The Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Illinois welcomes all kinds of students into its degree programs. Some students, like Layne Knoche, come from rural communities in Illinois, while others come from big cities like Chicago.

A substantial number of our students are international students from China, Korea, India, and elsewhere. In fact, 23.2% of the University's total student body are international students.

Many of our students come to the University of Illinois as freshmen, while others transfer here as sophomores or juniors from other colleges and universities.

Some students, like Layne, know that they want to major in landscape architecture before arriving, while others join our programs after exploring other options. Some of our graduate students have undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture, and many have degrees in other areas, like English, architecture, engineering, and horticulture.

While most of our students are in their late teens and twenties, older students also enrich our programs with their wisdom and experience.

Some students decide to minor in landscape architecture while pursuing a related major, and others pursue double majors in architecture or other fields.

Regardless of how you find your way to Landscape Architecture at Illinois, we welcome you!

If you are considering applying for one of our programs, we encourage you to come and visit. As Layne discovered on his campus visit, the department is small and intimate. It is easy to feel like you belong. We'll introduce you to faculty, staff, and students. We'll show you our studios and let you experience the enthusiasm in our classes. We'll describe the real-world problems our students are solving and show you some of their impressive designs.

We look forward to getting to know you and helping you find a home in our department!