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APA Membership and Early Career Program

APA offers a free year of membership to third-year undergraduate and first-year graduate students in PAB-accredited or ACSP full member planning programs in the United States. Learn more about the Free Student Membership Program. See a list of participating schools.

By taking part in the APA Free Student Member program, you will also be eligible for the APA Early Career Program. Program participants are entitled to reduced rates and enhanced benefits after their free year of student membership is over.

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.

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. For additional information, visit the organization 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. For additional information, visit the organization 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.

Accredited Planning Programs

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, Design and Development
Stephanie Ryberg-Webster
Accreditation through December 31, 2019
Dept phone: 216.687.2136

The Ohio State University
Knowlton School of Architecture
City and Regional Planning Program
Master of City and Regional Planning
Rachel Kleit, Head
Accreditation through December 31, 2018
Dept phone: 614.292.1012

Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning
Candidacy Status through December 31, 2018

University of Cincinnati
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
School of Planning
Bachelor of Urban Planning
Master of Community Planning
Danilo Palazzo, School Director
Accreditation through December 31, 2019
Dept phone: 513.556.4943