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UI Urban and Regional Planning program hosts Visitors' Day April 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Undergraduates and others considering such careers as city planner, transportation planner, housing specialist, or environmental planner are invited to find out more about a master's program the University of Iowa offers in these fields.

The UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning is sponsoring a Visitors' Day program on Thursday, April 2. There will be an open house beginning at noon in the lobby of Urban and Regional Planning, located on the north end of the third floor of Jessup Hall.

Formal presentations will run from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol. The event will feature a panel discussion with professional planners who are alumni of the program and an opportunity to meet with students now in the program. The day will conclude with faculty presentations about areas of concentration.

Planning is a profession for people who want to improve the quality of life in cities and regions. Planners find solutions for problems such as affordable housing shortages, groundwater contamination, downtown decline, and transportation congestion.

Areas of concentration include economic development; environmental planning; housing and community development; and transportation planning. Writing, quantitative and interpersonal skills are emphasized in the master's degree program, and students come from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds.

The prerequisite for the program is a B.A. or B.S. degree in any major. Joint degrees are available with law, hospital and health administration, social work, preventive medicine and environmental health, and economics.

Those interested in attending all or part of the program should call (319) 335-0032 or 335-0041 for further information.