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Feeling Welcome: The Top 5 Colleges for Hospitality Studies

Feeling Welcome: The Top 5 Colleges for Hospitality Studies
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3. W.A. Franke College of Business – School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at NAU

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

The School of Hotel & Restaurant Management prepares “professionals for an industry that loves change—one where mergers and re-branding are a way of life.” Through kitchen experience, close faculty relationships and event planning—students organize an SHRM Golf Tournament, held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix each year—the school prepares graduates for their entrance into a highly competitive job force. From owning restaurants to managing beach resorts to becoming a rising star in hospitality consulting, many NHU hospitality students have parlayed their interest in the service industry into the job of their dreams, and they regularly return to NHU for speaking engagements and recruitment.

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Derek.cashman at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Percent Acceptance: 77%

Total Cost: $19,896 in-state, $33,276 out-of-state

Average Student Loan Debt at Graduation: $25,000

Average Salary at Graduation: $39,000


2. The Collins College of Hospitality Management at CPP

Cal State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona, California

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By Thecollinscollege – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

It doesn’t take a lot to make this sunny Southern California campus sound appealing—it’s beautiful, modern, clean, and boasts perpetual summer. And with 1,350 diverse undergraduate and graduate students learning and experimenting in 55,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities, it’s no wonder that The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona helps their students feel like they are advancing the art of hospitality even before they’ve started their careers.

The Collins College of Hospitality Management is one of the toughest on our list to get into, but it’s also the 4th largest hospitality management college in the country and boasts 80% job placement after graduation. The astounding job placement statistic is partly to do with the over 100 major hospitality companies that visit the campus each year to talk to students and recruit them for summer jobs, internships, and post-graduation positions. With $200,000 in merit-based scholarships and excellent job opportunities for graduates, students with good academic records and grit should have no problem paying down their student debt after graduating from Cal State, Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management.

Percent Acceptance: 39%

Total Cost: $22,214 in-state, $55,588 out of state

Average Student Loan Debt at Graduation: $23,000

Average Salary at Graduation: $42,000


1. School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration (OSU)

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Sunset at Oklahoma State University's Chi-O Clock

The School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration is like a self-sufficient microcosm that exists within the 6,000 student Oklahoma State University Stillwater campus. Outside of the classroom, students get to run The Atherton Hotel Experiential Laboratory. They learn quantity-based production in a kitchen that serves a 135 seat full-service dining room. They conduct experimental food challenges in the Jim Anderson Food Production Research Laboratory.  They present gourmet meals at Taylor’s Dining Room, and they serve up casual food at the fast and friendly West Side Cafe.

The undergraduate degree at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at OSU has been “a program of distinction for 78 years” and was ranked 8th among the top 100 hospitality and tourism programs in the world by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. To give students practical experience in the real world of restaurant and hotel management, the school hosts an annual Distinguished Chef Scholarship Benefit Series. The Series is comprised of four separate events that feature celebrated chefs from around the world. When they can, faculty show their students their potential future around the local area, like the time they visited the building site of the soon-to-be nine-story, $17.5 million Hampton Inn & Suites.

Percent Acceptance: 75%

Total Cost: $15,968 in state, $29,168 out of state

Average Student Loan Debt at Graduation: $25,000

Average Salary at Graduation: $39,000


Travel and tourism account for 8% of the world’s jobs, making it a wonderful pursuit for someone who wants the security of a job that will—at least in the foreseeable future—be necessary all over the world. But competition makes it a very volatile industry too. Have you got the passion, the self-starting ability, and the chutzpah to make it in hospitality? Then you better study up so you can get into one of these five amazing hospitality and tourism schools.

Hospitality services have become a huge industry on a global scale.  How does an interested student break into a career in this field?  America Unraveled began to investigate this and we have found that many colleges and universities offer hospitality majors.  The programs are varied and offer something for every aspect of being hospitable.

Rankings are based on percent acceptance, total cost to attend for in-state students, average salary at graduation, average student loan debt at graduation, program depth, and campus life.

 

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Sources:

http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/best-hospitality-degree-programs/

http://www.besthospitalitydegrees.com/top-20-most-affordable-hospitality-degrees/

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Alana Armstrong Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.

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