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Urban Studies & Planning

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Study’s mission is to assist in the development of healthy communities through an interdisciplinary program of teaching, research and public service.

The oldest continuously operating undergraduate program in urban studies in the United States is right here at Portland State University’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. 

From Mother Jones magazine [Forget the US News College Rankings. Enroll Here and Actually Get a Job.” Sept. 15, 2011] and Planetizen [Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs 2012], the Toulan School has earned decorations and national recognition for its competitive graduate programs taught by highly engaged faculty and the numerous public and professional leaders who are members of the adjunct faculty. 

Students who want to tackle the issues facing urban communities — issues such as housing, livability, and resource utilization — travel from far and near to study at the Toulan School. 

The downtown core of Portland is more than a backdrop for the urban studies and planning curricula — it’s also a classroom. Thanks to the longevity of the urban studies program at PSU and the university’s extensive partnerships and community goodwill, Toulan School students are able to learn from, influence, analyze and share the urban innovations for which Portland and the Pacific Northwest are known. 

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs for students preparing for or advancing careers in community development, real estate development, urban design, environmental resource management, law, government and more.