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Real Estate

Maximizing return on investment and minimizing exposure to risk are applicable financial phrases in almost every industry. Real estate is no exception. In fact, real estate has been one of the best performing asset classes in the past 30 years, based on its risk-return characteristics. There are more than 1.5 million real estate professionals employed in the United States, and there is a growing demand for more professionals with specialized skills in development, appraisal, real estate valuation, investments, mortgage securitization, capital markets, market research and real estate asset and portfolio management. 

Choices in Courses and Careers
Our real estate major focuses on the managerial and financial perspective of real estate. Curriculum and practical experiences are designed to help students learn to analyze and understand local tax laws, zoning regulations, contracts, real estate valuation, real estate finance and capital markets, real estate portfolio management and much more. The program emphasizes developing an understanding of real estate fundamentals and the capacity to put that knowledge to work in a changing business environment. 

Clubs and Connections
The Real Estate Club provides a forum for students to learn more about the industry through dynamic discussions, guest speakers and site visits. These opportunities expand your base of knowledge and introduce you to additional resources through programming and events. A myriad of networking and learning opportunities, such as seminars and panel discussions, are exponentially valuable both in preparing you for the responsibilities of a career in real estate and in making career connections. 

Real-World Readiness
The Kuhn Real Estate Center is committed to improving the quality curriculum offered through hands-on learning and real-world observations, as well as participation in industry research and seminars. Such opportunities include a required internship, expert speakers, courses co-taught by professors and industry executives, a one-week real estate course taught in New York City every year and a real estate symposium to explore the latest trends. Additionally, the mentoring and networking opportunities with accomplished alumni, including many who serve on the Whitman Real Estate Advisory Board, are invaluable when it comes time to distinguish yourself before potential employers.

Here is a sampling of the kinds of internships and jobs our real estate majors have had:

Fetner Properties Inc. – Acquisitions & Development Summer Analyst
Related Companies – Summer Analyst
Chatham Financial – Summer Analyst, Debt and Derivatives Valuation

Cleeman Realty Group LLC – Associate
Largo Capital Inc. – Commercial Real Estate Analyst
Cushman & Wakefield – GOS PREP Associate