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Accreditation

The five-year Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and three-year First-Professional Master’s Degree (MLA) Programs at Virginia Tech are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The BLA Program was last reviewed by a visiting team from the LAAB in 2015 and is scheduled for its next accreditation review in the fall of 2020 (view most recent accreditation letter…). The MLA Program was last reviewed by a visiting team from the LAAB in 2013 and is scheduled for its next accreditation review in 2019 (view most recent accreditation letter…).

Cost of Attendance

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture:

The information below is summarized from the information provided on Virginia Tech’s Net Price Calculator (http://www.apps.finaid.vt.edu/apps/NPC/npcalc.htm) as of July 2014. The Calculator provides for undergraduate applicants “estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board [meals], and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.”

For in-state undergraduate applicants not applying for financial aid:

Estimated tuition and fees – $10,930

Estimated room and board charges – $8,000

Estimated cost of books and supplies – $1,100

Estimated other expenses – $5,480

Estimated total cost of attendance – $25,510

Estimated net price after grants and scholarships – $23,760

For out-of-state undergraduate applicants not applying for financial aid:

Estimated tuition and fees – $25,300

Estimated room and board charges – $8,000

Estimated cost of books and supplies – $1,100

Estimated other expenses – $5,480

Estimated total cost of attendance – $39,880

Estimated net price after grants and scholarships – $34,860

Architecture and Design Fee for Students in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture – $393 per semester

Estimated costs of Program-associated Field trips and travel:

Studio-associated Field trips – $250 per year

Summer Travel Abroad Studio (between 3rd and 4th year) – $12,000

Current detailed cost breakdowns for tuition and fees are available at https://www.bursar.vt.edu/tuition-fee-rates/tuition-fees.html.

First-Professional Master’s Degree:

The information below is summarized from the information provided on the website of the Virginia Tech Bursar’s Office (https://www.bursar.vt.edu/tuition-fee-rates/tuition-fees.html) for costs at Virginia Tech’s extended campus (including study at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center).

For full-time in-state applicants tuition and comprehensive fees – $6,506.50

For full-time non-Virginia residents tuition and comprehensive fees – $12,870.50

Architecture and Design Fee for Students in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture – $393 per semester

Student Demographics

2012:

BLA student enrollment – 100
45% female, 13% minority

MLA Enrollment – 38
55% female, 20% minority

2013:

BLA Student Enrollment – 79
54% female, 14% minority

MLA Enrollment – 33
48% female, 17% minority

Graduation and Retention Rates

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture:

2012 Graduates
90% graduated within 5 years
74% of students who enrolled in the landscape architecture studio sequence received their degree

2013 Graduates
95% graduated within 5 years
85% of students who enrolled in the landscape architecture studio sequence received their degree

First-Professional Master’s Degree:

2012 Graduates
64% graduated within 3 years
36% graduated within 4 years

2013 Graduates
25% graduated within 3 years
75% graduated within 4 years

Course schedules at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center typically allow for students to work part-time which can result in a longer time to graduation.

Student Achievement

2012 Awards and Recognition:

22 Program students were inducted into Sigma Lambda Alpha, the national honor society for landscape architecture.

A Program master’s student was selected as a Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar. The Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.

A Program master’s student won an Honor Award and the Student Poster Design Competition for the 2012 AIADC Washington Unbuilt Competition.

A team of Program undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty was a finalist in the Virginia Low Impact Development Competition.

A team of Program graduate students submitted documentation to the Historic American Landscape Survey for Tinner Hill in Falls Church, Virginia, the site of the formation of the first rural chapter of the NAACP.

Two Program graduate student abstracts were selected for presentation at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress, Capetown, South Africa.

One Program undergraduate student was awarded an ASLA Undergraduate Honor Award by the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

One Program undergraduate student was awarded an ASLA Undergraduate Merit Award by the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

2013 Awards and Recognition:

22 Program students were inducted into Sigma Lambda Alpha, the national honor society for landscape architecture.

One Program undergraduate and one Program master’s student were selected as Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholars. The Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.

Abstracts by two Program Graduate students, co-authored with program faculty, were selected for presentation at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress, Capetown, South Africa.

A refereed article by a Program graduate student, co-authored with a program faculty member, was accepted for publication in Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra Urban Studies.

Three Program graduate students co-authored, with a Program faculty member, an article accepted for publication in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

Two Program graduate students were members on an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty that won the Casey Tree Farm Competition.

Two Program undergraduate students were awarded an ASLA Undergraduate Honor Award by the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Two Program undergraduate students were awarded an ASLA Undergraduate Merit Award by the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Accreditation

The Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech offers accredited professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees. The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) evaluates graduate and undergraduate landscape architecture programs every six years judging whether a program is in compliance with accreditation standards.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – next scheduled accreditation review in Fall 2020

Master of Landscape Architecture – next scheduled accreditation review in Spring 2019

Costs of Attendance

Undergraduate Costs of Attendance:

Tuition & Fees – $12,852 (in-state), $29,975 (out-of-state)

Estimated Room & Board – $8,564

Estimated Per Year Total – $21,416 (in-state), $38,539 (out-of-state)

Graduate Costs of Attendance:

Tuition & Fees – $14,914 (in-state), $28,604 (out-of-state)

Estimated Room (VT dormitory) – $7,308

Estimated Per Year Total – $22,222 (in-state), $35,912 (out-of-state)

Student Enrollment

2015/16:
BLA – 64
MLA at WAAC – 25
MLA on main campus – 6
PhD, landscape concentration – 9

2014/15:
BLA – 63
MLA at WAAC – 31
MLA on main campus – 6
PhD, landscape concentration – 10

2013/14:
BLA – 66
MLA at WAAC – 26
MLA on main campus – 9
PhD, landscape concentration – 7

Student Achievements

In 2016, Design Intelligence ranked the undergraduate Landscape Architecture program #13 in the nation and 4th in the South. In the Deans’ Survey, the undergraduate Landscape Architecture program was recognized as the 5th most admired program nationally. In the student survey, 100 percent of landscape architecture students from Virginia Tech reported that they believe they will be well prepared for their profession upon graduation.

All students in the graduating class of 2015/16 who sought employment in the field of landscape architecture were able to obtain a position! Numerous continuing students obtain summer employment and/or part-time employment during the academic year related to landscape architecture.