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Texas Christian University – Undergraduate Real Estate Profile (Updated OCT 2023)

During my college search, my top priority was finding a school that offered a personal and resource-rich experience. TCU stood out because of its small class sizes, which fostered an intimate learning environment, location, and extensive alumni network. Through individualized guidance and support from the Neeley School of Business, starting from the acceptance process and continuing throughout the journey to graduation, the commitment to personalized attention empowers students to tailor their experience and fully leverage the opportunities available, ultimately leading them toward their desired goals.

The Neeley School of Business and TCU Center for Real Estate have enabled me to receive a top-notch education and access the professional resources needed to succeed in real estate. Thanks to the outstanding courses led by dedicated faculty and the wealth of opportunities extended by the TCU Real Estate Club, I have obtained a well-rounded academic background that has equipped me for future success within the industry.

Note from Michael: This profile is part of The A.CRE Undergraduate Real Estate Series highlighting some of the top undergraduate programs with robust opportunities to study and secure work in commercial real estate. Each profile has been written by a current or former student of the program and is written from their unique perspective on the school and its real estate offerings. A huge thanks to Kiana and Trevor for taking the time to write this profile of TCU.

Watch the Student Interview Deep Dive on TCU’s Real Estate Program

In this 2020 interview, we conducted an interview with a current student at Texas Christian University, Trevor Short.

The Neeley School of Business Center for Real Estate

Located in one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation, the Center for Real Estate at TCU launched in Spring 2018. The Real Estate Program allows students and industry leaders to connect, providing research, training, and partnership to further success in the industry.

The Center for Real Estate provides extensive networking and experiential learning opportunities, connecting students with industry and speaker series events, the TCU Real Estate Club, internships, and career opportunities. Plus, our advisory board includes top industry professionals who guide, lead and mentor students.

The Neeley Center for Real Estate is led by James Hill. Its assistant directors are Kristen Lusk Smith and Leslie Purvis, who is also a faculty advisor to the real estate club.

TCU Real Estate Extracurriculars

TCU Real Estate Club

Founded in 2007, the TCU Real Estate Club offers its 700+ members the opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals, advancing real estate knowledge beyond the classroom. The club hosts various panels, speaker events, company tours, career fairs, educational workshops, skills development, and mentorship programs for TCU students to promote professional development and camaraderie.

TCU Real Estate Club Officers

The 2023-2024 TCU Real Estate Club Officers

Capital Markets Club

The TCU Capital Markets Club is a recognized student organization for graduate business students at the Neeley School of Business who are interested in corporate finance, investments, private equity, real estate, venture capital, and alternative investments. The purpose of the Capital Markets Club is to improve its member’s knowledge, opportunities, and network within the world of finance.

Case Competitions

At TCU, MBAs have the opportunity to participate in case competitions. Competitors take the role of developers who report on one of three given scenarios, and a panel of 10 real estate executives from some of the top real estate firms judge the teams’ solutions. Greg Fuller, president of NAIOP North Texas, said that the event’s goal is to bring the North Texas real estate community closer to the Universities’ real estate centers. “This competition has been a huge success as the teams attempt to solve real-world commercial real estate challenges and present their solutions,” he said. The TCU MBAs have won multiple times and were rated in the Top 15 of America’s “most competitive students” by The Princeton Review.


Internships are an important part of the academic experience for many university students, providing a great opportunity to develop career experience and build your resume. It allows you to explore various professional interests and network with real estate employers in the process. The Neeley School’s Alcon Career Center works year-round to help undergraduate and graduate students enhance their marketability to secure internships and full-time offers.

Career Fairs

2023 TCU Real Estate Career Fair

The 2023 TCU Real Estate Career Fair

The TCU Real Estate Club regularly hosts career fairs. These fairs present a good opportunity for students to not only network with career professionals but also to find potential internships. These fairs also feature dozens of established real estate institutions ever year for students to meet.

Real Estate Course Offerings at TCU

Real Estate Principles: Introduction to real estate principles and practices, activities of real estate brokers and operators, transfer of real property and real estate securities, essential of real estate law, practices incidental to ownership and control of real property.

Professor: Leslie Purvis, Shane Benner, Kristen Lusk Smith

Real Estate Valuation: Theory, methods and principles of valuation; cost, market, and income approaches to value; the appraisal process applied both to residential and commercial property. Final project on highest and best use analysis of a commercial real estate property.

Professor: Jonathan Dombrow

Real Estate Finance and Investment Analysis: Fundamentals of real estate finance, specifically, investment value based on the present value of expected cash flows. Includes computer applications, the current income tax laws for real estate, mortgage law, sources of real estate credit including primary and secondary markets, government programs, and mortgage loan underwriting.

Professor: James Hill

Financial Modeling: The objective of this course is to increase students’ ability to formulate and solve real-world financial problems using standard tools from the financial industry, particularly Excel and VBA.

Professor: Grant Farnsworth

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About the Author: Kiana Nemati is a senior Finance and Marketing major from Dallas, TX. In 2022, she became an officer for the TCU Real Estate Club and interned for a multi-billion-dollar private investment firm in Fort Worth, all while maintaining multiple semesters on the Dean’s List. During the summer of 2023, Kiana embarked on an enriching internship experience with the Capital Markets Debt and Equity team at JLL in Denver, Colorado. There, she gained experience performing comprehensive financial analysis and underwriting of commercial properties, utilizing market research and current economic trends to support financing and lender recommendations. In her current role as President of the Real Estate Club, Kiana’s primary objective is to bridge the gap between classroom instruction and the dynamic DFW real estate market, diligently planning events to increase networking opportunities, skill development, and professional success for members.

2020 Author:

About the Author: After being accepted to Texas Christian University with scholarships, Trevor Short gained his first two professional internships the summer proceeding freshman year. Balancing a demanding workweek, he gained experience in operational management of a non-profit business focused on providing housing for less fortunate communities across the globe. At the same time, he worked with a boutique marketing and advertising firm focused on full-service relationships with high-end clients.

In 2019 he became an officer for the TCU Real Estate Club and an Intern for the TCU Real Estate Department while maintaining multiple 4.0 academic semesters. In the summer of 2020, Trevor worked as an intern for the investment sales team of Northmarq Capital in Scottsdale, Arizona. There he gained experience in multifamily brokerage and continued to develop skills and expertise in client advisory and brokerage services for private clients. This year as a junior, he is the president of the TCU real estate club and looking at how to leverage the newfound effects of a pandemic to greater propel the club and its members to succeed in the world of real estate.