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ACCREDITATION

The University of Illinois offers accredited programs in Landscape Architecture at the Bachelor’s (BLA) and Master’s level (MLA). When you graduate from the University of Illinois with one of these degrees, you will be license-eligible. Licensure is regulated by the state in which you practice, and each state has a specific set of requirements.

Our first professional BLA and MLA programs are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Accredition is a non-governmental, voluntary system of self-regulation. The LAAB accreditation process evaluates each program on the basis of its stated objectives and compliance to externally mandated minimum standards. The department program conducts self-study to evaluate how well each program is meeting its educational goals. LAAB then provides an independent assessment, which determines if a program meets accreditation requirements. Our department has delivered accredited programs continuously since 1929. In the most recent review (2020) our BLA and MLA programs were accredited through 2026.

All LAAB accredited institutions are required to share reliable information about their programs in order to aid prospective students in making informed decisions during the application process. We provide that information below.

2018-2019 Annual Costs

BLA (College of Fine and Applied Arts)

Tuition Fees Estimated Room
& Board
Estimated Books
& Supplies
Other Total
IL-Resident $13,640 $3,968 $11,308 $1,200 $2,500 $32,616
Non-IL Resident $30,210 $3,968 $11,308 $1,200 $2,840 $49,526
International $31,084 $3,968 $11,308 $1,200 $2,840 $50,400

MLA (College of Fine and Applied Arts)

Tuition Fees Estimated Room
& Board
Estimated Books
& Supplies
Other Total
IL-Resident $13,838 $4,222 $13,710 $1,800 $2,750 $36,320
Non-IL Resident $28,562 $4,222 $13,710 $1,800 $3,090 $51,384
International $28,562 $4,292 $13,710 $1,800 $3,090 $51,454

STUDENT AWARDS & RECOGNITION

We reward excellence in our students through a number of prizes, fellowships and awards and recognize student achievements at our annual Sasaki Day event in May. Undergraduate and graduate students are all eligible for the following awards.

Travel Grants

  • Fiel – supports travel for research/study within the United States
  • Kennedy – supports travel for research/study within or outside the United States
  • Ryerson — supports travel for research/study outside the United States

Natalie B. Alpert Prize – for excellence in writing about Landscape Architecture History

Bruce Borland Golf Course Design Scholarship – for students interested in golf course design

Wadsworth Business Intern Scholarship – to recognize strong supervisor evaluation during internship

Olmsted Scholars Nominations – faculty nominate one outstanding student from the BLA program and one outstanding student from the MLA program

ASLA Student Honor and Merit Awards – students are nominated by the faculty to present their work which is then reviewed by an independent panel

Gary Kesler Prize – excellence in the mastery of technical principles in landscape architecture.

Dan Ryan Prize – excellent graphic skills and willingness to help others

TIME TO DEGREE

The BLA is designed to be completed in four years plus a mandatory summer internship that typically takes place between the Junior and Senior years. Students entering the major later than sophomore year will require additional time to complete the degree.

Applicants to the MLA are admitted to a 2 year, 2.5 year or 3 year program based on undergraduate degree (i.e. if completed in landscape architecture or not) and application materials review.

ENROLLMENT & SELF-DESCRIBED DEMOGRAPHICS

BLA Students Total Female Male Asian
American
Hispanic White Multiracial Int’l
2015-2016 57 32 25 3 8 24 1 21
2016-2017 52 27 25 3 10 20 1 18
2017-2018 49 33 16 2 9 19 3 16
MLA Students Total Female Male Asian
American
Int’l
2015-2016 49 41 8 1 40
2016-2017 54 45 9 0 49
2017-2018 37 33 4 0 34