Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture Statistics & Data

The Department of Landscape Architecture accepts up to 36 undergraduate students into the professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program each year after competion of the Core, and up to 15 graduate students into our Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program. 

We are committed to helping students graduate within the recommended times allotted for both degrees  by providing appropriate advising. View the sequence of courses for the BLA five-year plan of study (scroll to bottom of that page).

Landscape Architecture by the Numbers – Spring 2015

Undergraduate enrollment: 129

  • Iowa residents: 69
  • Non-residents (U.S.): 40
  • International: 20

Students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program are from 11 states (including Iowa) and five countries in addition to the U.S.: China, India, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and South Korea.

Graduate enrollment: 16

  • Iowa residents: 1
  • Non-residents (U.S.): 1
  • International: 11

Students in the landscape architecture graduate program are from two states and two countries in addition to the U.S.: China and Italy.

Student retention and graduation rates (PDF)
BLA degrees conferred (PDF)
MLA enrollments and degrees conferred (PDF)
Employment statistics (also available under the Careers tab of this website)


The first course related to landscape architecture was taught by the first president of Iowa State University (then called Iowa Agricultural College) in 1869.

A formal curriculum in landscape architecture was established in 1914, and the Department of Landscape Architecture was created in 1929. It became of part of the College of Design in 1978.

The Philip H. Elwood Lecture Series was established in 1997 to honor the legacy of professor emeritus Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State.

Savana Studio

In fall 2000, the first Traveling Savanna Studio traveled 10,000 miles from Winnipeg, Canada, to the Gulf Coast of Texas.