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 Urban and Regional Planning program files. A downloadable document with this information is also available.

Student Achievement
In the academic years 2016-2020, 100% of graduating students passed the program's final examination.


Graduate Satisfaction
Beginning in 2017, the Urban and Regional Planning program surveyed students who graduated five years prior. For the class of 2014, 85% were either highly or somewhat satisfied with the way our program prepared them for their current employment.


2020-2021 Tuition and Fees Tuition Fees Total
Iowa Residents, per full-time academic year $10,079 $1,388.50 $11,467.50
Out-of-state residents, per full-time academic year   $29,026 $1,388.50 $30,414.50

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


Student Retention Rate Percent     
Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2018 and continued into Fall 2019*                    100%

*These numbers do not include one combined degree student who continued in the program.


Student Graduation Rate Percent   
Percentage of master's students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2016-2017* 90%

 *These numbers do not include one combined degree student who left the program.


Number of Degrees Awarded           
Number of degrees awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year  17


AICP Certification Percent      
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2014 100%

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


Employment Percent      
Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2019 89%      
Non-planning positions 5%
Other:  Percentage pursuing advanced education, not included in above total 5%