Top Ranked
Landscape Architecture Schools — Focus Areas


Landscape architecture firms and other professional organizations were surveyed regarding America's Top Ranked Landscape Architecture Schools, which ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of the professional practitioners who hire and supervise graduates of landscape architecture. Rankings are compiled for the strongest programs in each of 12 different focus areas.

1 — Communication and presentation skills

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
Louisiana State University 1
Pennsylvania State University 2
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 3
Ohio State University 4
Ball State University 5
University of Georgia 5
Cornell University 7
Iowa State University 8
Michigan State University 9
Purdue University 9

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 2
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 3
Louisiana State University 4
Cornell University 5
University of Virginia 6
Ball State University 7
Ohio State University 8
University of Georgia 9
Pennsylvania State University 10
University of California, Berkeley 10

2 — Construction materials and methods

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1
Pennsylvania State University 2
Louisiana State University 3
Ball State University 4
Ohio State University 5
Purdue University 6
University of Georgia 7
Iowa State University 8
Michigan State University 9
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 1
Harvard University 2
Cornell University 3
Louisiana State University 4
Pennsylvania State University 5
Ohio State University 6
University of Georgia 6
Ball State University 8
University of Virginia 8
University of Pennsylvania 10

3 — Design technologies (BIM, AI, VR, AR, etc.)

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
Louisiana State University 1
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2
Pennsylvania State University 3
Ohio State University 4
Ball State University 5
University of Georgia 5
Texas A&M University 7
Cornell University 8
Virginia Tech 8
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 2
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 3
Louisiana State University 4
Cornell University 5
Ohio State University 5
University of Virginia 7
Pennsylvania State University 8
University of California, Berkeley 8
Ball State University 10
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 10

4 — Design theory and practice

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
Louisiana State University 1
Cornell University 2
Pennsylvania State University 3
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 4
Ohio State University 5
Ball State University 6
University of Georgia 7
Michigan State University 8
Iowa State University 9
Purdue University 9
Texas A&M University 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 2
University of Virginia 3
Louisiana State University 4
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 5
Cornell University 6
University of California, Berkeley 7
University of Georgia 8
Ball State University 9
Ohio State University 9

5 — Engineering fundamentals

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1
Pennsylvania State University 2
Purdue University 2
Ohio State University 4
Louisiana State University 5
Ball State University 6
Cornell University 7
University of Georgia 7
Iowa State University 9
Michigan State University 9
Texas A&M University 9

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 1
Cornell University 2
Ohio State University 2
Harvard University 4
Louisiana State University 5
Pennsylvania State University 6
Ball State University 7
University of Georgia 7
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 9
Virginia Tech 9

6 — Healthy built environments

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1
Louisiana State University 2
Ohio State University 3
Ball State University 4
Cornell University 5
Pennsylvania State University 6
Iowa State University 7
Michigan State University 7
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 9
University of Georgia 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2
Louisiana State University 2
Cornell University 4
University of Pennsylvania 5
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 6
Ohio State University 6
University of Virginia 6
University of California, Berkeley 9
Ball State University 10

7 — Interdisciplinary studies (awareness of, and collaboration with multiple disciplines impacting the built environment)

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
Pennsylvania State University 1
Ball State University 2
Louisiana State University 3
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 4
Ohio State University 5
Cornell University 6
Texas A&M University 6
University of Georgia 8
Michigan State University 9
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 2
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 3
Cornell University 4
University of Virginia 4
Ball State University 6
Louisiana State University 7
University of Georgia 7
Ohio State University 9
Pennsylvania State University 9
University of California, Berkeley 9

8 — Practice management

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1
Louisiana State University 2
Pennsylvania State University 2
University of Georgia 4
Ball State University 5
Purdue University 5
Iowa State University 7
Ohio State University 7
Michigan State University 9
Cornell University 10
Texas A&M University 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2
Louisiana State University 3
Cornell University 4
University of Pennsylvania 5
Ohio State University 6
University of Virginia 7
University of Georgia 8
Ball State University 9
Pennsylvania State University 9

9 — Project planning and management

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
Pennsylvania State University 1
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2
Louisiana State University 3
Ohio State University 4
Ball State University 5
Iowa State University 6
University of Georgia 6
Michigan State University 8
Purdue University 9
Cornell University 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2
Louisiana State University 3
Cornell University 4
Ohio State University 5
Ball State University 6
University of Georgia 6
University of Pennsylvania 8
Pennsylvania State University 9
University of Virginia 9

10 — Research

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
Pennsylvania State University 1
Cornell University 2
Louisiana State University 2
Ball State University 4
Ohio State University 5
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 6
University of Georgia 7
Iowa State University 8
Michigan State University 9
Arizona State University 10
Texas A&M University 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 2
Cornell University 3
University of Virginia 3
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 5
University of California, Berkeley 6
Louisiana State University 7
University of Georgia 8
Ohio State University 9
University of Michigan 10

11 — Sustainable built environments/adaptive design/resilient design

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1
Louisiana State University 2
Pennsylvania State University 3
University of Georgia 3
Cornell University 5
Ball State University 6
Ohio State University 7
Michigan State University 8
Purdue University 9
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 10
Iowa State University 10

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
University of Pennsylvania 2
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 3
Louisiana State University 4
University of Virginia 4
Cornell University 6
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 7
Ohio State University 8
University of Georgia 9
University of Washington 9

12 — Transdisciplinary collaboration across A/E/C

Undergraduate

School Name 2019-20
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 1
Ball State University 2
Pennsylvania State University 3
Louisiana State University 4
Ohio State University 5
Cornell University 6
Purdue University 7
University of Georgia 8
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 9
Iowa State University 9

Graduate

School Name 2019-20
Harvard University 1
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2
Cornell University 3
Louisiana State University 3
Ohio State University 5
University of Georgia 6
University of Virginia 7
Ball State University 8
Texas A&M University 8
University of Pennsylvania 10