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.

  • ULI Hines Competition

    The ULI D. Hines Competition is one of the most prestigious real estate case competitions in the world. The Center partners with ULI Columbus and the Knowlton School of Architecture to provide our teams with professional mentors as well as opportunities to learn and receive feedback on their work. Recruitment for the ULI competition takes place in the fall semester, with the competition taking place first few weeks of January. The teams are composed of 5 students representing at least three disciplines, including business, urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy and others. The teams work with their industry mentors over the period of two weeks on formulating their proposals. One of our Ohio State teams earned an honorable mention at the 2014 competition. For more information, please contact Mary Beth McCormick at

  • 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 Ohio State University team placed third in 2014. For more information, please contact Mary Beth McCormick at

  • USC International Real Estate Competition

    The USC Marshall School of Business International Case Competition is open to colleges and universities with undergraduate business real estate programs. The competition is held on campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in April. Participating teams are composed of 4-6 students and compete for cash prizes in oral and written presentations that address a real-world real estate problem. Recruitment for the case competition team begins in January to enable students to apply for university funding in support of their participation. For more information, please contact Mary Beth McCormick at

  • NAIOP Case Competition

    The Center for Real Estate has partnered with the Central Ohio chapter of NAIOP to organize an internal case competition for undegraduate students at Ohio State. The teams made up of 3-5 students are asked to prepare a development proposal for a specific parcel in Columbus and present their project in front of a panel of judges made up of executives from the real estate industry. The inaugural 2016 NAIOP Case Competition tasked students with creating a proposal for the intersection of 15th and High. The five teams of 20 students competed for cash prizes of $4000 and an opportunity to present their proposal to Campus Partners.

    2016 Case Competition Slide Show

  • DDR Case Competition

    DDR is a real estate investment trust that owns and manages a portfolio of value-oriented shopping centers located in top markets across the United States. In 2015 DDR initiated an annual case competition at four colleges across Ohio and New York, asking teams of 2-3 students to answer one of three research questions. The case competition consists of two rounds - in the first round teams from each university compete against each other, in the second round winners from each university are brought to Cleveland to DDR headquarters to compete in front of executives from DDR. Students compete for $5000 in cash prizes.