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Most Admired Educators 2018

To be successful, firms and organizations in landscape architecture need people who are talented and well-trained. Leaders and hiring managers in these types of organizations have a strong interest in the education and preparation of students who are the future workforce of the profession. Through hiring and working with graduates of many different programs, the leaders and hiring managers of landscape architecture firms have a perspective on the relative strengths of schools and how well graduates are prepared for professional practice.


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Most Admired Landscape Architecture Schools

  Which landscape architecture schools do you most admire for a combination of faculty, programs, culture and student preparation for the profession?
School Name
2017-18
2018-19
Louisiana State University
1
1
Cornell University
5
2
Pennsylvania State University
2
3
University of Georgia
7
4
Ohio State University
3
5
California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
4
6
Purdue University
8
7
Iowa State University
11
8
Texas A & M University
9
9
Michigan State University
14
10
California State Polytechnic, Pomona
10
11
Ball State University
6
12
University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign
13
13
University of California, Davis
12
14
Virginia Tech
15
15
University of Washington
16
University of Oregon
17
Clemson University
17
18
University of Wisconsin, Madison
19
19
University of Kentucky
20
Arizona State University
16
21
University of Florida
22
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
23
State University of New York, Syracuse
24
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
25
School Name
2018-19
Harvard University
1
1
University of Pennsylvania
2
2
Cornell University
4
3
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
5
4
Louisiana State University
3
5
University of California, Berkeley
8
6
University of Virginia
7
7
University of Georgia
13
8
Rhode Island School of Design
9
9
Ohio State University
12
10
Pennsylvania State University
10
11
University of Michigan
12
Texas A & M University
6
13
University of Washington
19
14
University of Texas at Austin
14
15
California State Polytechnic, Pomona
11
16
Virginia Tech
17
North Carolina State University
21
18
University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign
18
19
Auburn University
20
20
Iowa State University
21
University of Oregon
22
University of Southern California
23
Ball State University
15
24
University of Minnesota
16
25

Landscape Architecture Schools Most Hired From by Firms

  From which schools have you hired the greatest number of undergraduate/graduate students in the last five years?

Schools were grouped into size categories based on the average number of graduates each year in their combined undergraduate and graduate programs. Some schools did not provide information on the size of their graduating classes and could not be categorized. Consequently, they were omitted from the rankings. A full explanation of our approach is available on the methodology page.

School Name
2018-19
University of Georgia
1
Iowa State University
2
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3
Texas A&M University
4
University of Pennsylvania
5
University of Washington
6
University of California, Berkeley
7
Harvard University
8
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
9
University of Minnesota
10
School Name
2018-19
Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
1
University of Florida
2
University of Virginia
3
Boston Architectural College
4
University of Texas at Austin
5
Michigan State University
6
Auburn University
7
Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
7
Purdue University
7
University of Michigan
10
University of Kentucky
11
University of Texas at Arlington
12
University of Southern California
13
University of Arizona
14
Oklahoma State University
15
Washington State University
16
University of Arkansas
17
University of Tennessee
18
North Dakota State University
19
University of Nebraska
20
University of Oklahoma
21
Philadelphia University
22
University of Rhode Island
23
City College of New York
24
Florida International University
25
School Name
2018-19
Pennsylvania State University
1
Cornell University
2
Louisiana State University
3
Ohio State University
4
Clemson University
5
Arizona State University
6
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
7
University of Oregon
8
Utah State University
9
University of Maryland
10
State University of New York, Syracuse
11
Ball State University
12
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
13
West Virginia University
14
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
15
Rhode Island School of Design
16
Mississippi State University
16
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
18
North Carolina State University
19
Colorado State University
20

Top Ranked Landscape Architecture Schools in 12 Focus Areas

Undergraduate

12 Focus Areas
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • University of Georgia
    3
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    4
  • Pennsylvania State University
    5
  • Ohio State University
    6
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    7
  • Michigan State University
    8
  • Iowa State University
    9
  • Ball State University
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    2
  • University of Georgia
    3
  • Ohio State University
    4
  • Pennsylvania State University
    5
  • Cornell University
    6
  • Michigan State University
    7
  • Iowa State University
    8
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    9
  • University of Kentucky
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    4
  • Pennsylvania State University
    5
  • Iowa State University
    6
  • Ohio State University
    7
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    8
  • Michigan State University
    9
  • Texas A & M University
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • University of Georgia
    3
  • Ohio State University
    4
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    5
  • Iowa State University
    6
  • Pennsylvania State University
    7
  • Michigan State University
    8
  • Purdue University
    9
  • University of Kentucky
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • Iowa State University
    4
  • Michigan State University
    5
  • Ohio State University
    6
  • Pennsylvania State University
    7
  • Texas A & M University
    8
  • Purdue University
    9
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    10
  • University of Georgia
    1
  • Louisiana State University
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Ohio State University
    5
  • Michigan State University
    6
  • Iowa State University
    7
  • University of Kentucky
    8
  • University of Oregon
    9
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • Ohio State University
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • Iowa State University
    6
  • Michigan State University
    7
  • Texas A & M University
    8
  • Pennsylvania State University
    9
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • Louisiana State University
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Ohio State University
    5
  • Pennsylvania State University
    6
  • Iowa State University
    7
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    8
  • Michigan State University
    9
  • University of Kentucky
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Iowa State University
    5
  • Ohio State University
    6
  • University of Kentucky
    7
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    8
  • Michigan State University
    9
  • Pennsylvania State University
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • Ohio State University
    4
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    5
  • Iowa State University
    6
  • Texas A & M University
    7
  • Pennsylvania State University
    8
  • Virginia Tech
    9
  • Ball State University
    10
  • Cornell University
    1
  • University of Georgia
    2
  • Louisiana State University
    3
  • Ohio State University
    4
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    5
  • Texas A & M University
    6
  • Pennsylvania State University
    7
  • University of Oregon
    8
  • University of Kentucky
    9
  • Michigan State University
    10
  • Louisiana State University
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • University of Georgia
    3
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    4
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    5
  • University of Oregon
    6
  • Ohio State University
    7
  • Michigan State University
    8
  • University of Washington
    9
  • Iowa State University
    10

Graduate

12 Focus Areas
  • Harvard University
    1
  • University of Pennsylvania
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • University of Georgia
    5
  • Louisiana State University
    6
  • University of Virginia
    7
  • University of California, Berkeley
    8
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    9
  • Texas A & M University
    10
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Louisiana State University
    3
  • Harvard University
    4
  • University of Georgia
    5
  • Ohio State University
    6
  • University of Pennsylvania
    7
  • Texas A & M University
    8
  • Pennsylvania State University
    9
  • University of Virginia
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    2
  • University of Pennsylvania
    3
  • University of Georgia
    4
  • Louisiana State University
    5
  • Cornell University
    6
  • University of Virginia
    7
  • University of California, Berkeley
    8
  • Ohio State University
    9
  • Texas A & M University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • University of Pennsylvania
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • University of Georgia
    5
  • University of Virginia
    6
  • Louisiana State University
    7
  • University of California, Berkeley
    8
  • Ohio State University
    9
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    10
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    1
  • Louisiana State University
    2
  • University of Georgia
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Ohio State University
    5
  • Harvard University
    6
  • Texas A & M University
    7
  • University of Pennsylvania
    8
  • Virginia Tech
    9
  • Pennsylvania State University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    2
  • Louisiana State University
    3
  • University of Georgia
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • University of Pennsylvania
    6
  • University of California, Berkeley
    7
  • Texas A & M University
    8
  • University of Virginia
    9
  • University of Washington
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    2
  • University of Pennsylvania
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • University of Georgia
    5
  • Louisiana State University
    6
  • Texas A & M University
    7
  • Ohio State University
    8
  • University of Virginia
    9
  • University of Washington
    10
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    1
  • Harvard University
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • University of Georgia
    4
  • University of Pennsylvania
    5
  • Louisiana State University
    6
  • University of Virginia
    7
  • Ohio State University
    8
  • Texas A & M University
    9
  • Virginia Tech
    10
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    1
  • Harvard University
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • University of Georgia
    4
  • Louisiana State University
    5
  • Ohio State University
    6
  • Texas A & M University
    7
  • University of Pennsylvania
    8
  • University of Virginia
    9
  • University of California, Berkeley
    10
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    1
  • Harvard University
    2
  • University of Georgia
    3
  • Louisiana State University
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • Ohio State University
    6
  • University of Pennsylvania
    7
  • Auburn University
    8
  • Iowa State University
    9
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • University of Pennsylvania
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • University of Georgia
    5
  • University of Virginia
    6
  • University of California, Berkeley
    7
  • Louisiana State University
    8
  • Ohio State University
    9
  • Texas A & M University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    2
  • University of Pennsylvania
    3
  • Louisiana State University
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • University of Georgia
    6
  • University of California, Berkeley
    7
  • University of Virginia
    8
  • University of Washington
    9
  • Ohio State University
    10