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Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) Public Information Policy

LAAB accredited programs are required to provide reliable information to the public on their performance, including student achievement as determined by the institution or Program. This information is intended to help potential students make informed application decisions.

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. The BLA Program was last accredited in 2007 and is scheduled for re-accreditation in the spring of 2015. The MLA Program was last accredited in 2013 and is scheduled for re-accreditation in 2019. Copies of the most recent accreditation letters from LAAB are available at http://www.asla.org/uploadedFiles/CMS/Maps/Education_Programs/VaTechMla2013Summer.pdf

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:$393per semester
 
Estimated costs of Program-associated Field trips and travel:
 
Studio-associated Field trips$250per year
Summer Travel Abroad Studio (between 3rd and 4th year)$12,000

More detailed cost breakdowns are available at: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/tuition/2014-2015.php#undergrad

First-Professional Master’s Degree:

The information below is summarized from the information provided on the website of the Virginia Tech Bursar Office (http://www.bursar.vt.edu/tuition/2014-2015.php#extend_campus) 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:$393per semester

Student Demographics

2012:BLA student enrollment - 100
 45% female
 13% minority
 
2013:BLA Student Enrollment - 79
 54% female
 14% minority
 
2012:MLA Enrollment - 38
 55% female
 20% minority
 
2013:MLA Enrollment - 33
 48% female
 17% minority

Graduation and Retention Rates

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture:
 
2012 Graduates90% graduated within 5 years
74% of students who enrolled in the landscape architecture studio sequence received their degree
 
2013 Graduates95% graduated within 5 years
85% of students who enrolled in the landscape architecture studio sequence received their degree
 
First-Professional Master’s Degree:
 
2012 Graduates64% graduated within 3 years
36% graduated within 4 years
 
2013 Graduates25% 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.