Hello Cyburbian prospective students.
Congrats on all those admissions. I've been following these forums for a couple months, but this is my first post. During that time, I decided to apply to grad school for urban planning. I know everyone is stressing out about where to study next fall and advising someone who hasn't applied yet is the last thing most of you want to do. If it's not a problem, could you guys offer thoughts on my prospects?
The tale of the tape:
BA, Colgate University, '06
Undergraduate majors: Economics and History (wrote honors thesis on economic development, labor, housing, and declining quality of life in Lowell, MA in 19th century)
Cumulative GPA: 3.67
GRE: expecting/aiming for 1350-1400
- Research assistant for economics professor to develop database of 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses and methodology for geographic interpretation of demographics and economic development.
- Research analyst responsible for data collection, market analysis, forecasting, short-term research projects and reports, briefing clients, and contributing articles for our newsletter. My specialty was large printers used to produce architectural plans, construction drawings, and signage. I was responsible for reports that advised clients like HP on the need of technology to fulfill zoning and regulatory structural requirements, plus small business and public considerations for size, color, texture, placement, and location of signage and decorative graphics. Hence, I think I can connect my work to the built environment.
- Likely to grab a seat on my town's planning commission. Possibly zoning as well.
- Trying to volunteer at local planning agencies.
My interest is in land use and economic development and I think North Carolina or Cornell would be a good fit. I think I'll try for Harvard and MIT on the possibility that they might be impressed with my work experience.
Thanks for any input provided.