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    Accredited vs non-accredited?

    How important is it to attend an accredited graduate program as opposed to one that is not, such as Texas Southern University?

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    The question is this: Why would you spend 2 years in a program that is not recognized as an accredited program? You want the expertise and name behind it so people won't question your knowledge background.
    Forechecking is overrated.

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    Good point. I'm going to get a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering as an undergraduate degree. There are three accredited programs in Texas - UT at Austin and Arlington and Texas A&M. Which one is the best?

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    And if you plan to apply for AICP, attendance at a non-accreditated school requires a longer period of professional experience.

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    Quote Originally posted by warwickbass
    Good point. I'm going to get a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering as an undergraduate degree. There are three accredited programs in Texas - UT at Austin and Arlington and Texas A&M. Which one is the best?
    UT Austin has one of the best civil programs in the nation... by reputation at least. I would go to Austin, hands down. Unless you plan on doing some sort of Agricultural/Rural work... then A&M... but for most Civil disciplines, Austin. Of course, I have no firsthand knowledge of either program... only what I have heard working in the field (and from what professors said in school)

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    Hmm. I think the aspects of Urban and Regional Planning that interest me the most are Transportation and Land Use and Land Development.

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    Quote Originally posted by warwickbass
    Hmm. I think the aspects of Urban and Regional Planning that interest me the most are Transportation and Land Use and Land Development.
    For a graduate degree I would suggest an accredited program. UT-Arlington is my favorite in Texas and is very well thought of in planning circles. Transportation planning seems far more active in the DFW area as well and that area is light years ahead of most other parts of Texas in new development practices, such as TODs, TNDs, NU, etc. Plus there are FAR more jurisdictions to work for in that area compared to your other college cities when you graduate or need an internship.

    Austin is a better place to live though, IMHO.

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