Public Information & Measures of Student Achievement

Tracking Our Performance - Outcomes Metrics

As prescribed by the Planning Accreditation Board (Standard 7D), TSUSP provides public information on its website about student achievement, program cost, admissions, graduation and retention rates and trends, AICP certification and employment outcomes for the MURP program.

Student Achievement

MURP students received a 2018 Student Project Award from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) for their Planning Workshop project, Umatilla Together. This is the eighth time in the last 12 years that a PSU student project has won national award from AICP, more than any other planning program in the United States. The students were recognized at the 2018 American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

2018-19 Tuition and Fees
In State Residents, per full-time academic year:           $ 16,314
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year:    $ 24,090
Student Retention Rate    
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2017 and continued into fall 2018: 92%

Student Graduation Rate    
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2014: 97%

Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year: 22
AICP Certification    
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2013:100%

Percentage of graduates obtaining full-time planning or planning-related employment within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2017: 94%


Historic Metrics

1.  Admissions Trends:

  2013-14 2014-15 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Applicants 175 196 185 189 165 150
Admits 90 100 100 104 113 110
Enrolled 48 32 37 36 38 28

2.  Enrollment Trends:

  2013-14 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019

Percent of enrolled
students identifying
as a person of color**

17% 16% 19% 18% 23% 26%
Percent of enrolled
international students
6% 9% 8% 9% 4% 4%
Percent of enrolled
women students
57% 44% 43% 44% 48% 57%

**U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

3.  Student Retention and Graduation Rates:

Cohort beginning AY 2012-13 2013-14 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Number enrolled 35 48 32 37 36 38
Retention rate* 97% 96% 97% 92% 97% 92%
Graduated within 4 years 32 46 31 32 16 -
Graduation rate 91% 96%  97% 86%** 44%*** -
Degrees awarded during AY (Fall - Summer) 41 31 47 29 37 22

* Individuals still enrolled 12 months after initial enrollment.
**3-year graduation rate.
***2-year graduation rate.

Note: Graduation figures as of Summer 2018

4.   Tuition and fees for a full-time graduate student for one academic year, 2018-19

In-state: $16,314
Out-of-state*: $24,090
Based on 12-credits load per term, 3 terms per year.
*Residents of western states are eligible for in-state tuition under the WICHE program for graduate students.  For more information on tuition and fees, please refer to the University’s Financial Aid Webpage.

5.  AICP exam pass rate:

Year Graduated 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Of those who attempted
the exam within 5 years
of graduation, % of
graduates who passed

100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

AICP exam pass rate data are collected by the APA.  Check here for a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions.

6.  Employment rate of graduates within 1 year of graduation:

Graduation year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Graduates 34 33 48 30 36
% of graduates employed in Planning, or
Planning-related jobs within 1 year of graduation
97% 85% 83% 93% 94%
% of graduates pursuing advanced degree 0% 3% 0% 3% 0%
% of graduates with unknown employment status 0% 0% 6% 0% 0%

"Planning, or planning-related" employment defined as "relating directly to the skills and knowledge acquired in the MURP program," as determined by the respondent.  Figures based on surveys of graduates conducted approximately 12-18 months following June graduation.

Student Learning and Achievement

Students must earn a minimum grade of “B-“ in all core courses and maintain an overall G.P.A. of 3.0.

All students must earn a “Pass” in Planning Workshop. (With coaching from faculty, students form themselves into 4-6 member project teams around a project idea and work with a community client.  During the two-term Workshop, project teams have full responsibility to formulate, design and implement their project.  No project has failed to deliver a written product and project clients (which have included public agencies, neighborhood organizations, and non-profit groups) have uniformly commended the students’ work). More relevant perhaps, students demonstrate not only competency in technical planning skills but also their ability to work in teams, undertake multiple aspects of planning projects, work with clients, grapple with ethical dilemmas among themselves and with their client or the public.  In other words, the Planning Workshop provides clear indications of what students have learned through the core curriculum, what they continue to learn through the Workshop, and what is less widely acquired. 

The Planning Workshop Projects can be found here.

MURP students have received a variety of national and state-level AICP/APA student awards, including:
    2013 AICP Student Project Award – Application of the Planning Process
    2012 APA, Oregon Chapter Stduent Achievement in Planning Award
    2012 AICP Student Project Award – Application of the Planning Process
    2010 APA, Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning Award
    2010 AICP Student Project Award – Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue
    2008 APA Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning Award, Special Achievement in Planning, Certificate of Merit
    2008 AICP Student Project Award – Applied Research
    2007 AICP Student Project Award – Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue

The above awards can be found here.