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2021 Best Colleges for Hospitality Management

Approximately 15,353 hospitality management degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Hospitality Management ranking analyzed 120 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in hospitality management. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Hospitality Management students.

Choosing a Great Hospitality Management School

Best Colleges for Hospitality Management Your choice of hospitality management school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 19% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 29%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 262 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Hospitality Management graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average hospitality management bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $34,779, graduates of colleges on this list average $43,311.

Starting Salary  ( 37784 to 50015 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Hospitality Management students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other hospitality management students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized hospitality management related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Hospitality Management students.

Best Schools to Study Hospitality Management in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Hospitality Management degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 18 Best Hospitality Colleges

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is one of the best schools in the country for hospitality management. Located in the small city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Cornell offers a Master's Degree in hospitality management. Hospitality Management graduates from Cornell University earn a boost of about $15,732 over the typical earnings of hospitality management majors.

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Culinary Institute of America is a good decision for individuals interested in a Hospitality Management degree. The Culinary Institute of America is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hyde Park. This college ranks 499th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Culinary Institute of America is a fairly popular college to study hospitality in United States exceeding 231 graduations last year. Students who graduate from the hospitality program make an average of $37,100 for their early career.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus is a good decision for students interested in a Hospitality Management major. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great school overall.

With 146 undergrads, Purdue University - Main Campus is one of most popular schools to study hospitality in United States. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $43,700.

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George Washington University is one of the finest schools in the country for hospitality management. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of 115 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means GWU is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, GWU offers a Master's Degree in hospitality management. Graduates from the hospitality management major at George Washington University get $7,132 more than the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the suburb Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 87 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Delaware is a great college overall.

There are about 99 hospitality management undergraduates enrolled in this degree at U of Delaware. Graduates from the hospitality management degree program at University of Delaware get $4,932 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This college ranks 130th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

New York University is one of the most popular college to study hospitality in United States exceeding 88 graduates last year. Hospitality Management majors from New York University get a earnings boost of around $8,132 over the average earnings of hospitality management majors.

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Located in the city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Penn State University Park also offers 2 different higher degree levels in hospitality management, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Pennsylvania State University - University Park hospitality management graduates make $2,432 more than the average hospitality student.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA

Located in the large city Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great school overall.

A popular major for hospitality management undergrads, there are roughly 128 students enrolled in this program at Boston U. Hospitality Management students from Boston University get a earnings boost of approximately $2,632 above the typical earnings of hospitality management graduates.

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Located in the city Houston, U of H is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 360th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are approximately 308 hospitality management undergrads enrolled in this program at U of H. Grads of the hospitality program report average early career wages of $37,600.

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#10

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Michigan State also offers a Master's Degree in hospitality management. Graduates of the hospitality program make around $40,700 in their early career salary.

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Located in the suburb Orlando, UCF is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 312th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCF also offers 2 different higher degree levels in hospitality management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduating, hospitality students generally earn around $31,000 in their early careers.

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#12

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Located in the city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great college overall.

Virginia Tech is a fairly popular college to study hospitality in United States with more than 66 graduates last year. Hospitality Management graduates from Virginia Tech earn a boost of about $2,732 above the typical income of hospitality management graduates.

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UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. A Best Colleges rank of 118 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UMass Amherst is a great college overall.

There are approximately 161 hospitality management undergrads studying this degree at UMass Amherst. Graduates of the hospitality program report average early career wages of $43,200.

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Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames. This school ranks 213th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Iowa State also offers a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship) in hospitality management. Graduates of the hospitality program make around $35,200 for their early career.

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#15

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock. This college ranks 448th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in hospitality management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the hospitality program make about $44,100 in the first couple years of working.

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#16

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia. This school ranks 290th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Temple University is a fairly popular college to study hospitality in United States with over 121 graduates last year. Students who graduate from the hospitality program earn around $40,300 in their early career salary.

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#17

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Located in the large city San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This school ranks 235th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 23 undergrads, University of San Francisco is one of most popular schools to study hospitality in United States. Hospitality Management majors from University of San Francisco receive an earnings boost of about $4,132 over the average earnings of hospitality management majors.

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#18

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

JMU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg. This college ranks 194th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are about 120 hospitality management undergraduates studying this degree at JMU. After getting their bachelor's degree, hospitality students typically make around $41,500 in their early careers.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Hospitality Management award.

Rank College Location
19 University of Denver Denver, CO
20 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
21 Florida International University Miami, FL
22 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
23 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
24 Washington State University Pullman, WA
25 Auburn University Auburn, AL

Hospitality Management by Region

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One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Hospitality Management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Bblackpsu. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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