Landscape Architecture is a design profession which combines art, science and technology to propose meaningful and thoughtful change to the built environment. More than at any time in human history, our fragile planet and its ever-increasing population require professionals who skillfully employ the art of creative invention, the sciences of sustainable practices and social behavior, and the application of cutting edge technologies to ensure a healthy future for both. Landscape Architecture at Purdue University offers a fully accredited degree program and is consistently ranked in the top 10 design programs in America.

Prospective Landscape Architecture Students

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Landscape Architecture Information

Purdue and non-Purdue students wishing to transfer into the Pre-Landscape Architecture program must meet the following criteria:
  • A minimum of two semesters and 24 credit hours must have been completed in the students previous major.
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 must have been achieved at the conclusion of those two semesters, excluding lower grades for any repeated courses.
  • Commencement of studies in Prelandscape Architecture is restricted to the fall academic semester only. An academic advisor interview is required. Completion of LA 101 is strongly encouraged but not required prior to initiating a CODO request.
  • Application deadline is the end of the spring semester for admission in the following fall.

Students who have completed some portion of their landscape architectural studies at other institutions may be eligible to transfer directly into the Professional Landscape Architecture program. Applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Availability of facilities.
  • Evidence of academic credits equivalent to the course content of the Purdue University Prelandscape and Landscape Architecture curriculum and evaluation of grade point average in those courses.
  • A portfolio of design and graphic work from courses equivalent to the content of the Purdue University Prelandscape and Landscape Architecture curriculum.
  • An essay concerning professional goals.

Transfer students who successfully meet these requirements will be placed accordingly in either the fall or spring semester of the second or third year of study, based on an audit of equivalent landscape architectural coursework completed prior to transfer.​


The Purdue Landscape Architecture Program measures student achievement based on data generated by our ongoing program of monitoring student outcomes and the metrics necessary to quantify student achievement.  Our outcomes and assessment program encompasses 77 distinct skills and abilities as defined by the ASLA’s Body of Knowledge and the Purdue Landscape Architecture Mission Statement. 

Exceptional academic performance is recognized and acknowledged with the following award programs: 

  • ASLA Certificates of Honor and Merit (up to 4 awarded)
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar Program (one awarded)
  • The Don Molnar award for outstanding cooperative employment experience (either one or two awarded)
  • Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior in the Landscape Architecture Program (one awarded per each year)
  • Outstanding Senior Capstone Project award (one awarded)
  • Outstanding Designer award (one awarded at sophomore, junior, and senior levels) 


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The first year of our program is called PreLandscape Architecture. The majority of students use this year to gain a better insight into the profession of Landscape Architecture.  In the 20018-19 academic year, two PreLandscape Architecture students changed their degree objectives to other majors or left the university. This is both typical and an expected outcome of the PreLandscape Architecture year.  This attrition, however, was offset by four students who transferred into Landscape Architecture after beginning coursework in another major. Three students from the sophomore through senior years dropped the Landscape Architecture major, resulting in a 96.8% overall retention rate.


The 2018-2019 Senior class enrollment was 16 students.  Of the 16 students, 15 were granted BSLA degrees. The remaining student is continuing to complete their degree requirements which were not met due to academic inadequacies. The 2019 graduation rate was 93.75%

The number of BSLA degrees conferred each year for the past five years:

  • 2019: 15
  • 2018: 15
  • 2017: 13
  • 2016: 23
  • 2015: 20


Among the 15 students who received BSLA degrees in 2019, 14 have reported receiving full-time positions and one is pursuing graduate degrees.


For the academic year, 2018-19, the demographics of the Purdue Landscape Architecture Program were as follows:

  • Total number of students in program: 89
  • Male: 43 students,  48.3%
  • Female:  46 students, 51.1%
  • In-state (Indiana resident): 66 students,  74.2%
  • Out-of-state (non-resident US citizen) 23 students, 27.1%
  • International: 19 students, 21.3%
  • Minority: 2 students, 2.2%​ 
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