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.

Neeley Fellows Class of 2024 at a Glance

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

Recruiting Dates & Application Timeline

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October 7, 2021

Neeley Fellows Information Session
BLUU Ballroom
5:00 p.m.
October 29, 2021
Neeley Fellows Information Session
Shaddock Auditorium
3:00 p.m.
February 3, 2022
Neeley Fellows Information Session
5:00 p.m.

January 28, 2022

Snack & Chat
(come and go)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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February 21, 2022

Application Opens

February 21, 2022

Neeley Fellows Unplugged
5:00 p.m.

February 25, 2022

Résumé and Cover Letter Help Workshop
(come and go)
2:00-4:00 p.m.

March 18, 2022

Application Closes at 5:00 p.m.

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March 25 - April 8, 2022

Informational Interviews with
Current Neeley Fellows

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April 18, 2022

Candidates Notified if Selected
for an Alumni Interview

April 24, 2022

Neeley Fellows Alumni Interview
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
By Selection and Invitation

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May 31, 2022

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 2021 or spring 2022 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 2025 will be accepted between February 21 and March 18, 2022 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.

Check back in late fall 2021 for details on the application process.

Application Process

Neeley Fellows Online Application. The online portion of the application will consist of a form, résumé and cover letter; all three must be present before submitting. A confirmation email will be sent to you upon successful submission.

  1. Statement of Values - After carefully reading the Neeley Fellows Statement of Values and program requirements, enter your digital signature to indicate you understand and agree to comply to both.
  2. Complete the Application - Supply the requested information and attach the following two documents:
    1. 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 naming convention for the PDF version of your résumé: “LastName, FirstName Resume” before uploading.
    2. 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 naming convention for the PDF version of your cover letter: “LastName, FirstName CL” before uploading.

We want to learn more about you, your passions and areas of interest and how you have or plan to live these out during your time at TCU. Be thoughtful and intentional about what you want to communicate in your video as it is another opportunity for you relay more about yourself to the selection committee.

  1. In a video, describe how you have been able to pursue your passions as a TCU student or your plans to build your involvement in the coming year(s).
  2. Your attire should be business casual dress (collared shirt/blouse, jacket or blazer, tie not required).
  3. The video should be filmed in a horizontal orientation and be a minimum of 60 seconds in length, but no more than 2 minutes.
  4. Use the following naming convention for your MOV or MP4 file: “LastName, FirstName Video Response”.
  5. Upload your video to this Box folder (you will have to be signed in to your TCU account in order to submit the video).
  6. Box will send a confirmation email to you upon successful submission (this email may go to a Spam folder).

Submitted on Applicant’s Behalf by Recommender
  1. Applicants are encouraged to provide information about the Neeley Fellows program (www.neeley.tcu.edu/Fellows) to their recommender. The information found on this site should drive the direction of their recommendation, focusing on the candidate’s fit for the program.
  2. The letter should elaborate in detail on your strengths, accomplishments, specific traits such as dedication, leadership, initiative, responsibility, attitude, integrity, passion for learning, interpersonal and communication skills, and teamwork.
  3. Your recommender should be a high school or college teacher or counselor, employer, or community service leader who knows you well.
  4. A letter from a friend of the family is acceptable only if the person can speak as the applicant’s teacher, employer or community service leader.
  5. Your minister or pastor is an acceptable recommender only if the applicant was/is involved as an employee, intern or in community service through their church.
  6. Letters from family members will not be accepted.
  7. A letter from paid independent college counselors will not be accepted.
  8. The letter should be current (i.e. not used for your college application).
  9. Approach the person whom you wish to write your recommendation at the beginning of your application process, providing your recommender ample time to research the program and write the recommendation. Deadline for the Neeley Fellows Department to receive your letter of recommendation is March 18, 2022. You will receive a confirmation email when this letter has been received by our department.
  10. Should be addressed to Meg Lehman, Program Director, Neeley Fellows and submitted by your recommender to Cathy Cox, Program Specialist, Neeley Fellows at c.l.cox@tcu.edu.

If you have submitted a complete application (Parts 1, 2 and 3 as outlined above) by 5:00 p.m. CST on March 18, 2022, you will receive an email with information regarding the next segments of the Neeley Fellows application process. 

Informational interviews will occur between March 25 and April 8, 2022. 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 18, 2022 if they will be moving forward in the application process and participating in these interviews.

The event will occur on Sunday, April 24, 2022 via Zoom. You will be notified with the time of your session prior to this date. However, please keep this date open until the time assignments are communicated. 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.

While it is not a requirement for Neeley Fellows applicants to be a current Honors College student or accepted into the Honors College as part of the fall 2021 or spring 2022 process, it will greatly increase the competitiveness of your Neeley Fellows application if you are.  

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 2021 or spring 2022 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. 

All students applying to the Honors College must attend one mandatory interest session. If you do not attend one of the interest sessions, you will not be able to apply to the Honors College.

Please refer to the Honors College website for additional information.

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.

If you are accepted to Neeley Fellows and not a member of the Honors College, your Neeley Fellows invitation will be contingent on successful completion of Honors College application and invitation to join the Honors College.

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, Business Law and Financial Management
  • Plan to graduate in May 2025 (preferred) or December 2024 as it’s a three year, cohort based program
  • Meet 3.5 GPA minimum in the spring semester
  • Apply to the Honors College