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    Location: GA

    Stats: 3.8 in Urban Studies, Morehouse College

    Work experience: City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning, Urban Institute, MIT Summer Research, various neighborhood organizations

    Applying to: MIT, Columbia, Cal, Georgia Tech

    Joint Degree MCP/JD

    I'm not yet aware if MIT has any joint programs in law with other schools in Boston area (don't think they do, but I just love the DUSP)
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    i find it interested from looking at the threads from years past that there is a definite switch from applying to expensive-big name private schools to cheaper or public university planning programs.

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    Location: Somerville, MA

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    Smith College '07 Economics 3.8
    GRE to be determined


    Work experience:
    2 years policy and planning research at the U.S. Department of Transportation most modes and a range of topics from climate change to hazmat safety to long-term community recovery after disasters

    Applying to:
    MIT, UMass, Tufts, NYU, UNC Chapel Hill, Rutgers, London School of Economics, UMD-CP, Kennedy School (joint MPP/MUP).. maybe more maybe less

    Mostly applying to urban planning programs with more of an emphasis on policy than urban design

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    First time to the site!

    Location: NYC

    Stats: Reed College '06 B.A. Anthropology, GPA 3.3
    GRE (October)

    Applying to: NCU-Chapel Hill, UMichicag-Ann, UPENN, Columbia, Harvard, PSU, and many more state schools

    Work experience: nothing in urban planning, primarily academic administration, film-making and photography.

    What do Urban Planning programs look for, I am still considering going back to graduate school for Anthropology, but I took several classes in urban anthropology, as well as stats and research courses and really fell in love with this field.

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    Location: Bellingham, WA

    Stats: B.S., Huxley College of the Environment, Western WA Univ., 2.9 GPA
    Will take GRE in October

    Work experience: 8 years at a conservation nonprofit, advocating for protection of wild areas, lobbying at local and state level, staffed a regional planning effort (conversion of resource lands has become a major threat to wildlife habitat).

    What graduate schools would you all recomend I consider? I am very interested in New Urbanism. I'd prefer to work (profesionally) in the northwest, is there any reason to therefore limit myself to schools in this region? Is Portland State a good pick?

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    I just wanted to wish everyone GOOD LUCK! This is definitely a stressful process but remember to breathe every so often I went through this last year and will be starting at Cal Poly - SLO this Tuesday. Crazy how quickly it came up!

    If anyone has any questions about Cal Poly - SLO (or UC-Denver, where I also applied and almost went), please don't hesitate to PM me.

    Again, good luck! It'll be over before you know it

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    Location: Palo Alto, Ca

    Stats: 3.9gpa, BS Geography with Honors, University of Washington, Seattle
    -760math 660verbal GRE

    Work experience: Was an intern, now a full time program coordinator for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional MPO here in the SF Bay Area. Previous work experience in a maps library.

    Applying to: MIT, UPenn, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cornell, and maybe USC, UNC, Uwisconsin Madison.

    My questions: What are admission boards looking for in essays and recommendations? How focused on a certain field of planning should I present myself (I kind of have some ideas of what I'm interested in)?

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    Quote Originally posted by banter View post
    BS Geography with Honors, University of Washington, Seattle
    Perhaps this is the wrong place for this question - but did you have any exposure to the urban planning program at UW while you were there as an undergrad, if so what did you think? Ever talk to anyone from the dmg?

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    @ beardk^

    A few professors from geography also worked in the urban planning school. But to be honest, the urban planning and architecture school is very isolated within UW, to the point of isolationist maybe. It's definitely got great resources, but the program is stand-offish from the rest of the school. One thing I did notice, though, is that the program is very conceptually-based - there are often entries or projects which are more thinking exercises than true planning projects.

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    Location: Nashville, TN

    Background:

    Cornell '05 (Political Philosophy) (3.2)

    Vanderbilt law '10 (3.3)

    Taking the GRE in November.

    Applying: MIT, Harvard, Cornell, UVA, maybe UC Berkeley. Not sure where else at this point.

    Also not sure whether having my JD would help or hurt me. I'm interested in land use law and would probably only go to get my masters if I got into a good program.

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    Quote Originally posted by lawstudent View post
    Location: Nashville, TN

    Background:

    Cornell '05 (Political Philosophy) (3.2)

    Vanderbilt law '10 (3.3)

    Taking the GRE in November.

    Applying: MIT, Harvard, Cornell, UVA, maybe UC Berkeley. Not sure where else at this point.

    Also not sure whether having my JD would help or hurt me. I'm interested in land use law and would probably only go to get my masters if I got into a good program.
    Just take extension courses and bone up on the basics of your state's land use laws. No reason to get a master's once you have a JD imo. Waste of money.
    follow me on the twitter @rcplans

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    Background:

    Univeristy of Oregon '08 (Planning, Public Policy & Management)- 3.25

    Taking GRE in October

    3 month Internship with City of approx. 25,000
    2 years in an AmeriCorp type program working under the City Administrator on issues related to planning.

    Still determining whether I want to get a Masters in Public Admin in Planning which is why I have a long list of schools. My thought was with an MPA I could do planning for a while and then move into a role as say a City Manager whereas with the Planning Master's I think I would be limited to planning. Any suggestions...is it worth doubling up on planning???

    Schools I'm considering- Maryland, George Washington, Michigan, UNC, American, UConn

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    (this is my first post!)

    Location: Austin, TX

    Background: Cornell '08 BARCH (Architecture) and minor in Urban Studies. 3.5 GPA
    GRE: 1340 (610 V, 730 Q) 5.0 A

    Work Experience: Americorps VISTA in Food Resources at local food bank for the past year, and various summer internships (children's museum, architecture firm). Also some disease mapping for a biology professor.

    Interests: Environmental and international planning with technical/GIS focus (I love mapping!). I'm also interested in housing and community development. I really need to narrow down my focus...

    Still figuring out what schools I'm applying to, some possibilities include: MIT, UNC-Chapel Hill, NYU, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, UT-Austin, Cornell, University of British Columbia... and others

    Good luck everyone!
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    Is UBC a good planning school?

    Is U of British Columbia a good planning school? If so, do they have much expertise in New Urbanism, etc?

    I sure like the planning that is being done in the city of Vancouver. Far better than anything I've seen anywhere else in America, so much so that I was setting my sights on this institution an looking forward to living there for a time. But someone who attended their architecture school told me that the planning department was quite small and not impressive, and that a lot of the planning work being done in the surrounding communities was not affiliated with the school. Is this in fact true or just someone's skewed perspective? Also, he seemed a little bitter about the debt he accumulated (like me, he's a US citizen).

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    cartopia,

    I know of people who have graduated from UBC's SCARP Program and they currently work as planners at my former municipality (in the area). The program is very much a policy-oriented program and lacks any design or applied focus. They focus more on international development planning and overall sustainability. Being from Vancouver, there is not a lot of talk between SCARP and local planning departments, at least in the planning non-work realm.

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    goldeneye,
    What you say about UBC is interesting. I'm not shy of policy, though while I'm not architect material I respect and see huge value in design. And having the knowledge and perhaps some experience of how to apply my learned skills will be key, (I'm most intersted in learning how to work with community intersts such as neighborhood groups to help them overcome fear of infill. Of course, having the expertise to plan more thougthfully is crucial to actually making neighborhoods better, but the conundrum seems to be the next step of how to help neighbors recognize the benefits and trust that their concerns are being heard.) So, how and where would one learn how to develop like Vancouver? Where were the people who did this planning educated? What schools would you recomend?

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    Central Connecticut State University '10, B.A. Geography - Planning
    3.90 GPA, GRE:1220 (V620, Q600 A5.5)
    Work:
    Interning at the State of Connecticut's Office of Transportation Policy, was in the Navy for 6 years
    Desired Focus:
    Transportation/Infrastructure Planning
    Applying to:
    MIT, UC Berkeley, Portland St, U Washington, UI Chicago

    Concerns: Coming from a no-name college, amount of work experience, would be slightly concerned about the GRE, but from what I have heard it's very low on the priority list

    Maybe this is addressed elsewhere, but I'm curious if there is a correlation between visiting during the open houses this upcoming month and increasing chances at getting accepted, or if all it really does is give you a taste of what the program is like.

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    Quote Originally posted by JLedewitz View post
    Interested in PhD eventually, but I know these are pretty much all reach schools. Open to suggestions for Environmental Planning programs!
    I know you said East Coast, but University of Oregon has a strong Environmental Planning focus, and Oregon as a whole is one of the most progressive states when it comes to the environment.

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    Grad. Applications

    Location: Buffalo, NY

    Stats: 3.3 GPA, 3.7 Major GPA (taking GRE in two days)

    Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Design
    Minor, Sociology

    Work Experience:

    Business Developer, Town of Pendleton, NY
    September 2009 - Present

    Co-Founding Research Associate, Buffalo CarShare
    May 2008 - Present

    Student Assistant, Urban Design Project
    January 2009 - July 2009

    Applying to:

    Cornell University
    University of North Carolina
    University of Michigan
    University at Buffalo

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    Location: Binghamton University

    Stats: 3.2 GPA, 158 on the LSAT
    BA Urban Planning

    Work Experience: Broome County Planning, working on the new Master Comprehensive Plan.

    Applying to: (in order of preference)
    Rutgers
    Cornell
    UPenn
    Binghamton
    Hunter
    NYU

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    Location: Western US

    Stats:
    3.87 GPA (3.93 major, 3.73 minor)
    BS in Urban Planning (accredited undergraduate program), Geography Minor
    GRE: 1100 (verbal bad, quantitative better, not sure what the essay score is yet) definitely retaking

    Other:
    - 3 internships dealing with planning
    - Research experience on 3 different projects (completely unrelated to above internships)
    - Leadership experience in student organization

    Interested in:
    Urban Revitalization/Redevelopment (especially downtown areas), Community Development, Housing, Historic Preservation, Land Use

    Applying to (still narrowing down the list, will probably only apply to 5-6. Open to suggestions):
    Cornell
    Cal Poly SLO
    UPenn
    USC
    UVA
    VA Tech
    UT Austin
    UWashington
    CU Denver
    UHawaii
    Arizona State

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    Quote Originally posted by imagineverything View post
    Location: Binghamton University

    Stats: 3.2 GPA, 158 on the LSAT
    BA Urban Planning

    Work Experience: Broome County Planning, working on the new Master Comprehensive Plan.

    Applying to: (in order of preference)
    Rutgers
    Cornell
    UPenn
    Binghamton
    Hunter
    NYU
    Binghamton has an urban planning program??

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    Quote Originally posted by djad206 View post
    Location:Seattle

    University of Washington Tacoma Urban Studies Major 3.91 GPA

    several years of non planning work experience

    currently working as a writing tutor at UW

    volunteer English and Math tutor @ local elementary school

    '09 summer internship w/ the City of Renton in their planning department

    Plan on taking GRE this fall (November)

    I'm more interested in policy than design

    I think I'm going to apply to: University of New Orleans, University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, Seattle University MPA program, and Portland State University Master's of Urban Studies w/ a focus on policy analysis
    Scratch San Diego State off the list - I visited San Diego and it's not for me

    PSU (really nice people) but no planning for me. I might possibly apply to their Urban Studies masters degree with a focus on policy analysis

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    7 Years Principal Planner
    2 Years Planning Director (P&Z Administrator)

    Exploring my options for a PhD

    GRE (first ones are too old) December

    Narrowed list:
    UDel
    FSU
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    Louisville
    Cornell
    OSU
    Clemson
    Cincinnati

    Other Possibles:
    UNC
    Maryland
    UW Madison
    UMASS
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    Quote Originally posted by imagineverything
    Maybe this is addressed elsewhere, but I'm curious if there is a correlation between visiting during the open houses this upcoming month and increasing chances at getting accepted, or if all it really does is give you a taste of what the program is like.

    I'd like to hear something about this as well. I'm considering flying out to UNC sometime in the next month or two to do just that.

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