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Kickstart your planning career with professional publications, career guidance, opportunities to present your work, and much more. Student membership is free and includes a deep discount on the cost of attending the National Planning Conference.

APA Student Memberships

Any student can be a member of APA National, a local chapter, and up to five divisions at no cost. This applies to all students, regardless of current or previous APA membership, seeking a degree at any level (undergraduate, masters, PhD), who are actively matriculated in a college or university degree program.

Students do not have to be in a planning program and we welcome individuals in allied programs like geography and urban studies who are interested in planning. After completing their studies, students can transition into a two-year membership program that offers discounted introductory dues. 

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*Note: APA student memberships do not include university student organization memberships - and vice versa. Joining student groups is a separate registration process.

New Professional Memberships

New members can join APA National at a savings of up to 85 percent a year, for up to two years. If you've never been a member of APA, we want to encourage you to take advantage of all our association offers. You will soon discover that APA is your essential professional organization.

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Ohio Student Organizations

Student planning organizations are an easy way to get involved and expand your knowledge in the world of planning. Learn more at the links below.

*Note: University student organization memberships do not include APA student memberships - and vice versa. Joining the American Planning Association is a separate (free) registration process.

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University's Student Chapter of APA (CSU APA) is a student-run campus organization that aims to enrich the academic experience of students in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. CSU APA strives to facilitate the exchange of ideas and thoughtful discussions, foster professional development, and create a sense of community among all students at Cleveland State University.

CSU APA Website

The Ohio State University

The City and Regional Planning Student Association (CRPSA) at Ohio State connects students with the resources they need to maximize their experience at OSU. Our goals are to help our members advance their academic and professional careers, encourage meaningful interaction with the local community, and help students bond outside the classroom through entertaining social events.

CRPSA Website

University of Cincinnati

The Planning Graduate Student Association (PGSA) exists to serve the needs of planning graduate students at the University of Cincinnati, and helps to lead student-organized academic, social and service events throughout the year. For additional information, visit the organization website.

PGSA Website

Accredited Planning Programs

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The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) ensures high quality education for future urban planners. Accreditation recognizes educational institutions and professional programs for performance, integrity and quality. Three urban planning programs in Ohio are accredited:


Cleveland State University
Levin College of Urban Affairs
Urban Planning and Development (MUPD) Program
Master of Urban Planning and Development
Joanna Ganning, Director
Accreditation through December 31, 2028

The Ohio State University
The Knowlton School of Architecture College of Engineering
City and Regional Planning Section
Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning
Master of City and Regional Planning
Jennifer Clark, Head
Accreditation through December 31, 2025

University of Cincinnati

College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
School of Planning
Bachelor of Urban Planning
Master of Community Planning
Danilo Palazzo, Director
Accreditation through December 31, 2028

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