Students, recent grads, soon-to-be students – Here are some resources for you.

University Liaison, Justin Meek ( )

The national American Planning Association (APA) website has a Students section with information about planning schools and Planning Student Organizations (PSOs). See Student Representative, below, for more information about schools in our California Northern Section that are accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

Schools in our Section

The following schools in our Section offer degrees in planning-related topics, such as urban studies (Stanford, San Francisco State), environmental studies (Santa Clara University, Humboldt State, Cal State Monterey Bay), and other subjects. Other schools in our Section offering degrees in related-subjects (urban studies, environmental studies, geography, GIS, etc): Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State East Bay, Humboldt State University, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Stanford University.

Scholarships – California Planning Foundation (CPF)

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation established to further the professional practice of planning inCalifornia. CPF achieves this goal through its primary activity of scholarships and awards to university students in financial need, who have demonstrated academic excellence at eligible planning programs in California. A secondary, but vitally important CPF activity is the sponsorship of workshops, publications and other continuing educational and professional development programs. CPF promotes the objectives of equal opportunity and social equity in all programs supported by contributions to CPF and fundraising activities.  Please go to the Northern Section’s California Planning Foundation page for additional info.

Recent graduates

See our Young Planners Group (YPG, under 35) for info on professional and social networking events. Or join the Northern Section YPG Facebook page to get notified of activities and opportunities.

Interested in AICP certification? Go to the national APA certification website to see the requirements and timeline. Also check our Professional Development page.

Ways to get involved

We are always looking for opportunities to take the urban planning message to career day events, social studies, or government classes at high schools and universities. We welcome all helpers, and our diversity team especially wants to recruit women and people of color, or people with other language skills into this exciting professional field. Be in touch with us, come to our board meeting (they are public meetings, check the calendar and RSVP).

Go to the yearly Awards Banquet, the Holiday Party or the State Conference. These are great opportunities for networking. Organizers for these events sometimes can offer discounted rates, in exchange for your volunteer help.

Student representatives

Accredited schools in APA California Northern Section and links to their programs:

  • UC Berkeley (UCB) Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP), in the College of Environmental Design. Contact Student Representative, Edward (“Ted”) Graves (, for more information about DCRP.
  • San Jose State University (SJSU) Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Student organization: Urban Planning Coalition (UPC). Contact Student Representative, Melissa Ruhl (, for more information about SJSU.

Free APA membership for students

APA offers one year free membership to third-year undergrad, or first-year grad students in PAB-accredited urban planning programs in the United States. Talk to your student representatives or university liaison if you have questions. After the free first year, you can take advantage of four more years of discounted membership (Early Career membership), discounts for conferences, and more.

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