Dear Planning Students -
I have applied to graduate programs in urban planning for this fall. I have been accepted to several programs (University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Toronto, University of Washington/Seattle, NYU Wagner, UCLA and the Harvard Design School) and have to make a decision in the next few days – a decision that I find extremely difficult. I was hoping that you may be willing to give me some advice.
In your opinion, on which criteria should I base my decision? Should I choose the program that gives me the best education, has the best reputation, offers me the most financial aid? Would a degree from a prestigious school, e.g. the Harvard Design School, justify going into major debt, or would a degree from any of the other universities be just as valuable?
Please let me know if you have any advice for me. Thank you!
Jan Schultheiss, Chicago, IL