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SUPA in top 10 regionally and nationally of graduate urban planning programs

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - A just-released national survey conducted of a sample of 1,400 urban planning scholars and 1,500 practitioners ranked the graduate urban and regional planning program at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs as the eighth top- rated program in the South Region, out of 22 programs in that region. Ranked immediately above UT Arlington’s program were those at Texas A&M and UT Austin. Ranked immediately below UT Arlington’s program were those at University of Virginia and Clemson.

The same publication, “Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs in the United States and Canada, 2009,” to be published by Planetizen and Urban Insight, Inc. of Los Angeles in June 2009, ranked UT Arlington’s program as the seventh-best program in the nation for those charging less than $15,000 tuition per year as well as the sixth-rated most diverse student body in the country, a measure taking into account racial, ethnicity, gender and national origins. Nationally, approximately 100 universities offer graduate degrees in urban planning.

“These are outstanding accomplishments that we can be genuinely proud of,” said Program Director Enid Arvidson.

SUPA Dean Richard Cole said the rankings are “real reflections of the growing national reputation of our program and our faculty and of the accomplishments of our graduates and are true indicators of why UT Arlington's city and regional planning program is a great choice for students seeking graduate degrees in this area.”

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