The best schools for landscape architecture

Updated February 21, 2017

A degree in Landscape Architecture can lead in many career directions. Landscape Architecture deals with the physical, outdoor space in which we live and graduates can go on to be architects or urban and community planners. This field addresses concerns about environment and the way communities are set up. When choosing a Landscape Architecture program, consider each school's location, tuition amount and if you want a bachelor's or master's program.

University of Georgia: College of Environment and Design

The University of Georgia is a state school located in Athens, Georgia, about 70 miles from Atlanta. The College of Environment and Design offers a Bachelor's and Master's of Landscape Architecture, as well as Historic Preservation programs and a Master's of Environmental Planning. Landscape Architecture has been taught at the university since 1928, and the College of Environment and Design formed in 2001. The undergraduate program lasts for five years and includes participation in an internship and a senior project. The master's program includes a one-year and three-year track and admits 16 new students each year.

University of Georgia 609 Caldwell Hall Athens, GA 30602 706-542-3000

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: School of Architecture and Design

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a public institution in southwest Virginia in Blacksburg. The School of Architecture and Design offers bachelor's and master's degrees in Landscape Architecture. According to the school website, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture was ranked first in the nation in DesignIntelligence's 2010 rankings, and the master's program is ranked second. The bachelor's program lasts for five years, and the master's program offers one, two and three-year programs.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 210 Burrus Hall Blacksburg, VA‎ 24060 540-231-600

Purdue University: Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department

Purdue University is a public university located in West Lafayette, Indiana, about an hour from Indianapolis. The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture offers a one-year Pre-Landscape Architecture program as well as a four-year Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program. The program prepares students for their career with three goals in mind: education, research and community outreach. The school works with the community to create opportunities for environmental programs and development. The bachelor's program was ranked sixth in DesignIntelligence's 2010 rankings.

Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 47907 765-494-4600

Louisiana State University: Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Louisiana State University is a public university located in Baton Rouge. The College of Art and Design offers a five-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a three-year masters program within the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. In 2010, Design Intelligence ranked Louisiana State's Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program second in the nation.

Louisiana State University 304 Thomas Boyd Hall Baton Rouge, LA‎ 70803 225-578-8200‎

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