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​Real Estate Competitions

Solve real-world real estate challenges.

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate encourages graduate and undergraduate students to participate in local and international real estate-related competitions. It's a great way to put theory into practice, build upon your existing skills and deepen your relationships with your cohort and faculty.

USD teams have been quite successful in these competitions. As a result of winning multiple first-place finishes in the international ARGUS University Challenge, our master's in real estate program has received increasing national recognition—and MSRE students continue to excel in this competition.

Graduate competitions

We invite all graduate real estate students to participate in two industry-renowned competitions every year: the ULI Student Competition and the ARGUS University Challenge.

In the ULI Student Competition, teams of real estate students and architectural students from San Diego universities compete for the best land development idea. Based on the same parcel of land, each team decides the highest use, development plan, financial analysis and architectural and design elements. One lucky team will be picked by a panel of industry experts.

The ARGUS University Challenge is one of our favorite and most successful competitions. This challenge brings together student teams from universities around the world to simulate a comprehensive real-life development analysis of a fictitious commercial real estate project. Submissions are judged by a panel of industry and academic professionals and the winning teams receive cash prizes.

In the seven years the competition has been held, the USD School of Business team has taken first place on five occasions and second place on two occasions. (We're quite proud of our students.)

The ARGUS University Challenge results

Year Winner Second place Third place
2016 University of San Diego MIT Louisiana State University
2015 University of San Diego University of New Brunswick Florida International University
2014 University of San Diego University of Pennsylvania York University
2013 York University University of San Diego Florida International University
2012 York University University of San Diego New York University
2011 University of San Diego Emory University University of North Carolina
2009 University of San Diego Arizona State University
and Baruch College
University of Colorado
and University of North Carolina

Undergraduate competitions

USD undergraduate real estate students are invited to take part in two case competitions: the USC International Real Estate Case Competition and the NAIOP University Challenge. The USC Competition asks students to address a real-world real estate problem posed by leading practitioners in the real estate industry. The cases are judged by top real estate leaders in Southern California and beyond.

The NAIOP University Challenge brings together teams from three local universities to compete head-to-head to propose the highest and best use of a piece of land in San Diego County. The Challenge is based on three areas: a written proposal, a 30 minute Q&A session before a panel of judges from the real estate industry and an oral presentation before NAIOP members, guests and a panel of industry judges.