UNI’s program is the only real estate program in Iowa leading to a bachelor’s degree providing a strong tie to the real estate industry. The real estate industry is a key component of economic development in both rural and urban communities in Iowa. UNI Business offers the only Bachelor of Arts degree in real estate in the state of Iowa. The extensive program prepares students for careers in the many disciplines within real estate, both commercial and residential, including brokerage, property management, valuation, mortgage underwriting, mortgage servicing and asset management. Graduates play a significant role as lenders, brokers, developers, appraisers, property managers or attorneys.
The value of this program and the strength of its graduates do not go unnoticed; UNI Business real estate majors experience 100 percent job placement before graduation. UNI real estate curriculum has been approved by several licensing authorities and industry organizations. UNI is one of the very few select programs to have earned these approvals. These approvals streamline the process and reduce the expense of becoming licensed or certified, or obtaining these premier professional designations.
The Iowa Legislature created this program at UNI in 1989 (Iowa Code Chapter 268) to provide education, research, and outreach regarding real estate and the real estate industry. There remains an ongoing need to provide real estate education in the state of Iowa. The UNI Business real estate program ranks No. 12 among the top 30 best universities for real estate studies, according to rentapplication.com.
UNI's program connects academic learning with the actual application of those principles to real-world problems. Students aren't being trained in real estate, rather they are gaining an education where they develop the skills required in today's complex real estate industry.
Additional information can be found on the following websites: http://www.uni.edu/realestate/ and https://business.uni.edu/undergraduate/real-estate
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