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Corporations Find a Place in the Classroom

The Jacobi family, founders of Windermere Real Estate, have donated $5.4 million to start the undergraduate minor in real estate this Autumn 2017.

The University of Washington’s interdisciplinary mindset is clearly shown through the UW’s real estate program being housed in the College of Built Environments. Traditionally, they’re housed in the business school’s. Edgar Gonzalez, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Relations at the College of Built Environments said, “For the courses we offered this year, we had 20 to 25 students in every class. The demand is there for these types of courses and for these types of education”.

Before this collaboration, UW only had real estate studies at the graduate level, The goal is to grow this minor into a major. Not all collaborations like this are feeder programs, but Windermere’s hopes to collaborate with UW graduates in the future.

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