Who We Want

We’re looking for growth-minded students with a desire to lead themselves, teams and organizations. Neeley Leaders thrive on continuous feedback, coaching and development. They are undergraduate business students who are excited to engage with world-class faculty and ready to put leadership theory into practice.


  • TCU Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.2 along with a strong academic and work ethic.
  • Desire and ability to grow your leadership skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with others, including peers, faculty and staff.
  • A willingness to give and receive feedback, and to be coached.
  • Solid written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Commitment to contributing to a positive and enriching cohort experience.


Application Process

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Our selection process is highly rigorous. Only 1 in 4 applicants are accepted. Final selections are based on the criteria listed above plus assessment of fit with the program and overall strength of the application. Selected applicants will be notified by early June 2022.


Application Calendar


Lunch | Learn | Lead
Friday, November 5

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (virtual)
Career management webinar with NLP alumni
Password: 792030

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Fall Open Lab
Monday, November 8

5:30 - 6:20 p.m.
Shaddock Auditorium

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Cookies and Cocoa with NLP
Monday, December 6

5:30 - 6:20 p.m.
BLUU Ballroom

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Spring Information Session
Tuesday, February 1

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center

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Application Opens
Tuesday, February 15

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We Love NLP
Wednesday, February 16

1:00-2:00 p.m.
BLUU First Floor
Open to all prospective students


Application Workshop
Sunday, February 20

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
NEEL 2303/2305

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Spring Open Lab
Tuesday, March 15

5:00-5:50 p.m.
Neeley 2303/2305
Open to all prospective students
Click here to RSVP - Required


Application Closes
Friday, March 18


Interview Day
Friday, April 22

By invitation only

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Selection Decisions Announced
Friday, June 3


You must have declared pre-business as your major.


Yes. However, your anticipated graduation date should still coincide with your classmates since this is a three-year commitment.

No, but you must apply and be accepted into the Neeley School according to the application process in your sophomore year. Learn more about applying to the Neeley School.

The Neeley Leadership Program and Neeley Fellows are both three-year, cohort-based programs. You’re encouraged to explore both, but are only able to apply to one program.

You will take 15 hours of our specialized leadership courses. We recommend you meet with your advisor to ensure you can graduate on time if our classes are added to your schedule. 

While Neeley Leaders graduate with a leadership designation added to their Neeley major/degree, program benefits extend far beyond a designation. You will develop leadership skills and business acumen that place you in the top of TCU’s graduates. Neeley Leaders are also highlighted as top-quality candidates to employers and recruiters through our résumé book. Most importantly, you are joining a lifelong network of Neeley Leader alumni all over the world.

Yes, you must participate in all program activities. 

Students are required to pay additional program fees for certain experiences including study abroad. Students receive specific information prior to activities with associated fees and scholarships may be available.

Since you will move through the leadership courses with your cohort, you will need to choose a study abroad experience that takes place during the summer, winter break or spring break. Remember, Neeley Leaders study abroad in London and Scotland as a cohort as part of the required curriculum. This trip is partially subsidized.