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    urban planning in a design or policy school? (or USC vs Penn)

    Does anyone out there have any opinions on how an urban planning program in a design/architecture school ultimately compares with one in a policy school?

    To put this into context, I'm trying to decide between USC and Penn, and while Penn clearly wins out in the reputation category, I am unsure if its' traditional strength in the design aspects is what I am looking for. My undergraduate degree was in policy and I maintain a strong interest in causing systemic, not just local changes. Will attending a design based program simply complement my undergraduate background, or will it leave me on loss solid-footing for getting into policy?

    Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally posted by adavids1
    Does anyone out there have any opinions on how an urban planning program in a design/architecture school ultimately compares with one in a policy school?

    To put this into context, I'm trying to decide between USC and Penn, and while Penn clearly wins out in the reputation category, I am unsure if its' traditional strength in the design aspects is what I am looking for. My undergraduate degree was in policy and I maintain a strong interest in causing systemic, not just local changes. Will attending a design based program simply complement my undergraduate background, or will it leave me on loss solid-footing for getting into policy?

    Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.
    I'm also considering USC (see my USC vs UCLA) thread. From my understanding, USC has a broad urban planning curriculum where you'll learn different parts of urban planning. That part leaves me uncertain since i don't want to be a jack of all trades.

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    Quote Originally posted by hamsuplo
    I'm also considering USC (see my USC vs UCLA) thread. From my understanding, USC has a broad urban planning curriculum where you'll learn different parts of urban planning. That part leaves me uncertain since i don't want to be a jack of all trades.
    Hi, I'm looking to apply to grad schools begining Fall 2006. I'm currently a double major (Urban Planning, and Management Science) with a 3.5 GPA (3.9 Urban Planning Upper Division). I have not taken the GREs yet. But I'm just curious what your scores/gpa were if you don't mind. I would like to know what i would need to score on the GREs to get into schools such as UPENN, USC, Harvard, UCLA etc. Thanks in advance for your help!

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    Quote Originally posted by jjunke
    Hi, I'm looking to apply to grad schools begining Fall 2006. I'm currently a double major (Urban Planning, and Management Science) with a 3.5 GPA (3.9 Urban Planning Upper Division). I have not taken the GREs yet. But I'm just curious what your scores/gpa were if you don't mind. I would like to know what i would need to score on the GREs to get into schools such as UPENN, USC, Harvard, UCLA etc. Thanks in advance for your help!
    I know this was not directed at me, but I have what I think is a good answer; others can concur or not.

    I figure that even with subpar GRE scores, an otherwise solid record might get you in. But, I am thinking 1200 + and 5.5. or better on the writing section is solid. And I would guess 1100-1200 and over 5 keeps you in the game nicely.

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    Quote Originally posted by timbucktwo
    I know this was not directed at me, but I have what I think is a good answer; others can concur or not.

    I figure that even with subpar GRE scores, an otherwise solid record might get you in. But, I am thinking 1200 + and 5.5. or better on the writing section is solid. And I would guess 1100-1200 and over 5 keeps you in the game nicely.
    Wow thanks, that helps me out quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally posted by jjunke
    Wow thanks, that helps me out quite a bit.
    No problem, but I would seek numerous opinions!

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    Quote Originally posted by timbucktwo
    No problem, but I would seek numerous opinions!
    Would you happen to know what they weigh more when considering applications? And also, I know there aren't "rankings" but what would you consider top planning schools?

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    Quote Originally posted by adavids1
    Does anyone out there have any opinions on how an urban planning program in a design/architecture school ultimately compares with one in a policy school?

    To put this into context, I'm trying to decide between USC and Penn, and while Penn clearly wins out in the reputation category, I am unsure if its' traditional strength in the design aspects is what I am looking for. My undergraduate degree was in policy and I maintain a strong interest in causing systemic, not just local changes. Will attending a design based program simply complement my undergraduate background, or will it leave me on loss solid-footing for getting into policy?

    Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.
    I'm also struggling with the same decision. From what I understand, Penn's program has a lot of opportunities for interdisciplinary study. It also seems more rigorous (5 classes per semester). However, Penn doesn't really have a policy school (Fels is small) so that is something to consider.

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