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Welcome to the Urban & Regional Planning program at ECU

Our program has a 50-year tradition. In 1960, East Carolina University began to offer courses in urban and regional planning. In 1974, ECU approved the BS degree in urban and regional planning. The BS degree is one of only 15 undergraduate degree programs in the U.S. accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, and it is the only accredited undergraduate planning program in North Carolina. Over 1,000 students have graduated from our program with an undergraduate major or minor in planning or a graduate concentration in planning. Our program has strong support from active alumni. On behalf of the program, its faculty, and its alumni and friends, I extend our thanks for your interest in the urban and regional planning program.

- Dr. Misun Hur, Interim Director

Planning News


Summer 2018: Where our students are! – #3

Anna Willis, a rising Junior planning student with criminal justice as minor, is interning with the City of Greenville Police Department this summer. “I have been working with 28 kids from the city of Greenville Police Athletic League (PAL), 4 days of the week from 8-5:30. These kids come from all different backgrounds, and this ...


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Summer 2018: Where our students are! – #2

Photo: William Stanton (right, green shirt) leads a public input meeting for the Farmville Greenway Initiative William Stanton, a Junior Planning student, is having the busiest summer ever!  He is taking two internships at the Pitt County Planning Department and at the Uptown Greenville as an ECU Public Service Fellow. He also participate in the ...



Summer 2018: Where our students are! – #1

Photo: Sam Hunter (7th from the left) with six other interns and the internship committee leaders Sam Hunter, the rising senior in Planning, is interning at the Laurel Hills Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, the City of Raleigh, NC this summer. “Everything is going well! I have been using a lot of microsoft excel ...



ECU Public Service Fellows

Founded in 2015, ECU’s Public Service Fellows Program funded by the State Employees Credit Union Foundation placed students with community partners each year.  Twenty-two students were selected for the PSF program this year. Two planning students were the fellowship recipients. Jennifer Basil with the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN) and William Stanton with ...



Savannah Newbern being selected as the 2018 NC-APA Summer Fellow

Photo. Savannah Newbern during the 2018 Spring Banquet (photo credit: Dr. Marty Sung) Savannah Newbern, ECU Planning major, sophomore, was recently selected as a 2018 Summer Fellow by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAPA). The APA-NC Fellowship Program was created to increase diversity in the planning profession by fostering increased interest ...