Experiential Learning Opportunities


Villanova Real Estate Challenge

A national real estate development case competition for students from the top undergraduate real estate programs. The Challenge gathers 16 teams comprised 4 student each. The case will be a development project which incorporates all aspects of development from financing to design. April 5-6, 2018

Cornell Real Estate Competition

Each year, the Center for Real Estate and Finance hosts the Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition. The event attracts a global array of students who engage in an intensive five-day competition in which they are tasked to analyze an actual commercial real estate transaction, render a recommendation, and provide a presentation. The teams are judged on their investment recommendations, approach to the problems, and presentation skills. 

NAIOP Competition

NAIOP Commerical Real Estate Development Associate New Jersey Chapter hots the CRE Intercollegiate Case Study Competition. Teams from universities present their designs for the redevelopment of a site in Trenton to a panel of judges.
Villanova took 1st place in 2017 at NAIOP!

University of Maryland Colvin Case Study Challenge

The Colvin Case Study Challenge is a national real estate case study competition for full or part‐ time students enrolled in a college or university real estate program (undergraduate or  graduate). The Challenge is to document a recent innovative real estate project within the  team’s metropolitan region. Unlike many other case competitions, this is a post‐development  report and documentation of a recently completed project (or project phase). The Challenge is  designed to hone professional skills and reveal the knowledge base and understanding of  markets, project valuation, finance, urban design and sustainability, entitlement processes and  operational issues. 

MIT Case Competition

The CASE is an annual real estate competition that provides current graduate student teams an opportunity to compete, showcase their knowledge, and learn from each other through the analysis of a complex real world development site.  The CASE is organized and hosted by the Alumni Association of the MIT Center for Real Estate (AACRE).

Unlike other competitions, The Case focuses on real estate acquisition and development underwriting at the asset level.  The competition mimics the professional circumstances and assignments that students of real estate finance, construction, planning, and design will encounter in the formal development industry after graduation.


New York City Trek- January

Students travel to New York City for a full day of touring real estate companies and projects. Hosted by various alumni, students get an inside look into day to day experiences of real estate professionals. Past hosts have included Pearson Partners, PGIM, Blackstone and more.

Philadelphia Trek- April

The DiLella Center for Real Estate takes students to local downtown Philadelphia to tour current projects. Past tours have included the FMC Tower with Brandywine Realty Trust and 1919 Market with LCOR.