Best Hotel Management Programs: List of Top U.S. Schools

Learn about the best hotel management programs in the United States. Look over school rankings, degree possibilities, and school locations, and compare similarities and differences to find the program for you.

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Hotel management programs can be found at many highly rated schools across the country. Programs are typically available at the bachelor's degree level, although some graduate programs are offered. Three of the top hotel management schools in the nation are Cornell University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. These universities offer bachelor's degree programs in hotel administration. The programs focus on the business aspects of the hospitality field, and coursework usually covers finance, administration, marketing, information systems, human resources, and planning. All three universities are also ranked by national publications.

Cornell University

School Highlight: For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cornell University 16th on its list of best value schools.

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, was ranked the 15th-best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2017 and was named a top 40 U.S. college by in 2016. Cornell was the nation's first university to offer a hotel management program through its School of Hotel Administration. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hotel Administration program covers all aspects of hotel management, and students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the on-campus Statler Hotel. Various concentrations and electives are available in finance, facilities, food and beverage, information systems, law, management, operations, and real estate.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

School Highlight: The University of Nevada is located in Las Vegas, home to 150,000 hotel rooms.

The University of Nevada - Las Vegas was listed among the top 200 undergraduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The Harrah Hotel College at UNLV is located in the heart of the hotel and hospitality industry in downtown Las Vegas. The BS in Hotel Administration program offers several majors, including hospitality management. Those focusing on hospitality study a variety of subjects, such as purchasing, hospitality law, and operations analysis. Lodging and resort management majors concentrate specifically on front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house hotel skills, like facilities and human resources management.

Central Michigan University

School Highlight: Central Michigan University's hospitality program offers opportunities to study in Italy, Switzerland, Las Vegas, or Chicago.

Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI, was ranked the 110th-top public school in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The school offers a hospitality services administration major. Students may complete an internship at the on-campus Marriott Hotel or work as a resident manager of the McLaren Hospitality House in Flint. Courses include accounting, finance, and marketing.

Top U.S. Hotel Management Programs

Other top schools with hotel management programs include the following:

College/University Name Location Distinction
Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI Hospitality students complete 1,000 hours of work experience before graduating.
New York University New York, NY Ranked 36th on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of all national universities.
Ohio State University Columbus, OH The Hospitality Management Advisory Board is comprised of 16 leaders in the field.
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Ranked in the top 60 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best national universities.
University of Houston Houston, TX Recently launched a Ph.D. program in hospitality administration.
University of Missouri Columbia, MO Offers an online option for hospitality management students.
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN Students in the hotel and tourism management major are required to complete extensive field experience.

When choosing a hotel management program, options students may consider include online availability, internships, and study abroad opportunities. Some top schools are even starting to offer graduate degrees in the field.

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