Top School in Charlotte, NC, for Hospitality Management Degrees

School and Ranking Information

There are a handful of schools within a 40-mile radius of Charlotte, NC, offering programs in hospitality management. The top three schools, going by school type, tuition and internship opportunities, include the following:

  • Winner: Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte is the winning school on account of its number of degrees awarded in the field and international internship opportunities.
  • Runner Up #1: Central Piedmont Community College, located in Charlotte, is the first runner up due to its low tuition rates and study abroad program.
  • Runner Up #2: Livingstone College in Salisbury is in third place resulting from being a non-profit institution and having small class sizes.

School Comparison Chart

Category Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Central Piedmont Community College Livingstone College
Location Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC Salisbury, NC (36.7 miles from Charlotte)
School Type 4-year, primarily associate, private not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $26,412* $2,481 (in-state)
$8,625 (out-of-state)*
Hospitality Management Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's degrees Associate degrees Bachelor's degrees
Hospitality Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 284* 13* 0*
Most Popular Hospitality Management Degree Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's Degree in Foodservice Systems Administration/Management (194 awarded)* Associate Degree in Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Management (12 awarded)* N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 52% for 2005 entering class* 11% for 2008 entering class* 28% for 2005 entering class*
Noteworthy Offers international internship opportunities Students can get hands-on training in the school's restaurant Internships and special competitions are available to honors students

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Winner: Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 99% of first-year students received financial aid, 96% of whom were awarded grants or scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year
  • Hilton has donated $1 million to JWU's Hospitality College, as stated on the school's website
  • Campus features event spaces as well as food and beverage labs

JWU's Hospitality College in Charlotte offers an array of hospitality management degree options. Students can earn bachelor's degrees in hotel, international tourism, restaurant, food service and event management. Additional concentrations are required in some of these programs and can include coursework in such areas as ecotourism, spa or private club management, brewing arts, gaming and foreign studies. Students can also undertake national and international internships with entities including Walt Disney World, Madison Square Garden and ESPN, to name a few. According to JWU, its graduates have been hired by more than 3,500 companies.

Runner-Up #1: Central Piedmont Community College

  • Hospitality management associate degree program includes a cooperative education experience
  • Features a Veterans Resource Center for retired armed forces personnel seeking new career opportunities
  • Offers a study abroad program to destinations in South America, China, Europe and Canada

Located in the heart of Charlotte, CPCC's hospitality associate degree program focuses on hotel and restaurant management. In addition to general education coursework, curriculum includes courses in sanitation and safety, marketing, cost control, front office management, menu design and event planning. While enrolled in this program, students can earn nationally recognized ServSafe certificates for food protection management. They can also complete the state's Responsible Alcohol Server Program. Additionally, CPCC offers several certificates and diplomas that can prepare graduates to enter the hospitality field in less than two years. It also has distance learning, evening and weekend classes for students who need flexible scheduling.

Runner-Up #2: Livingstone College

  • U.S. News & World Report states that 54% of classes had less than 20 students in 2011
  • Livingstone College had a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 in 2011, according to NCES

In addition to a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, Livingstone College offers an honors program that allows students to participate in academic competitions and study abroad, pursue internships and volunteer in their community. The school also encourages students to join the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. This professional organization helps students with career development by holding member events featuring industry representatives. Additional resources, such as job fairs and resume critiques, are available through the school's career services department.

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