Coni J.’s Answer
I did not finish college as I was anxious to get to work. The courses I took dealt with business administration, accounting and finance. I was also very strategic is the places where I was employed. I knew I wanted to be in real estate but didn't know the capacity. So I took jobs that taught me about finance and banking, marketing, law, sales, title and escrow, and real estate investing. I learned by being on the job and getting actual experience. When I felt I needed additional training, I took a course at a college to give me the basics.
This has been my experience only! Just giving you a different perspective!
There are a number of backgrounds that I have found in real estate. I actually sought out a Real Estate major at the University of Colorado. It is a phenomenal program with a good balance of book learning and, more importantly, experts in the industry who share their real life experiences.
For my career as a real Estate appraiser I did a liberal arts degree at Uci
You don’t need a college degree to become a real estate agent but it doesn’t hurt!
I would suggest looking into a degree in business with a focus on sales. You can look into good schools near you that have good business programs. This could be very useful in the field of real estate.
After college I used The CE Shop for my online Real Estate classes. I work with Keller Williams and the CE Shop is their recommended platform.
I would suggest trying to decide on a brokerage before doing classes for real estate. Brokerages typically have a preferred platform and some extra study resources that you can utilize along the way.
As long as the criteria meets the standards for the national and state portion of your final test then you should technically be good to go. I have hear high praise of in person real estate classes. Mine were online but many colleagues of mine have said that they struggled with the online and passed their test after trying out the in person classes.
I hope this helps you!