School and Ranking Information
The two schools in Orlando with programs in restaurant management are both 4-year public schools. Based on rankings, program variety and tuition, the following is considered the top school in the area for an education in restaurant management:
- Winner: Valencia College is a highly ranked school that offers associate's and certificate programs in restaurant management. This college is a 4-year school that primarily awards 2-year degrees, and it has a low tuition rate of less than $2,400 for in-state students.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#4 nationally for amount of awarded associate's degrees (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$2,378 (in-state), $9,005 (out-of-state)**|
|Restaurant/Food Services Management Programs Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Restaurant/Food Services Management Degrees and Certificates Awarded (all levels) in 2013||63**|
|Most Popular Restaurant/Food Services Management Program Level in 2013||Certificate (61 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||40%**|
|Noteworthy||Valencia features an advanced point-of-sale system on campus for students' enhanced learning***|
Sources: *Community College Week, **NCES College Navigator, ***Valencia website
- Both the associate's and certificate programs related to restaurant management feature internships
- Valencia's West Campus has a computer lab dedicated to the hospitality and culinary programs
- The West Campus boasts facilities that are key to studying and practicing restaurant management, including a kitchen and banquet rooms
Valencia College is a multi-campus institution headquartered in the large Florida city of Orlando. Valencia has a collective enrollment of more than 42,000 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1. The college has available over 100 different academic programs. Students can pursue the restaurant management programs at the West Campus.
Valencia College offers an Associate in Science in Restaurant and Food Service Management and Culinary Management, in addition to a certificate program in food and beverage management. The restaurant management associate's includes courses on sanitation management, etiquette, making food and beverage orders and marketing, in addition to an internship. The culinary management associate's requires coursework studying food service applications, catering operations and cost control. The certificate program includes a course on hospitality law, and some of the available electives explore wine and security concerns in the field.