Hospitality Management Schools in Buffalo, NY with Degree Info

There are several schools within 15 miles of Buffalo, New York, offering degree programs in hospitality management. Read an overview of three schools' degree programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Buffalo Schools with Hospitality Management Programs

Prospective restaurant, hotel and tourism managers can choose from among three schools in downtown Buffalo, New York, which are profiled in the program overviews and table below. Information about two other schools in the area that offer degrees in this same field can be found after the table.

  • For students seeking bachelor's degrees, Buffalo State of the State University of New York (SUNY) system has a program in hospitality administration with two specialization options. The university is located five miles from the downtown area.
  • Another SUNY member, Erie Community College, features the most affordable tuition rates in Western New York. At the college, which is located 13 miles from the downtown, students can earn an associate degree in hotel restaurant management.
  • Students may also choose to pursue an associate degree from a private Catholic institution, Trocaire College, with training and education offered through the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business. This college is also located 13 miles from downtown Buffalo.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table includes information about undergraduate tuition, financial assistance and acceptance rates, which were less than 50% at the two 4-year schools for 2011-2012. Among other factors, additional information about school size and retention of first-year students can also be found in this table.

Buffalo State (SUNY) Erie Community College (SUNY) Trocaire College
School Type 4-year public university 2-year public community college 4-year private not-for-profit college
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014) 11,083* 12,733* 1,467*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016) $7,669 in-state; $17,519 out-of-state* $5,189 in-state; $9,784 out-of-state* $16,290*
% of New Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 95%* 84%* 98%*
Acceptance Rate (2013-2014) 62%* Open admissions* 58%*
Retention Rate (2014) 73% full-time; 50% part-time* 53% full-time; 34% part-time* N/A
Graduation Rate 45% (Students began in 2008)* 22% (Students began in 2011)* 26% (Students began in 2008)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Buffalo State (SUNY)

Founded in 1871, Buffalo State has grown to become the largest school in the SUNY system. The School of the Professions is home to the Department of Hospitality and Tourism, offering an undergraduate degree program with two concentration options.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration

Students in the hospitality administration program can choose a concentration in restaurant and institutional management or hotel tourism management. All students will complete courses covering topics such as cost controls, strategic marketing and legal issues. Restaurant management students will take courses on food service, sanitation and multicultural foods. Courses covering conventions, meetings and expositions are required for hotel management students.

Students in either concentration will complete 400 hours of professional experience and get hands-on training in the campus food laboratory and the Campus House, a full-service restaurant/club serving students and faculty.

Erie Community College (SUNY)

Erie Community College offers 90 degree, certificate, online and joint programs through three campus locations. Approximately 12 miles from downtown Buffalo, the north campus houses the hotel restaurant management program.

Associate in Applied Science in Hotel Restaurant Management

Students pursuing the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Hotel Restaurant Management study technical and human relations aspects of hospitality, as well as food preparation and cost controls. They complete courses covering supervisory development, sanitation and operations. Other coursework includes topics such as promotional strategies and hospitality financial information systems. Students may seek scholarships from organizations such as the American Academy of Chefs and the New York State Restaurant Association.

Trocaire College

A Catholic institution founded in 1958, Trocaire College offers a wide variety of career-oriented programs. The associate-level hospitality management program is offered through the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business.

Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management

Students in the AAS in Hospitality Management program complete courses such as travel geography, food and beverage management and hospitality human resources, as well as sales and marketing. Students may also complete a certificate program without the general studies requirements of the AAS program. In addition to training opportunities at Lunch at Russell's Restaurant, the school features a state-of-the-art training kitchen and a hospitality club. Students may also pursue an international program, available through a cooperative agreement with MODUL University in Vienna, Austria.

Other School Options

In the Buffalo area, students can find an AAS in Hospitality Management program at Niagara County Community College. Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management through private not-for-profit institution Niagara University. This program features optional concentrations in luxury hospitality operations; food and beverage management; or hotel planning, development and operations.

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