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    Gender ratios in university planning programs

    My undergrad was in physics where, of course, there was always a lot of discussion about how to get more women involved in physics and the hard sciences in general, etc. etc...

    I was curious what Urban Planning programs--undergrad or grad--have to say about the gender ratio. I did some googling and wasn't able to find any statistics about the gender ratio in planning departments, probably because they tend not to be as ubiquitous as a field like physics or English. I was simply curious if anyone had any information or first-hand experience.

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    I think it's usually about 50-50 split. Some programs even have more women. It depends on the program and maybe even the specialization. If you are curious about a particular school, you can look up their stats using this guide: http://www.acsp.org/education_guide/overview.

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    I agree - probably 50/50 - I graduated 2 years ago and I felt it was pretty balanced if not more women than men in my program.

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    Having gone through the ASCP 2009 planning school guideline report in depth it seems to me that the majority of planning schools are actually a F60:M40 ratio in the past two years. They post statistics on gender and usually ethnicity, too.

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    Quote Originally posted by tjordanova View post
    I think it's usually about 50-50 split. Some programs even have more women. It depends on the program and maybe even the specialization. If you are curious about a particular school, you can look up their stats using this guide: http://www.acsp.org/education_guide/overview.
    Wow, thanks for that guide. I'd never seen that before. What a useful resource.

    From what that thing said, it looks like there's a fair bit of variation depending on the school.

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