hard to predict.

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.