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Best Event Planning Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools

Read about the best event planning schools at top U.S. colleges and universities. See school rankings, degree possibilities and location info to compare and contrast your school choices.

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Event planners arrange a variety of activities, from meetings and conventions to social events like sport competitions and weddings. Below, you'll look at two schools that offer event planning studies at the undergraduate level. Both schools have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Schools in the U.S. for Event Planning

1. Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

In 2010, Champlain College was ranked 13th in the Baccalaureate Colleges North category by U.S. News & World Report. It is one of the few schools in the U.S. offering a full bachelor's degree program in event management. Graduates gain real-world experience through their coursework. Champlain College boasts an 'upside-down curriculum,' wherein students are able to begin study for their major during freshman year.

2. Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan

GVSU was named among the top 50 Midwest Master's Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. The school's meeting and event management concentration is available through its bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management. Students learn business skills and also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of several international destinations affiliated with the event planning program.

Good U.S. Schools with Event Planning Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona University offers a Master of Science degree in hospitality management; only program of its kind in the state Pomona, CA
College of the Ozarks Hotel and restaurant management majors can choose a concentration in meeting and special event management Point Lookout, MO
Ferris State University Students can either pursue a special event and meeting planning minor, or they can earn a certificate in the field Big Rapids, MI
Florida International University Bachelor's degree program in hospitality management is available in online and face-to-face formats Miami, FL
Florida State University Online Graduate Certificate in Event Management offered through the university's Panama City branch campus Tallahassee, FL
Johnson & Wales University Students can earn a bachelor's degree in sports/entertainment/event management at campuses in North Miami, Denver, Charlotte and Providence Providence, RI
University of Denver School offers on-campus major event center where students can get hands-on experience Denver, CO
University of Massachusetts Amherst Hospitality and tourism management students can spend the summer studying in Paris, London, Italy and other international locations Amherst, MA
University of South Carolina - Columbia University has three student organizations related to tourism management that allow students to network Columbia, SC
Washington State University International business and hospitality students can spend the summer studying in Switzerland Pullman, WA
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