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Student Achievement 

We define student achievement as the demonstration of competence in applying knowledge and skills gained through the “Jayhawk Planner Experience” which includes coursework, advising, and engaging with the profession through real-world projects and the Jayhawk Planners and Friends network (alumni, other professionals, elected officials, and planning commissioners). Such competence is evident both in and beyond the classroom.

Traditional measures of student achievement include degree completion rates, pass rates of comprehensive exams (100% for the past 5 years), and pass rates for the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) exam (see table). In addition to these traditional measures, we also place a high premium on measures that capture a student's success in advancing the profession and the variety of planning jobs our graduates obtain. Other measures include the percentage of eligible students employed in an internship while a student, students and alumni receiving awards or recognition for their professional work, and their contributions to the body of planning knowledge.

Virtually all domestic students who want an internship are able to be placed in a paid position that is part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer. Placement is more challenging for international students. Assistance is provided to students studying on an F1 visa to help place them in internships that qualify under the Curricular Practical Training provisions of their visa.  Of the 19 graduates in 2020, 12 or 63% had at least one paid internship during their time as students.  Of the 7 graduates in 2021, 3 had paid internships, 1 (an international student) had an unpaid internship, and 2 had full time planning related jobs as students. The other student was getting two masters degrees and still managed to open their own business as a student.

For job placement rates, three years later, 75% of the 2018 graduates are employed in planning related jobs.  One year later, 83% of the 2019 graduates have planning related jobs. One year after graduating in 2020 (at the beginning of the pandemic), 17 (81%) have planning related jobs and 3 are continuing their educations.

As a sampling of recent student achievements, KU UBPL students won New Horizon Team Awards from the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) in 2014, 2015, and 2019 and an Individual New Horizon award in 2017. Five students presented posters at the 2015 National APA conference, three at the 2017 conference, one at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Political Science Conference, two at the 2015 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference, one at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum (Best Student Poster award winner), one poster at the 2019 ACSP Conference, and one presenter at the ACSP Conference. In 2018 three students’ poetry celebrating National Community Planning month was featured in Planning magazine. Two students were in “Student and Active Alum Spotlight” features on the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning website in 2017. KU UBPL students have been Helene M. Overly Scholarship recipients in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 from the WTS-Kansas City (Women’s Transportation Seminar). 

KU alumni, also known as Jayhawk Planners, serve as officers with the Kansas Chapter of APA, Missouri Chapter of APA, the Kansas City Section of APA, and the Missouri APA Ozark Section. They have been honored for state chapter planning awards in Missouri and Kansas. In 2021 alumni also served national APA on the APA Board of Directors as a Director At-Large and as member of the AICP Ethics Committee (2019 – 2021). Alumni regularly present at state, regional and the National Planning Conference. One presented at an international webinar for the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2020. Two were honored as one of “Mass Transit’s 40 under 40” in 2020 and 2021 and another as “Young Water Professional of the Year”. In 2022, an alumnus was honored with recognition by Waste360 40 under 40.  Alumni worked on 2 national APA award winning projects in 2019. Alumni were part of two Great Places in America winners: 2019’s Great Neighborhood – Downtown Lee’s Summit, MO and 2010’s Great Street – Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, KS. Also two alumni have authored or co-authored two Zoning Practice reports in 2018 and 2019 for APA and 1 has co-authored a PAS Memo for APA in 2018. In 2020, an alumna was a juror choosing the winners of APA’s National Planning Awards and winner of the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award. Other alumni serve on planning commissions, historic resources commissions, public arts commissions, neighborhood associations, foundation boards, and in leadership positions for a variety of non-profits. Recent alumni have been officers for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials – KC and on the board of WTS-KC.

The variety of planning jobs our alumni have is indicative of their flexibility and the transferability of their skills.  Alumni have positions with cities, counties, states, councils of governments, metropolitan planning organizations, nonprofits, consulting firms, national level agencies in the U.S. and abroad, development companies, law firms, and universities.

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2021-2022 Tuition and Fees
In state Residents, per full-time academic year$11,045
Out of State Residents, per full time academic year$25,007
Student Retention Rate
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2020 and continued into fall 202160%
Student Graduation Rate
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 201794%
Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for 2020-2021 academic year5
AICP Certification 
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 year who pass, graduating class of 2016100%
Percentage of bachelor's graduates taking the AICP exam within 7 years who passed, graduating class of 2014 (for accredited undergraduate programsN/A
Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related, or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2020. 81%