Who We Want

We’re looking for motivated, high achieving, dynamic students with a thirst for learning and desire to take their college experience beyond the ordinary. They are undergraduate business students who seek enhanced academics, professional development and a collaborative community of excellence.


  • Demonstrated academic achievement, leadership potential and community involvement.
  • 3.5 GPA minimum at the end of each semester of your first year at TCU.
  • Solid written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to both curricular and co-curricular components of the program until graduation.
  • Plan to graduate in May 2027 (preferred) or December 2026 as Neeley Fellows is a three-year, cohort based program.

Neeley Fellows Class of 2026 at a Glance

Students Applied
Students Accepted
Average Cumulative GPA
TCU Chancellor's Scholars

Recruiting Dates & Application Timeline

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November 2, 2023
Information Session:
BLUU Ballroom A/B
5:00 p.m.

January 29, 2024

Unpacking the Adventure: Step by Step
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(come and go)

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February 1, 2024

Application Opens

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Every Sunday,
February 4 - March 3 2024

"Chat and Ask" Office Hours
Acuff (BLUU Third Floor)
1:00-3:00 p.m.

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February 8, 2024
Information Session
5:00 p.m.

February 16, 2024

Application Help Workshop
NEEL 1520 AB
2:00-4:00 p.m.
(come and go)

March 8, 2024

Application Closes at 5:00 p.m.

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March 18 - 28, 2024

Informational Interviews with
Current Neeley Fellows

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April 12, 2024

Candidates Notified if Selected
for an Alumni Interview

April 21, 2024

Neeley Fellows Alumni Interview
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By Selection and Invitation

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May 31, 2024

Applicants Notified

Important Note for Neeley Fellows Applicants Not Currently in John V. Roach Honors College

All Neeley Fellows are expected to be members of the John V. Roach Honors College. The unique learning opportunities students receive through the Honors College complements the curricular and co-curricular mission of Neeley Fellows. If you are not currently in the Honors College and plan to apply to Neeley Fellows, you should apply to the Honors College as part of the fall 2023 and/or spring 2024 application process concurrently when applying to Neeley Fellows. Please refer to the Honors College website and our FAQ section below for additional information on the Honors College and Neeley Fellows application.

Application Process

Applications to become a member of the Neeley Fellows Class of 2027 will be accepted between February 1 and March 8, 2024 until 5:00 p.m. CST.

Neeley Fellows are chosen by a selection committee. Interviews are conducted by current students and alumni. Final selections are based on the criteria listed above, assessment of fit within the program, letter of recommendation and overall strength of the application. Selected applicants are notified in late May or early June.

Application Process

Online Application with Résumé and Cover Letter. The online portion of the application will consist of a form, résumé and cover letter; all three must be present before submitting. The Neeley Fellows Application will open on February 1, 2024.

  1. Acknowledgement of Commitment – After carefully reading the Neeley Fellows Statement of Values, Dr. Rob Rhodes Learning Mantra and program requirements, enter your digital signature to indicate your understanding and commitment to the expectations of being a Neeley Fellow, if selected.
  2. Complete the Application – Supply the requested information, attach your résumé and cover letter, and answer the short answer questions:
    1. Short Answer Questions – thoughtfully respond to the following prompts using 2000 characters or less
      1. Why are you pursuing a business education and how do you anticipate using it for personal, professional and/or community impact?
      2. The Dr. Rob Rhodes Learning Mantra provides inspiration to how our community approaches learning. Candidates will want to take the time to read the mantra linked above and view the video that explores the intent behind it before answering this question. Reflecting on the Learning Mantra and your passion for learning, provide an example that relates to one of its pillars and illustrate your love of learning.
    2. Résumé – Upload your résumé in the format shown in the template and sample résumé.
      1. Your one-page résumé should focus on where you have had the most extensive involvement that covers a breadth and variety of experiences that most impacted you during high school and college, with post high school activities being a priority. Be intentional when determining which to include with quality (over quantity) being the driving factor.
      2. Use the following file naming convention for the PDF version of your résumé: “LastName, FirstName Resume” before uploading.
    3. Cover Letter
      1. Your thoughtful, thorough one-page letter should convey to the selection committee that you have spent time researching the program, talking to its current members and thinking about your future. You are encouraged to be authentic, considering your traits and values in how you communicate who you are and why you are a good fit for Neeley Fellows.
      2. Should be addressed to: Meg Lehman, Program Director, Neeley Fellows
      3. Use the following file naming convention for the PDF version of your cover letter: “LastName, FirstName CL” before uploading.

You are encouraged to create an account when the application opens on February 1 in anticipation of submitting your Neeley Fellows application. Through creating an account and accessing the Neeley Fellows application, you will be able to submit the name and contact information of the individual who will be providing a recommendation on your behalf. In order to give that individual ample time to complete your recommendation before the March 8 deadline, you are strongly encouraged to submit the name/contact information as early as possible so they can receive the link to complete the recommendation.

Provide recommenders with a brief introduction to the Neeley Fellows program and direct them to the Neeley Fellows website for more information so that they can provide a thoughtful recommendation that speaks to your fit for Neeley Fellows.

You should reach out to the individual that you would like to submit a recommendation on your behalf prior to submitting their name and contact information confirming their willingness to do so.

Question-Based Format:
This year, we are asking your recommender to respond to a series of questions through the application platform in lieu of submitting a letter of recommendation. The questions are related to the context the recommender knows you, some of your accomplishments and your personal attributes that are related to what we are seeking in a candidate providing examples that demonstrate those attributes. Some of those attributes include academic potential, dedication/commitment, work ethic, resilience, leadership, initiative, attitude, integrity, passion for learning, team work/collaboration, growth mindset (for example, willingness to receive feedback, development oriented).

Recommender Selection:
Choose someone to submit a recommendation on your behalf that knows you well and can speak to your strengths, accomplishments and specific traits and attributes, such as high school or college teacher or counselor, employer, or community leader. Keep in mind the questions mentioned in the prior section that the recommender will be asked to answer and think about who might be best suited to thoughtfully respond to those questions on your behalf. A family member, friend, and paid independent college counselor is not a suitable recommender. A minister or spiritual leader is acceptable only if the applicant was/is involved as an employee, intern or in community service through their faith-based organization.

Approach the person whom you wish to write your recommendation at the beginning of the application process providing your recommender ample time to research the program and submit their recommendation. Deadline for Neeley Fellows to receive your letter of recommendation is March 8, 2024 and will be submitted by the recommender via the application portal. You are responsible for ensuring that your letter of recommendation is submitted by the application deadline on March 8, 2024.

If you have submitted a complete application (Parts 1 and 2 as outlined above) by 5:00 p.m. CST on March 8, 2024, you will receive an email with information regarding the next segments of the Neeley Fellows application process. 

Informational interviews will occur between March 18 and March 28, 2024. Each applicant will receive the email addresses of two current Neeley Fellows for the purpose of setting up an interview with each. Attire for these interviews is casual.

The purpose of the informational interview is:

  1. For the Neeley Fellows applicants
    • to become more knowledgeable about the program
    • to become comfortable with networking, a critical part of the program
  2. For the current Neeley Fellows
    • to have an opportunity to connect with future Neeley Fellows
    • to have an opportunity to give back to the program by actively participating in the program’s admissions process
  3. For the Neeley Fellows program
    • to receive feedback about the applicants from the current Neeley Fellows. This feedback is one of many assessments of the applicant.

These are by invitation only. Applicants will be notified on April 12, 2024 if they will be moving forward in the application process and participating in these interviews.

  1. These interviews will occur on Sunday, April 21, 2024. While the interviews will be conducted via Zoom with our alumni and program faculty/staff, we do ask that the applicants come to the Neeley Fellows office to participate in the interview in one of our interview rooms.
  2. You will be notified with the time of your session prior to this date. Therefore, please keep this date open until the time assignments are communicated.
  3. Attire is business professional.


If you have any questions concerning the Neeley Fellows application process, please contact Meg Lehman, Program Director, at 817-257-4979 or m.lehman@tcu.edu.

If you have questions concerning the John V. Roach Honors College application process or timeline, please contact honors@tcu.edu.

You do not need to be currently in the Honors College to apply to Neeley Fellows. While being in the Honors College is one facet a candidate’s application, our review of candidates is holistic and considers many factors. Honors College status does not preclude a candidate from being selected. In fact, we have accepted students each year that were not currently in the Honors College. Those students reapply to the Honors College their sophomore year.

Yes, you can apply to Neeley Fellows and Honors College concurrently. If you are not currently in the Honors College and plan to apply to Neeley Fellows, you should apply to the Honors College as part of the fall 2023 and/or spring 2024 application process. If you are applying to the Honors College, please review the college’s important dates, deadlines and application process and put as much care and effort into your Honors College application as you do your Neeley Fellows application. 

If you applied to the Honors College in the past and were not accepted, you may apply again, but are encouraged to revisit your initial application to identify areas of improvement.

You reapply to the Honors College your sophomore year. In that situation, your Neeley Fellows invitation is contingent on successful completion of Honors College application and invitation to join the Honors College the following year.

Neeley Fellows and the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program are both three-year, cohort-based programs. You're encouraged to explore both, but are only able to apply to one.

In the past, we have not accepted applications from transfer students as most have already taken courses that make up the Neeley Fellows curriculum.  In addition, we require students to have a minimum 3.5 GPA both semesters of the first-year and it is difficult to compare GPAs from various institutions.  With Neeley Fellows being a three year, cohort based program, it’s really not designed to be a transfer program.

With that being said, we will consider applications from transfer students with the following caveats:

  • The applicant cannot have taken any of the courses in the Neeley Fellows curriculum at TCU or other institutions – the lower division courses where there is typically conflict are the following: Fundamentals of Accounting, Marketing Management, Entrepreneurial & Business Regulatory Environment, Financial Management and Business Information Systems.
  • Plan to graduate in May 2027 (preferred) or December 2026 as it’s a three year, cohort based program.
  • Meet 3.5 GPA minimum in the spring semester.
  • Apply to the Honors College.