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Membership in the Penn State Real Estate Society will support real estate education and research at Penn State. Your membership will help Penn State achieve its vision of becoming a world recognized center for excellence in real estate education and scholarship.

“The time has come to form a venue that brings together a wide range of alumni who are practicing in the various real estate disciplines in a way that benefits them and supports today’s students,” says Brent Ambrose, Smeal professor of real estate and IRES director. “By creating networking opportunities and providing tangible professional resources, and by promoting philanthropic giving in support for our programs, our hope is to make the Real Estate Society valuable for alumni and students.”

The Penn State Real Estate Society membership is open to all Penn State alumni and friends with an active interest in the real estate industry. We offer the following membership levels:

Member ($250-$999 / year)


  • Provide support for real estate education and research at Penn State
  • Invitation to regional networking opportunities as well as networking opportunities via LinkendIn and SmealConnect, the college’s social networking site
  • Invitation to the annual Real Estate Tailgate organized by the student Real Estate Club
  • Invitations to the regional Real Estate Society events featuring your favorite faculty members and other special speakers
  • Mentoring opportunities with current students
  • Subscription to the Smeal Real Estate Society newsletter

Partner ($1,000 - $2,499 / year)

All benefits outlined for regular members plus:

  • Semi-annual conference call with fellow Council members in other cities
  • Special invitations to attend the Fall networking social event with Real Estate Advisory Board

Council ($2,500 and up / year)

All benefits outlined for Partner members plus:

  • Invitation to observe the Fall Real Estate Advisory Board meeting and Industry Roundtable Discussion
  • Membership in Penn State’s President’s Club which includes:
    • Insider Letters from the President about current initiatives and priorities at Penn State
    • Invitations to the annual reception at University Park
    • A lapel pin for first-time members
    • Special communication about campus and college activities
    • Recognition in the President’s Club Online Honor Roll and on-campus philanthropy displays
    • President’s Circle and Sparks Circle members also receive Research Penn State, an award-winning magazine produced by Penn State’s Graduate School

To join RES, alumni are asked to make a gift equivalent to the desired amount to support real estate education. Gifts can be made on-line via