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Top 10 Landscape Architecture School Programs for 2018
University of Florida Ranks #1


According to, the bachelor of landscape architecture program at the University of Florida is the #1 undergraduate landscape architecture program in the U.S. for 2018. Students in the department have opportunities to study in summer programs abroad. To graduate, the students in the five-year program must present "an independent capstone project" that showcases the culmination of their academic work.

A list compiled by was recently released announcing its top 10 bachelor of landscape architect programs in the U.S. The site notes: "Populations around the globe are expanding, and these growing populations are creating a need for development while the strain of development on the natural environment and resources is creating a need for trained individuals capable of balancing both facets without causing detriment to one or the other."

The rankings were derived from data provided by colleges and universities to the National Center for Education Statistics. The program rankings were calculated using these weighted criteria: admissions rate (20%), default rate (20%), retention rate (20%), graduation rate (20%) and the percentage of students enrolled in online classes.

According to this ranking system, the top 10 best college landscape architecture programs for 2018 are:
1. University of Florida - Gainesville, Fla.
The department of landscape architecture was established in 1933, and offers the only accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree in the state. In 2010, UF authorized a new school within the department: The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (SLA&P), which UF says benefits from the collaborative environment of the Department of Landscape Architecture (LA) and Urban and Regional Planning (URP). The school also offers a first professional master of landscape architecture program, a post professional master of landscape architecture program and a PhD program.

2. University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, Mass.
3. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Raleigh, N.C.
4. Cornell University - Ithaca, N.Y.
5. Clemson University - Clemson, S.C.
6. University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, Calif.
7. University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, Wis.
8. Purdue University - West Lafayette, Ind.
9. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, Ill.
19. University of Connecticut - Storrs, Conn.

The website has the list as well as a description for each school and why it made the top ten.
Note: According the statistics reported by the United States Department of Labor, the employment rate for landscape architects is projected to increase by 5% between now and 2024.

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