Urban planning and management are key municipal functions in the United States and Western Europe. In the rapidly growing developing world, urban expansion has far outstripped the capacity of city governments to cope with the bewildering array of problems this mass movement and spatial reorganization of the population generates. Huge, difficult-to-manage, multi-centered megacities continue to emerge worldwide, along with the proliferation of thousands of other smaller cities. Nevertheless, the attraction of urban life has never been greater. With more than 50 percent of the world’s population living in cities at the turn of the century, the 21st century will be the world’s first truly urban era.
The challenge this urbanized world poses is the substance of the planning profession. Planners are dedicated to developing innovative approaches to managing cities and planning their development. The constructive management of change is at the heart of the profession. Planners often work in local governments and communities, but their concerns are issues that affect the world — land use, social policy, historic preservation, transportation, housing, economic development, policy planning, environmental protection, urban design and international development. Planners are visionaries working for a better future through improvements in the quality of life in one or more of these areas.
Degree: Bachelor of Urban Planning
Duration: 5.0 Years
Location: Uptown Campus West
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Planning
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. We have designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.
Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of math
- 3 units of science
- 5 units of electives*
*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.
Prospective domestic and international high school students are advised to apply as soon as possible after September 1 of their senior year for assured consideration. Enrollment in the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning is controlled, and therefore admission is selective. Admission to the urban planning program is on a rolling (first-come, first-served) basis; once all the available seats are filled, the program is closed. For maximum scholarship consideration, students should apply by December 1.
Students seeking transfer from another college or program at UC or another regionally accredited university or college should also apply early in the academic year. The priority deadline for transfer students, including international transfers, is March 1 for the following academic year.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Bachelor of Urban Planning program at the University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).