Following are the top urban planning schools and programs:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- According to the Planetizen 2007 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning was ranked as the best in the nation. Out of 94 departments assessed in North America, MIT’s department was also ranked 1st for international development, 1st for housing, social and community development, 1st for economic development, 1st for technology, 2nd for real estate and 3rd for environmental planning, for transportation planning, for land use planning and for urban design.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- Cal Poly Pomona is ranked 1st in the nation for Most Diverse Student Body in Urban & Regional Planning amongst all private and public schools, according to Planetizen (July 2008).
- It is ranked 7th in the West Region for Best Urban & Regional Planning programs amongst all private and public schools including Ph.D. programs (July 2008).

Clemson University
- The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs (2009) ranked Clemson University’s program among the best in the nation. It is ranked 7th in the nation among programs that do not offer a Ph.D., and 10th in the South among all graduate programs.
- The two-year Master of City and Regional Planning degree program emphasizes applied study in preparing tomorrow's leaders for planning and developing the nation's towns, cities, and regions.

University of Delaware
- The University of Delaware's School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy earned top honors in Planetizen's 2009 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. It is ranked 1st in financial aid and 12th among the best programs with tuition levels between $15,000 and $20,000 per year for non-residents.
- The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy is ranked 41st among 269 national public affairs school by U.S. News and World Report (2009).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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