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    Grad school: considering UNO, need some advice

    HI folks,

    I live up in Ottawa and am planning to apply to McGill for urban planning starting in fall 2009. If I do not get in, I'm considering moving to New Orleans (which I consider a second home) for a year to get state residency and then applying to UNO. I've got a couple questions...if anyone can help me out.

    How does UNO's program stack up against the more well-known graduate planning programs?
    How much does one's school matter to potential employers?
    I'm interested in sustainable design incorporating waste materials, environmentally friendly systems, and community-based small scale planning. How much does UNO's planning program involve these elements and newer ideas in planning?

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    UNO thread - any luck?

    I just came across your post from back in December. I was wondering if you had any responses concerning the UNO graduate planning program. I am thinking of seeking a master's degree in planning and am curious about the program at UNO. Could you let me know if you found anything out.

    Thanks
    Mark

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    I'm a UNO alum. PM me if you want my HONEST opinion on their planning program.
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    RE: UNO

    I don't seem to currently have PM privileges. Can you message me?

    Thanks
    Mark

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    Planderella -can you message me with your insights? I am looking at UNO's MURP program as well. Thanks

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    Just stumbled across this post. I, too am considering UNO and am not able to PM. Anyone with any feedback into their program, please drop me a line!

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    I too am looking into UNO for grad school, can you please email at msjmlewis@aol.com and give your feedback about the program. THANKS ALOT!

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    Same here. The possibility of working in New Orleans is very attractive to me, but I would like to know the student's perspective on UNO. PM me too please! if possible

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    Quote Originally posted by Okkoflo View post
    Same here. The possibility of working in New Orleans is very attractive to me, but I would like to know the student's perspective on UNO. PM me too please! if possible
    If you by chance hear anything about UNO before me can you please email...unfortunately i can't pm any message. THANK YOU!

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    When I was in the market for grad schools I visited UNO. It seemed to be way out of the way. As in far from the heart of the city. In fact, we saw a house being raided by police on the way out to the school. But that's besides the point.

    I met with Marla I believe, she did a good job of selling the school. Lots of opportunities to get involved with the community. I liked this.

    While I'm from the south (Mississippi) and enjoy visiting the south, New Orleans was not the kind of place I wanted to live as a student.

    You're more than likely to find a job in the south or anywhere else for that matter with a degree from UNO. A friend of mine graduated from their program, worked in Seattle for awhile and now works in Chicago. You can go places with a degree from there.

    But, if you really want to work in New Orleans and be a part of what's going on down there, you can always get a degree from a slightly better school and go down there and work later in life.

    As a working professional you'll probably have a better living situation than as a student. Plus, you'll be able to afford to do a lot more in New Orleans.

    I obviously choose to stay closer to home. But New Orleans, and the south in general, is on my map to relocate after I graduate.
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    Quote Originally posted by djad206 View post
    When I was in the market for grad schools I visited UNO. It seemed to be way out of the way. As in far from the heart of the city. In fact, we saw a house being raided by police on the way out to the school. But that's besides the point.

    I met with Marla I believe, she did a good job of selling the school. Lots of opportunities to get involved with the community. I liked this.

    While I'm from the south (Mississippi) and enjoy visiting the south, New Orleans was not the kind of place I wanted to live as a student.

    You're more than likely to find a job in the south or anywhere else for that matter with a degree from UNO. A friend of mine graduated from their program, worked in Seattle for awhile and now works in Chicago. You can go places with a degree from there.


    But, if you really want to work in New Orleans and be a part of what's going on down there, you can always get a degree from a slightly better school and go down there and work later in life.

    As a working professional you'll probably have a better living situation than as a student. Plus, you'll be able to afford to do a lot more in New Orleans.

    I obviously choose to stay closer to home. But New Orleans, and the south in general, is on my map to relocate after I graduate.

    Thank you so much for that insight, if by chance can you give your friend my email address msjmlewis@aol.com, so that I spoke with them about the program. THANKS AGAIN!!!

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