Do I need to have a specific major to be eligible for the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program?
You need to declare Pre-Business as your major, and be prepared to meet Entering Neeley requirements by May of sophomore year.
Can I apply if I am a freshman but have sophomore hours?
Yes, you can apply. However, your anticipated graduation date should still be either December 2020 or May 2023 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 to remain in the program.
May I apply to both Neeley Leaders and Neeley Fellows?
Students are allowed to apply to only one premier program. Attending Information Sessions is the best way to determine the program that best matches your interests.
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.
What do I get when I finish the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program?
The prestigious designation of leadership emphasis will be added to your Neeley major/degree. 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.
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 2 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.
Will I be provided with my own leadership mentor?
Yes, during the spring of your junior year, you will be matched with your leadership mentor. This mentor 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.
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 are two travel programs required during your junior year in which airfare, meals and incidental expenses will be your responsibility. Students are encouraged to budget $6,000.
Are all Leaders selected for the Leadership Adventure Trips?
Leadership Adventure Trips are being piloted Summer 2020. If successful, the program will add a trip each year to a maximum of five trips. Two Neeley Leaders will be selected to plan and lead each trip. NLP members are allowed to register for the trip even if they are not chosen to lead it.