Center for Real Estate
Case Competitions

Case competitions are an integral part of real estate education as they offer students an opportunity to test their ability to develop innovative solutions to complex real estate case studies designed to simulate actual industry environment. Student teams consist of typically four to six students and compete against others in developing real estate proposals and presenting them to a panel of judges. Case competitions give student unprecedented opportunity to build their social and professional networks, while gaining invaluable resume-building experience.

Our students compete annually in several real estate case competitions on the graduate and undergraduate level. The Center provides students with financial support for case competitions taking place out-of-state as well as learning opportunities to enhance their skills prior to competing.

  • NAIOP Case Competition

    Each year, the Center partners with Central Ohio NAIOP to put together a case competition to provide our students with an opportunity to compete locally and gain experience for external case competitions. In 2019, we had four teams of five students, each including four students from the Fisher College of Business and one from the Knowlton School of Architecture, in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the real estate industry. The teams developed proposals for the former Graham Ford site on West Broad Street. Each team was paired with a local senior real estate professional who served as a mentor, and the teams were provided with other resources, including a learning session on market analysis and financial modeling, access to CoStar, and contact information for market experts. The students produced impressive presentations, and the top team received a cash prize of $4,000. The Center would like to thank NAIOP Central Ohio and CoStar for making this opportunity possible for our students.


  • ULI Hines Competition

    For the past ten years, the Ohio State Center for Real Estate has collaborated with the Knowlton School of Architecture and the Columbus chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to organize and support graduate student teams from Ohio State in the national ULI Hines Competition. The 17th annual ULI Hines Student Competition challenged students to create a comprehensive development proposal for an area in Cincinnati, Ohio, comprising portions of a highway, the central business district, and the central riverfront along the Ohio River. Ohio State’s team proposal was recognized by the jury as an “Honorable Mention” for their detailed focus on Second Street, which dealt well with the significant problem of traffic and built on the entertainment district. The jury also recognized the outside-thebox graphic design

  • Villanova Real Estate Challenge

    The annual Villanova Real Estate Challenge for undergraduate students is organized by the the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University. The teams consist of four undergraduate business students as this case competition is geared toward the financial aspect of real estate. Recruitment for the case competition team begins in January to enable students to apply for university funding in support of their participation. 

    The 2019 Mulroy Real Estate Challenge at Villanova University offered our team of students the opportunity to compete in a remote, fastpaced case competition centered on the financial analysis, project feasibility, and design of a site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Competition

    The Center sponsored a team of four students who competed against teams from across Canada and the United States to propose a redevelopment plan along with a bid price for a brownfield site at 405 Eastern Ave, Toronto. Students were given six weeks to work through a comprehensive development that had to incorporate legal, physical, and financial analysis as well as creativity to address a redevelopment plan that would maximize the bid for the site. Congrats to the team for earning the “Best Market Analysis” award.

  • ICSC & Cornell International Real Estate Case

    Four students from the Fisher College of Business were selected to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the ICSC & Cornell International Retail Real Estate Case Competition. A dozen teams from universities in the United States, Canada, and Australia were tasked with putting together proposals to bring a retail real estate property to life. This competition allowed our students to put the knowledge and skills they’ve learned in the classroom to practice.