John Clapp

Real Estate Program Ranks in Top 10 Nationwide

In keeping with a long-held tradition, the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies at the University of Connecticut has been recognized as one of the Top 10 programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The real estate program was listed as number 9 in the nation in the “2015 Best Colleges” report. It has been in the Top 10 for more than 15 years, said Director John Glascock.

“We have a very good team of professors and it has been that way for decades,” he said. Current faculty includes John Clapp, Ph.D., a professor of finance and real estate, who is considered one of the top researchers in his field worldwide. In addition, Professor John Harding, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of industry experience in financial services, including working as senior vice president of planning and research at both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The real estate program boasts full job placement in top corporate real estate firms in Hartford, Boston and New York, Glascock said. With active alumni in firms including JP Morgan, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, TIAA-CREF and UBS Global Real Estate, to name a few, the opportunities for internships and networking are many, he said.

UConn real estate students are particularly hard-working, Glascock noted. In national competitions, judges have remarked about the UConn students’ willingness to put in extra hours, as well as their ability to uncover detailed data errors that students from other colleges missed, he said.

In addition to its student training, the Center provides services to Connecticut’s real estate professionals and to the Department of Consumer Protection.

In the same publication, UConn’s undergraduate business program ranked 31 among public universities nationally, and 51 overall.