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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


Planning students attend the NC-APA Section 5 Workshop

Photo credit: James Rhodes, AICP Planning students attended the NC-APA Section 5 Workshop in Windsor, NC on March 16, 2018. The workshop has two sessions. The morning session focused on community resiliency. Presenters from Windsor and Princeville shared their approaches in the aftermath of major flooding events. The afternoon session focused on rural tourism development ...


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SPAN Video Production

Guess what? SPAN Public Relations officers are interviewing Planning students for video production. Prepare for an answer to the question, “What does planning mean to you?” and participate in the project. SPAN is making something that you will remember for a long time!!! The video preview during the 2018 SPAN Spring Banquet on April 20, ...



SPAN Table Talk Spring 2018 # 2: Chad Sary

Fantastic presentation by Chad Sary at the SPAN TABLE TALK. Students shared what Planning meant to them and Chad, alumni of the ECU planning program and Assistant Town Manager of the Town of Knightdale in North Carolina, shared his career trajectory and professional experiences.


SPAN Table Talk Spring 2018 #1: NCAPA Educational Outreach Panel Discussions

SPAN hosted the first Table Talk series of Spring 2018 with five professional planners. Mr. Niki Jones, Assistant Director ofHousing and Neighborhoods in the City of Raleigh who serves as the president of the North Carolina Chapter American Planning Association (NCAPA) Education Outreach, organized the panels with Pirates! We much appreciate all the questions and ...


SPAN Outreach SP18

SPAN Outreach at the Greenville Police Department Police Athletic League (PAL) Kids

The first outreach action in Spring 2018 by the Student Planners’ Action Network (SPAN). Eleven SPAN members visited the Greenville Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) afterschool program on January 19, 2018. PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and ...