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 2027 at a Glance

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

Recruiting Dates & Application Timeline

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October 3, 2024
Information Session:
Neeley 2303AB
5:00 p.m.

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November 4, 2024
Information Session
BLUU Ballroom A&B
5:00 p.m.

January 22, 2025

Neeley Fellows Unplugged
Neeley 2303AB
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

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Every Sunday,
February 2 - March 2, 2025

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

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February 3, 2025

Application Opens

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February 6, 2025
Information Session:
Neeley 2303AB
5:00 p.m.

February 14, 2025

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

March 7, 2025

Application Closes at 5:00 p.m.

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March 24 - April 4, 2025

Informational Interviews with
Current Neeley Fellows

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April 17, 2025

Candidates Notified if Selected
for an Alumni Interview

April 27, 2025

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

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May 30, 2025

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

Information about the 2025 application process coming soon.


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.