National Collegiate Landscape Competition returns to Mississippi State

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition (formerly Student Career Days) will take place in March, where it all started 40 years ago, at Mississippi State University.

The event has grown from its beginnings as a friendly competition between the Mississippi State, Ohio State, and Michigan State University horticulture programs to become the signature recruiting and career building event in the landscape industry.

This year, approximately 800 horticulture and landscape students from more than 60 schools will test their skills in real-world, competitive events, and interview with landscape, lawn care, tree care, irrigation, and other companies at the Career Fair, which will be held on Thursday, March 17.

“Everyone will want to be at this year’s event because we have a number of surprises and special events planned,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, NALP CEO. “We are really pleased to celebrate the impact that this event has had on so many students who have built careers in the industry.”

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition is supported by sponsors STIHL, Inc. (Platinum); JOHN DEERE (Gold); Caterpillar Inc., Gravely, Husqvarna, and New Holland Construction (Silver); and Anchor, Belgard, Brickman, the Toro Company and ValleyCrest (Bronze).

For more information about sponsorship, securing a booth at the Career Fair, or registering for the event, visit, or contact Anna Walraven at or 800-395-2522.