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The Master of Community Planning, or MCP, program has been ranked as a top program in two categories in the 2019 Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.

The MCP program is ranked 10th in the nation among the “Top Small City Programs” in cities with less than 75,000 population and ranked sixth among programs with the “Largest Percentage of Minority Representation.”

Community planning is concerned with the use of land, protection of the environment, public welfare, the design of public spaces and infrastructure and the economy. The community planning program at Auburn is a professionally oriented master's degree program. The hallmark of the program is the opportunity for students to work with real clients, on real planning projects, in almost every class.

“The MCP program is outstanding and these stellar rankings come as no surprise,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup. “I encourage our faculty and staff to keep up the amazing work.”

The 2019 Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive rankings of graduate urban planning programs in the county. The rankings methodology evaluates data using a quartile system with 29 metrics organized into four criteria. Throughout the process, Planetizen consulted with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's Institutional Data Task Force to ensure that the guide met rigorous standards of data collection and analysis.

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