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

The application process will open on February 8, 2021. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2021.

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 2021.


Application Calendar

Event Required Additional Information
Information Session
February 8, 2021
5:00-5:50 p.m. CST
Optional, but encouraged Please click here to access the recording of the event.
Opens February 8, 2021
Closes March 19, 2021
Required The application includes two written responses. We encourage you to review the application early and prepare your responses in advance.
Click here to complete your application.
Application Assessment
Opens February 8, 2021
Closes March 21, 2021
Required Please complete an assessment as part of the application process. Requires ~ 20-30 minutes.
Click here to complete your assessment.
Application Workshop #1
February 22, 2021
5:00-5:50 p.m. CST
Optional, but encouraged No registration required. Click here to join.
Zoom Meeting ID: 924 8250 3999
Password: 148715
Application Workshop #2
February 23, 2021
6:00-7:00 p.m. CST
Optional, but encouraged No registration required. Click here to join.
Zoom Meeting ID: 938 3848 3089
Password: 256557
Open Lab
March 1, 2021
5:00-5:50 p.m. CST
Optional, but encouraged Labs are the hallmark of the BNSF Neeley Leadership experience. Join us and participate alongside current Neeley Leaders.
Registration required. Click here to register.
Meet and Greet
Week of March 22, 2021
Various Dates and Times
Required Connect with current Neeley Leaders and hear about their experiences and what to expect during the application process. 
Registration required. Click here to register.
April 23, 2021
Required, by invitation only We will extend individual interview invitations to continuing candidates.
Selection Decisions
Early June
  We will notify candidates if selected to join the BNSF Neeley Leadership program.


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.