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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


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 ...


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2018 SPAN Spring Banquet

Featured Image: Keynote presentation by Michelle Nance The 2018 SPAN Spring Banquet was held on Friday, April 20, 2018, 5-8 PM at ECU Croatan Green Room. Over 40 people including alumni, students, faculty, guests, and Dean Downs enjoyed the wonderful end-of-year celebration together. With 27 alumni’s support, we raised the total of $1,350 for the ...


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Barefoot on the Mall

The SPAN, GeoClub, and AMS (ECU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society) participated in the ECU’s 40th Barefoot on the Mall together on Thursday, April 19 on the ECU Mall. Thousands of students enjoyed music, food, fun activities, and networking. To see additional photos from the event, visit the Flickr album at:  

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Featured Dan Hemme in the ECU Pirate Profile

Dan Hemme is a Graduate student who is working toward his graduate certificate in Development and Environmental Planning. He leads the Farmville Greenway Initiative project, a collaboration between ECU’s urban and regional planning program, the Department of Political Science and the Town of Farmville.  The project team includes William Stanton and Sheighla Temple (both Junior ...