AICP Exam Pass Rates

The American Planning Association is pleased to provide this summary of the AICP Exam pass rates of graduates of PAB–accredited planning programs.

2004-2014

The list below depicts AICP Exam pass rates of graduates of accredited planning programs in the United States and Canada. The pass rates are based on examination attempts that occurred between 2004 and 2014. An examination attempt was counted for this summary if the examinee graduated from an accredited planning program during that school's accreditation period.

A full listing of PAB-accredited planning programs that includes the full program name is available on PAB's website. All programs listed are, or have been, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

The exam pass rates list below is in quartiles to provide additional context regarding the pass rates relative to the volume of exam attempts. 

All AICP exam data are owned and securely maintained by the American Planning Association. (a)

Quartiles are assigned based on total number of exam attempts. (b)

Mean Pass Rate (PAB accredited program graduates) (c) — 76%

1st Quartile

(91 or more attempts)

School Name Degree Total Pass Pass Rate (%)
University of Minnesota Master 93 88 95%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Master 122 115 94%
University of Pennsylvania Master 200 182 91%
University of Michigan Master 124 111 90%
University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign Master 96 85 89%
University of Texas–Austin Master 91 80 88%
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Master 92 80 87%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Master 92 79 86%
University of California–Los Angeles Master 84 80 85%
University of Colorado-Denver Master 175 147 84%
University of Virginia Master 114 95 83%
Georgia Institute of Technology Master 184 153 83%
University of Florida Master 94 77 82%
Florida State University Master 177 141 80%
Rutgers University Master 168 132 79%
Ohio State University Master 162 123 76%
University of Illinois-Chicago Master 141 107 76%
University of Kansas Master 99 69 70%
University of Southern California Master 123 85 69%
University of Cincinnati Master 106 71 67%
State University of New York at Buffalo Master 95 63 66%
Iowa State University Bachelor 114 73 64%
University of Texas–Arlington Master 111 58 52%
Florida Atlantic University Master 110 46 42%

2nd Quartile

(56 to 90 attempts)

School Name Degree Total Pass Pass Rate (%)
University of Wisconsin–Madison Master 60 59 98%
Portland State University Master 78 75 96%
University of Washington Master 78 71 91%
University of California–Berkeley Master 84 76 90%
California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo Master 67 59 88%
University of Iowa Master 84 73 87%
State University of New York at Albany Master 57 49 86%
University of Maryland-College Park Master 64 55 86%
Cornell University Master 87 73 84%
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Master 78 63 81%
Columbia University Master 83 67 81%
Harvard University Master 56 45 80%
University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign Bachelor 64 51 80%
Ball State University Bachelor 59 46 78%
Virginia Commonwealth University Master 75 58 77%
New York University Master 86 65 76%
Clemson University Master 75 56 75%
San Jose State University Master 59 43 73%
Hunter College of the City University of New York Master 59 42 71%
Texas A & M University Master 73 47 64%
University of New Orleans Master 70 43 61%
California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo Bachelor 77 46 60%
Arizona State University Master 59 33 56%
University of Cincinnati Bachelor 73 39 53%
California State Polytechnic University–Pomona Bachelor 81 36 44%

3rd Quartile

(24 to 55 attempts)

School Name Degree Total Pass Pass Rate (%)
Tufts University Master 29 28 97%
University of California–Irvine Master 43 38 88%
University of Oregon Master 39 34 87%
University of Memphis Master 24 20 83%
Kansas State University Master 39 32 82%
Pratt Institute of Brooklyn Master 27 22 82%
University of Rhode Island (d) Master 25 20 80%
University of Massachusetts–Amherst Master 55 43 78%
Michigan State University Master 29 22 76%
Michigan State University Bachelor 45 34 76%
University of New Mexico Master 34 25 74%
Eastern Washington University Bachelor 30 22 73%
University of Nebraska Master 41 29 71%
Ball State University Master 43 30 70%
Cleveland State University Master 35 23 66%
Iowa State University Master 37 24 65%
Eastern Washington University Master 30 19 63%
University of Tennessee (d) Master 41 25 61%
University of Arizona Master 46 28 61%
California State Polytechnic University–Pomona Master 54 32 59%
Arizona State University Bachelor 24 13 54%
Auburn University (d) Master 27 14 52%
University of Oklahoma Master 54 26 48%
East Carolina University Bachelor 29 13 45%
Morgan State University Master 31 8 26%

4th Quartile

(23 or fewer attempts)

School Name Degree Total Pass Pass Rate (%)
Jackson State University Master 1 1 100%
North Dakota State University (d)  Master 3 3 100%
Universite de Montreal (f) Bachelor 1 1 100%
University of British Columbia (f) Master 10 10 100%
University of Miami (d) Master 2 2 100%
University of Utah Master 3 3 100%
University of Virginia Bachelor 23 21 91%
Eastern Michigan University Bachelor 11 9 82%
George Washington University Master 4 3 75%
University of Hawaii at Manoa Master 20 15 75%
University of Louisville Master 4 3 75%
University of Pittsburgh (d) Master 4 3 75%
McGill University (e) Master 18 12 67%
Missouri State University (former SW Missouri State U) Bachelor 9 6 67%
University of Manitoba (e) Master 9 6 67%
Wayne State University Master 23 14 61%
Universite de Montreal (f) Master 5 3 60%
Queen's University (e) Master 6 3 50%
Temple University Master 6 3 50%
University of Washington (d) Bachelor 6 3 50%
Southern Illinois University (d) Master 3 1 33%
Alabama A & M University Master 22 6 27%
Alabama A & M University Bachelor 6 0 0%
Pennsylvania State University–Capitol Campus (d) Master 6 0 0%
Texas Southern University Master 1 0 0%

NOTES

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(b) Quartile ranges were determined using total number of examination attempts per accredited planning program. An examination attempt was counted if the examinee received a degree from the program during the program's accreditation period. The number of programs used to determine quartiles included programs accredited by either the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), or both. Note that in the initial analysis, the Fourth Quartile included many CIP-only programs since these programs generally produced very small numbers of examinees during the study period. However, CIP-only programs are not displayed here. The result is that the number of schools shown in the Fourth Quartile is significantly smaller than the number of schools listed in the other quartiles.

(c) Percent of passed examination attempts by accredited planning program graduates during the 2004-2014 period out of all examination attempts by accredited planning program graduates during the 2004-2014 period. The "mean pass rate," as defined above, is 76%.

(d) Formerly, but no longer, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

(e) Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners; formerly, but no longer, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

(f) Accredited by both the Planning Accreditation Board and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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