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Urban Studies and Planning

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What is Urban Studies and Planning?

Urban Studies & Planning focuses on the way our cities are designed, constructed, and planned. You'll have the opportunity to decide what you enjoy more, from planning parks to working on highway transportation. Projects can range from upgrading a historical neighborhood to city planning. As an Urban Studies and Planning student, you’ll study:

• Planning philosophy

• Analytical methods

• Problem formulation and resolution

• Law and local government

• Aesthetic, cultural, social, economic, ecological, and physical characteristics of human settlement

This major is intended to prepare you for a career as a professional planner or graduate study in planning or a related field. 

Career Options

  • Economic development
  • Environmental protection & regulation
  • Historic preservation & regulation
  • Housing & community development
  • Nonprofit work
  • Parks & recreation
  • Planning, zoning, & building
  • Real estate development
  • State government
  • Transportation & parking

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$41,346 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Teach for America, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Fitzgerald Commercial

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 32 ACT Score

1270 - 1440 SAT Score

3.28 - 3.79 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476

International

  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350
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