The persistence and dedication of alumni who recognized the industry’s need for broadly trained graduates led to the hard work and commitment of Virginia Tech’s administration to make an innovative and interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in real estate.
Now a reality, the program transcends traditional college boundaries as a comprehensive program that is a partnership among six colleges – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Pamplin College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and College of Natural Resources and Environment.
This trail-blazing program will give students the diverse education they need to understand the real estate industry’s complexities while advancing the field. Graduates will be able to hit the ground running.
Please join us in building on the progress we have made by considering a donation or pledge of support. Your gift will help advance the mission of this program and encourage students to engage in life-long learning.
If you wish to make a gift, please contact me at 540-231-5885.
Nancy P. Strosnider
“In the Washington, D.C. region alone, tens of thousands of people are employed in real estate. The region is comprised of 465 million square feet of office buildings, 72 million square feet of retail properties, and 402,000 residential rental units and is expected to grow. The developing, operating, leasing, financing, and selling of these assets requires a broad skill set and some level of specialized training. The Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate will provide new graduates the required skill set and an increased network when entering today’s employment market.”
Collins Ege, Managing Director, Eastdil Secured
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“I support the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate because I believe that general exposure to all of the disciplines involved in the commercial real estate industry gives individuals a head-start in the business and will be of great value to a prospective employer.”
William R. Elliott, Managing Partner, Medalist Properties
Nancy P. Strosnider
Director of Development for Undergraduate Education
540-231-5885 or 800-533-1144
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