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2020 Best Colleges for Hospitality Management in Florida

Hospitality Management is a popular major and Florida is the 1st most popular state for students studying this major. 3,096 of the 20,194 Hospitality Management degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Florida. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Hospitality Management in Florida ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in hospitality management. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Hospitality Management students in Florida.

Choosing a Great Hospitality Management School

Best Colleges for Hospitality Management in Florida The hospitality program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality hospitality program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A hospitality management degree from colleges on this list typically results in above average wages after graduation. A hospitality management bachelors degree from a school in Florida helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $32,950 a couple years later.

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 colleges for Hospitality Management students in Florida.

Best Schools to Study Hospitality Management in Florida

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Best Hospitality Colleges in Florida

Master Highest Degree Type
$35,000 Median Starting Salary

It is hard to beat Florida International University if you wish to study hospitality management. Located in the large suburb Miami, FIU is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, FIU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in hospitality management, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the hospitality program report average early career wages of $35,000.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7.0% Growth in Graduates
$31,000 Median Starting Salary

University of Central Florida is a great option for individuals interested in a Hospitality Management major. UCF is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando.

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 graduation, hospitality students generally earn around $31,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
$37,900 Median Starting Salary

Florida State University is one of the best schools in the United States for hospitality management. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

Florida State University hospitality management students receive $3,750 more than the average hospitality grad.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
50.6% Growth in Graduates
$35,100 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat Florida Atlantic University if you wish to pursue hospitality management as a major. Located in the small city Boca Raton, FAU is a public school with a very large student population.

For those interested in shorter degree, FAU also offers a Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in hospitality management. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, hospitality students usually earn around $35,100 in their early careers.

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Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
$35,600 Median Starting Salary

St. Leo University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Leo.

Graduates of the hospitality program state that they receive average early career income of $35,600.

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$30,300 Median Starting Salary

University of West Florida is a large public school located in the small city of Pensacola.

After graduating, hospitality students usually make around $30,300 in their early careers.

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Bethune - Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

Bethune - Cookman University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Daytona Beach.More…

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Best Hospitality Management Colleges in the Southeast Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 570
Virginia 289 518
North Carolina 286 554
Tennessee 266 190
Kentucky 257 122
South Carolina 254 399
Louisiana 254 103
Alabama 250 240
Arkansas 249 90
Mississippi 239 182
West Virginia 222 102

Hospitality Management is one of 21 different types of Business, Management & Marketing programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 399,810
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179

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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).
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