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FSU Planning Program Ranked in Top 25

September 4, 2019

The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning graduate program has been recognized as one of the Top 25 in the U.S., according to 2019 rankings by Planetizen, an independent platform that creates, curates and promotes stories and resources related to the field of planning.

This is the first time the program has placed in Planetizen's Top 25.

Housed within the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the program is ranked #22 among all universities nationwide. Among public universities, it scores #14 nationally. It is also the #4 ranked in the South, making it the top-rated program in Florida.

Equally significant is the program's #19 standing among planning educators across the country.

“The top 20 ranking from our peers at other planning schools is particularly noteworthy," said department Chair Jeff Brown. "It reflects the increasing recognition of the rich educational experience we provide to students, enabling them to begin successful professional careers in the planning profession both nationally and globally.”

Brown said recognition of the program by planning educators is a major reason for the breakthrough to Top 25 status, along with a high student-to-faculty ratio and relatively small core classes. The program also stands out for its high job placement rate (95%) and financial assistance for graduate students.

The department offers specializations in such areas as environmental planning, land use, real estate and economic development, transportation and more. It also offers joint graduate pathways with demography, international affairs, law, public administration and public health.

The Mark and Marianne Barnebey Planning and Development Lab, an applied studio for master's students to partner with private and public real-world clients on pressing planning needs, has consistently won awards for its successful projects over the past several years. "The Barn," as it's affectionately known, is a nationally-recognized resource that utilizes Florida as a laboratory and draws upon the academic and professional resources of Florida State University to provide innovative planning solutions for the sustainable growth and long-term viability of communities.

Other rankings released by Planetizen include #10 in programs allowing part-time study and # 8 among the nation's most selective programs.


The Spring 2019 studio lab prepares materials for a shared mobility project in the Tampa Bay area.