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"What I enjoy most about the Program in Real Estate is how closely knit students and staff are. The staff really seems to care about the students' success and involvement in the program. I have gotten to know multiple staff members in the program very well and I know they genuinely are concerned with my individual progress. I chose Real Estate because I was intrigued by the vast opportunity there was within the industry, as well as how much it entails working with other people." 

-Danielle Ferrari, Class of 2020

We invite prospective students and their families to visit campus and register for an information session and campus tour with University Admissions. Families unable to visit in the summer are encouraged to attend Open House

After registering, please make an appointment with our academic advisor Jenene Belcher to talk about the real estate major and possibly schedule a time to observe a class. 

Students interested in transferring into the real estate major or double majoring in real estate should contact Jenene Belcher to schedule advising appointments during Summer Orientation.

The Blackwood Program in Real Estate is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary academic program that transcends traditional college boundaries, while building on existing strengths in six colleges. 

Real estate professionals make a difference in people’s everyday lives by overseeing the design, construction, and renovation of the spaces where people live, work, and play. Entering the real estate field opens opportunities for personal and professional growth. It is a fast-paced, ever-changing environment that rewards effort and ambition.

Our innovative, interdisciplinary real estate major offers students the opportunity to double major, minor, or develop a concentration so they can learn about the broad field of real estate and specialize in a field of interest. Whether a student is interested in sustainable development, designing urban affordable housing, or increasing the bottom line, we want to help our students incorporate their passions into their career.

In addition to learning from Virginia Tech faculty, our students gain practical experience through a university-industry partnership where real estate professionals give class presentations, mentor students, and provide internship opportunities.

Visit Admissions and Aid to learn more about undergraduate admissions, scholarships, financial aid, tuition and fees, and paying for school.

Students in the Blackwood Program in Real Estate are paired with an Academic Advisor upon entering the program. The Academic Advisor works with students to develop a plan of study to accomplish their educational goals, in addition to exploring curricular and extracurricular interests. The Academic Advisor introduces students to faculty members and industry partners who specialize in their field(s) of interest to provide additional career advising and mentoring.

Virginia Tech’s advising definition and philosophy

Did you know there are many career opportunities in real estate in addition to being a real estate agent or broker? Visit our Employment and Internships page to find out about career paths in real estate.

Visit our Academic Offerings page for more information about the Real Estate curriculum. Here you will find the courses required to graduate, sample plans of study, and common double majors and minors. Many Real Estate students take advantage of the program’s flexibility by earning a double major, which enables them to specialize in an area of interest within the broad field of Real Estate.

Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to find out what is required for applicants. 

Most real estate students choose to double major. Students must either select a major or declare themselves undecided at the time they submit an application for admission. Students who declare a major will be required to list a second-choice major as well. Applicants are admitted to only one major. Students who wish to change to another major after submitting an application should notify the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at

Once enrolled, students may declare a double major by meeting with their Academic Advisor and completing a Change of Major/Minor form. While Real Estate is not a restricted major, students wanting to double major in Real Estate and a restricted major must apply and be accepted to the second major. Visit our Academic Offerings page for common double majors and sample plans of study. Contact Samantha Sproviero for further information.

Visit our Contact Us page for directions to Virginia Tech and the Program in Real Estate.

A minor is a group of courses, fewer than the number required for a major, for students to take who wish to develop expertise or pursue an interest in some subject in addition to their major. Each department that offers a minor specifies the courses required for the minor. For most minors, the required courses are listed in the catalog, though for some you would need to consult with the department in question or your advisor.

Virginia Tech offers students many opportunities to study abroad. Students should discuss their plans with your Academic Advisor(s) as early as possible and visit Virginia Tech’s Education Abroad website for further information.

Check the Transfer Guide from the Office of the University Registrar for transfer course equivalents. Contact Jenene Belcher for further information.

Visit our Employment and Internships page to find out about career paths for Real Estate majors.

Advanced placement courses in Math, Science, English, and Foreign Languages are the best preparatory courses. These classes show dedication to one’s learning and are the best preparation for taking the SAT exam

The Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE) is a vital component of undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, and required for every undergraduate student. To access additional information, please review the Curriculum for Liberal Education Guides

Visit Admissions and Aid to learn more about undergraduate admissions, scholarships, financial aid, tuition and fees, and paying for school.

“I chose to go into Real Estate because I found it to be a good opportunity. I chose Virginia Tech because I love being a Hokie. I love the fact that I could be anywhere, see someone in a Virginia Tech shirt, and instantly walk up to them and bond over our common love for maroon and orange. Being a Hokie makes this huge, complicated world seem a little smaller and more personal.”

Claire Park, ’17
Real Estate

“I believe that general exposure to all of the disciplines involved in the commercial real estate industry would give an individual a head-start in the business and would be of great value to a prospective employer.”

Bill Elliott
Co-President, Medalist Fund Manager, Inc.