A premier leadership experience.

A place to be vulnerable. A challenge to find the real you. An opportunity to learn with classmates and professors deeply committed to you and your development. That's what makes our program stand out.

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Our leadership program is different.

One of a Kind

Finding the right university can be strenuous. Forget the stress of choosing extracurricular activities to complement a major or set oneself apart. The BNSF Neeley Leadership Program is a carefully crafted combination of curricular and co-curricular activities that does the work for you. Our faculty experts and dedicated staff regularly update and refresh the program to provide the most comprehensive and personalized undergraduate leadership development experience you will find.

Unrivaled Curriculum.
With five courses, we are able to go far beyond what is offered by other leadership programs. By the time our students get to senior year they are taking coursework typically found in MBA programs.

Fully Integrated Co-Curricular Activities
We pair coursework with intentionally timed co-curricular activities designed to maximize the learning experience. Students will be required to go through an assessment center and career coaching, and will participate in labs, retreats, service activities, internships, speaker series, and travel experiences to Chicago and London/Scotland.

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Personalized Learning
Through generous funding from BNSF and TCU Neeley, we are able to dedicate faculty and staff to offering personalized feedback and mentoring that draws out the very best from our students. 

World-Class Faculty 
Our faculty are among the top leadership researchers and teachers in the world. Faculty publish books and top journal articles, lead cutting edge research, deliver executive education, travel to present at conferences, universities and organizations around the world, and engage in leadership development both nationally and internationally. 

Leadership Model

A Strong Foundation. Students take 5 courses that start with deep personal reflection and self-awareness, move on to learning how to build relationships based on communication and awareness of others, and then apply their learning to teams and organizations. By the time they graduate, our students have not only a solid foundation in advanced principles of leadership, but the knowledge and experience to know how to apply them.
Hands-On Learning. The Neeley Leadership Program couples conceptual knowledge with hands-on learning. Our curriculum includes experiential exercises and intensive practicums that take learning beyond the classroom. Students engage in weekly labs that allow them to hear from experts in their fields and grow their professional skills. Through impact projects, Neeley Leaders experience the challenges of leadership in teams and organizations firsthand.
Advanced Skill Development. Our students not only talk about leadership, they do it—and learn a lot about themselves and others in the process. Our students are leaders on campus, in the community and in their internship groups. They are also entrepreneurs. Throughout their experiences they develop strong self-awareness and awareness of others, become skilled communicators, and learn how to engage the power of networks and relationships to become persuasive and influential leaders in organizations.
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Friends in learning and for life.

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You will go through the program with 30 or so peers. Together, your cohort will share experiences that create deep and lasting friendships. What makes our cohorts so special is that it’s not about competition—it’s about learning. Engaging, reflecting and sharing with your peers will allow you to grow and build confidence in ways you would never have imagined possible.


Application Requirements

Do I need to have a specific major to be eligible for the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program?
You need to have declared Pre-Business as your major. If you are not pursuing a pre-business major, we encourage you to investigate the Leadership in Psychology Program and the programs in the TCU Leadership Center.

Can I apply if I am a freshman but have sophomore hours?
Yes, you can apply. However, your anticipated graduation date should still be Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 since the program is a three-year commitment.

Do I need to be accepted into the Neeley School of Business before applying?
No, but you must apply and be accepted into the Neeley School at the appropriate time. 

How will the required Leadership Courses count toward my degree requirements?
You are required to take 15 hours of specialized leadership courses within the program. We recommend that you schedule a meeting with your advisor to ensure you can still graduate on time if the Neeley Leadership classes are added to your schedule. 

Are there any prerequisites for the courses?
You must be admitted to the program and take the classes in sequential order.

Does the BNSF NLP place me in an internship?
The Neeley Leadership program does not provide you with an internship. However, the program does provide you with many resources to utilize in your internship search. Additionally, the Alcon Career Center will assist in your search.

Will I be provided with my own leadership coach?
Yes, during the spring of your junior year, you will be matched with your leadership coach. This coach will be a great asset in your leadership development, provide you with insight into their own career and leadership path, give feedback on your leadership development plan and will be able to answer your questions during your internship and full-time job searches.

Do I have to participate in all of the program activities to complete the Program?
Yes, you must participate in all program activities. Please peruse the rest of the website to see examples of programmatic activities.

What do I get when I finish the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program?
You will gain knowledge and skills acquired from the opportunities to practice your leadership in a safe environment before entering the workforce. You will also be highlighted by the Neeley School as top-quality candidates to employers and recruiters visiting TCU through a Leadership Program résumé book.

A special ceremony will commemorate your completion of the program. You will be acknowledged and rewarded with a Leadership Program Certificate. Parents, donors, and administrators will be invited to the event. Participation in the program will appear on your transcript and you will receive a special medallion to use at graduation.

Are there any extra fees associated with being involved in the Leadership Program?
Due to the generous support of TCU and BNSF, the majority of costs are covered for participants at a programmatic level. With that in mind, you must pay tuition and fees for the academic courses within the program and there is a study abroad fee requirement during the summer of your junior year.

Can I be considered for the Program if I have plans to study abroad during the next 2 years?
Because you will move through the leadership courses with your cohort, you must be at TCU during the fall and spring semesters during your three-year commitment to the program. However, we highly encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad as they will advance your skill sets, provide you with a larger scope of knowledge for business and leadership and allow you to immerse into another culture. As such, if you are accepted into the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program, you would need to choose a study abroad experience that takes place during the summer, winter or Spring Break session. Additionally, the Neeley Leadership students are required to study abroad for approximately 1.5 weeks in London and Scotland as a cohort as part of the required curriculum of the program. This trip is partially subsidized; however, it is an additional expense for students.