Real Estate Concentration

The Department of Finance and Real Estate is committed to bringing you a cutting-edge education in real estate. It values strong connections to the community and offers excellent opportunities to become involved with local business.

Program Curriculum

Students who choose a real estate concentration must take at least 24 credits of real estate-specific courses in addition to the University and College of Business courses. Take a look at the real estate concentration curriculum (PDF).

What Do Professionals in Real Estate Do?

Real estate is the largest industry in the world. It takes large sums of money (representing 50% of world wealth) and can have high risks. The real estate profession has expanded and offers one of the widest career selections in the business world today. Real estate is a multi-disciplinary profession that coordinates architecture, construction, law, finance, marketing, property management, and urban dynamics. Professionals help find, provide and manage space for people who need a place to work, sleep, shop, eat, and play. Real estate professionals are typically goal-oriented, persevering, self-motivated, ambitious, people-oriented, and have an entrepreneurial drive. They must be creative but also need to be able to research, analyze, negotiate, plan, market and pay attention to details. No two projects or investments are ever the same. The rewards of a real estate career are a potential for high earnings, status in the community, independence, flexibility, an opportunity to help people, intellectual challenge and the satisfaction from those accomplishments.

Potential Careers in Real Estate

  • Appraiser (with licensure)
  • Architect Broker (with licensure)
  • Building Inspector Consultant
  • Contractor
  • Developer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Escrow Officer
  • Facilities Manager
  • Home Inspector
  • Investment Banker
  • Investment Manager
  • Investor
  • Land Planner
  • Loan Analyst
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Property Manager
  • Rehabilitator
  • Surveyor
  • Title Officer
  • Urban Economist

Common Characteristics of Successful Real Estate Students and Professionals

  • Detail-oriented and enjoys problem solving
  • Strong quantitative abilities
  • Comfortable working with structure and regulations
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong analytic and planning skills
  • Ability to communicate complex info to non-technical audiences
  • Manages time well and meets deadlines
  • Keeps delicate and classified information strictly confidential
  • Understands and enjoys working with technology
  • Understands how all functions of business are related

Contact Us And More Information

Department of Finance & Real Estate
333 Rockwell Hall
(970) 491-0610
Chair: Dr. Vickie Bajtelsmit

Everitt Real Estate Center
(970) 491-5522
Office location:
638 S. Sherwood St
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Mailing address:
1272 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1272

Academic Advising
178 Rockwell Hall
(970) 491-5103
Call to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Career Management Center
210 Rockwell West
(970) 491-1540

Online Resources

Tips for Researching Real Estate Occupations

  • Shadow a Real Estate professional for a day
  • Search the web for job profiles and position descriptions
  • Talk to alumni of the Real Estate program
  • Take an online assessment (see the Career Center website)
  • Talk with a career counselor
  • Get involved with the Real Estate Club

Information Regarding Licensure to Sell Real Estate in Colorado

While not required, graduates of the real estate curriculum are encouraged to seek out a Colorado Contracts course before taking the licensure exam. More information about licensure requirements can be found at or by contacting the Colorado Real Estate Commission (Education and Licensing Section) at (303) 894-2166, 1900 Grant Street, Suite 600, Denver, CO 80203. The Center for Real Estate also offers a real estate exam preparation course at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Internship Coordinator

Richard Button
317 Rockwell Hall
(970) 491-5294
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