There is an incredible laboratory for studying real estate,
particularly mixed-use urban projects, right outside the classroom
doors. In fact, the College of Charleston just approved a freshman
experience course entitled, The Wonderful World of Real Estate
According to King Street. The intent of the course is to explore all
aspects of real estate; from high end retail to infill development
projects, all can be found just a stone’s throw away. The course will
be taught by a combination of faculty and real estate professionals
in the Charleston community. It will be targeted to freshmen
students so they can begin their study of real estate from day one.
Over the last decade, undergraduate real estate education has
undergone key changes that have made programs much more
relevant to the business community. There are several trends
that can be found in many of the top real estate programs today
that have been designed to help the real estate students be better
prepared for their new careers, including professional development
opportunities and training in the most current technology.
Many programs have events that give students direct engagement
with the professional community. These programs are not only
helping students network, they are
helping students learn what it is like to
work in a professional environment. The
College of Charleston sends students on
field trips to learn about the real estate
industry, including trips to Atlanta to
meet with companies like Cushman and
Wakefield, North American Properties,
and the Georgia Power Company. Students
also attended trips to master planned
developments by Meadwest Vaco who are
designing the communities of our future.
College of Charleston Real Estate students
gather at the Angel Oak tree in historic
Charleston. More than 500 years old, the
tree symbolizes the perseverance that is
needed in today's business community.
Pictured (Left to Right): Justin Cirello, Lucy
McRae, James Stanton, Connor Barrett,
Naomie Olindo, and Rodney Goodwin.