Kate Pond

"Experience is key. You need to find things that interest you and then mold them into something you enjoy and want to do."

Kate Pond visited Illinois during her sophomore year of high school and fell in love with the campus. Though she began her coursework as a political science major, she soon found a love for urban planning. 

"There were small class sizes and a very personal feel in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, so I felt like I really fit in," Kate says. 

Matthew Rejc
Class of2014

"In one of my favorite classes, the instructor told us that by the end of the semester, we would never look at cities the same way again and, at least for me, he was right."

Urban + Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning teaches planning as both an art and a science. The curriculum builds skills in creative problem-solving, professional communication, participatory modes of planning, design, and technical analysis. Students can explore transportation, land use, social justice, sustainability, and community and economic development.

  • BA in urban studies and planning program
  • MUP program
  • MS in sustainable urban management program
  • PhD in regional planning program

Major or minor: Urban studies and planning

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