Top School for a Hospitality Management Degree - Colorado Springs, CO

School and Ranking Information

Though no school located directly in Colorado Springs has hospitality management programs, students interested in earning a degree in this or a related subject will find some institutions in nearby Denver. Based on graduation rates and number of degrees awarded in the field of study, the following schools are considered the top three for hospitality management degree programs:

  • Winner: The University of Denver appears in the top spot because it is the only nationally ranked school and boasts the highest graduation rate. Hospitality management is offered as a concentration area within the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
  • Runner Up #1: Metropolitan State University of Denver earns second place because it awards the highest number of degrees in hospitality management and is the largest institution in terms of student population. Its hospitality management studies are offered at the bachelor's degree level.
  • Runner Up #2: Placing third is Johnson & Wales University - Denver; although it does award the least amount of degrees in the area of study, it has the second-highest graduation rate and is the only school offering two degree levels in hospitality management. Students can pursue hospitality management studies at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Ranking #91 on 2014 National Universities,
#127 on 2014 High School Counselor Rankings
Location Denver, CO (61.7 miles from Colorado Springs) Denver, CO (67 miles from Colorado Springs) Denver, CO (65.3 miles from Colorado Springs)
School Type 4-year, private-not for profit 4-year, public 4-year, private-not for profit
Tuition (2013) $39,177 (undergraduate)* $5,341 (undergraduate in-state)
$17,022 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
$26,412 (undergraduate)*
Hospitality Management Program Levels Offered Bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree Associate's and Bachelor's degrees
Hospitality Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 50* 76* 27*
Most Popular Hospitality Management Program (2012) Bachelor's - Hospitality Management (50 degrees conferred)* Bachelor's - Hospitality Management (76 degrees conferred)* Bachelor's - Hospitality Management (26)*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time for students who started in Fall 2006) 76%* 25% (30% transfer-out rate)* 51%*
Noteworthy The University of Denver is the oldest private not-for-profit school in the Rocky Mountain region*** The university's Precision Flight Team earned the 2011 Loening Trophy, which is the top college aviation award in the United States*** Johnson & Wales has over 90,000 alumni from over 140 countries***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U. S. News & World Report, ***Schools' websites.

Winner: University of Denver

  • Ranks #10 for U. S. News & World Report's 2014 Up-and-Coming Schools
  • The university earned a place on the President's 2010 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It provides students with a unique introduction to the hospitality industry and a foundational understanding of business and management principles. Students enrolled in the program have the option to choose a specialized concentration, such as hospitality sales and marketing, lodging and resort operations and restaurant food and beverage management.

The core management courses included within the bachelor's degree program provide students with an overview of business law, accounting, financial decision-making, financial reporting, marketing and operations management. Core hospitality courses cover hospitality technology and information systems, hospitality law, employment law and resort management skills. Additional non-credit course requirements include a 500-hour hands-on industry work experience, a 500-hour management internship program and a semester-long international study abroad program.

Runner-Up #1: Metropolitan State University of Denver

  • Ranks in the top 100 colleges and universities across the United States for Latino students who graduate
  • According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the university ranks first in Colorado for ethnic diversity among faculty members
  • The average age of students who attend the university is 26.

For those interested in earning the Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management degree, they can select a concentration in restaurant, hotel, tourism, or events management. Students must complete requirements of the department, which include 33 general studies credit hours, 3 multicultural credit hours, 3 senior experience credit hours, 39 major core credit hours, 18-24 concentration credit hours and 20 credit hours of electives. Areas of interest that will be covered in the curriculum include accounting, fundamentals of food, fundamentals of beverage, marketing, law, human resources, and management.

Runner-Up #2: Johnson & Wales University-Denver

  • Undergraduate students who attended Johnson & Wales received an average of $10,461 in grant or scholarship aid in 2012 based on studies by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • Forbes Magazine rated the university as one the 650 top undergraduate universities in the country
  • During the 2012-2013 school year, the university allocated over $140 million to financial aid

The Hospitality College at Johnson & Wales University-Denver has seven different concentrations for its Bachelor of Science - Hospitality Management program. Students can focus on culinary arts, hotel and lodging management, baking and pastry arts, restaurant and food beverage management, or event management. The internship program gives students the chance to learn at companies such as MTV, ESPN, Royal Caribbean, Doral Gold Resort & Spa, Madison Square Garden, Ritz-Carlton, and Walt Disney World. Throughout the program, classes will look at facets such as management, business law, accounting, and marketing.

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