I posted this in "Transportation Planning" before realizing it might fit better here, so here goes...
I'm working on applications to grad school in urban planning for Fall 2017. My interest is in transportation planning, and I am also considering taking classes in engineering or pursuing a dual degree (although my background is not strong for engineering -- I graduated from a small liberal arts school with a degree in environmental studies). My particular interests are in bike/ped planning, transit planning and/or TDM; I've been working in bicycle advocacy for the past two and a half years and want to ultimately work in the public or private sector reducing SOV use in urban environments. I've looked at old threads on this forum about the best transportation planning schools, but they are starting to be a bit dated so I'm not sure if the information is still accurate. Doing my own research, it's hard to tell how strong or well-regarded a school's transportation program is from its website and course catalog.
Schools I am considering include:
UNC Chapel Hill
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Georgia Institute of Technology
U of Minnesota
I'd really prefer to apply to no more than five. Any thoughts to help me narrow down the schools would be appreciated. Thank you!