Performance Indicators

Beginning in January 2013 the Planning Accreditation Board began requiring each accredited school of planning to provide information to the public on the performance of the planning school and its students. The following information meets that expectation and derives primarily from the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning files. A downloadable document with this information is also available.

Student Achievement
In the academic years 2015-2018, 100% of graduating students passed the School's final examination.


Graduate Satisfaction
Beginning in 2017, the School of Urban and Regional Planning surveyed students who graduated five years prior. For the class of 2013, 88% were either highly or somewhat satisfied with the way our program prepared them for their current employment.


2018-2019 Tuition and FeesTuitionFeesTotal
Iowa Residents, per full-time academic year$9,785$1,356$11,141
Out-of-state residents, per full-time academic year  $28,726$1,356$30,082

More detailed information, including tuition and fees for international students, is available on the University’s website.


Student Retention RatePercent     
Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2017 and continued into Fall 2018*                   86%

*These numbers do not include three combined degree students, two of whom graduated within 4 years and one who left
the program.


Student Graduation RatePercent   
Percentage of master's students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2014-2015*73%

 *These numbers do not include combined degree students.


Number of Degrees Awarded          
Number of degrees awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year 21  


AICP CertificationPercent      
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 201367%

The AICP exam is the only nationally recognized test of planner proficiency and knowledge in the U.S. The AICP exam
pass rate data is collected by the American Planning Association and reported to planning schools each year. Pass
rate data over a longer time period can be found at


Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 201786%      
Non-planning positions0%
Other:  Percentage pursuing advanced education, not included in above total7%