Buffalo Schools with Hospitality Management Programs
Prospective restaurant, hotel and tourism managers can choose from among the following 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 at the bottom of the article.
- 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 of these three schools. 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.
Comparison of Schools
The following table includes information about undergraduate tuition, financial assistance and acceptance rates. 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, primarily associate, private not-for-profit college|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)||9,516*||11,135*||1,399*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)||$7,976 in-state; $17,626 out-of-state*||$5,575 in-state; $10,141 out-of-state*||$17,110*|
|% of New Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||92%*||83%*||96%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016-2017)||58%*||Open admissions*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||66% full-time; 33% part-time*||54% full-time; 35% part-time*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||47% (Students who began in 2011)*||23% (Students who began in 2014)*||25% (Students who began in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Buffalo State (SUNY)
Founded in 1871, Buffalo State has grown to become the largest 4-year 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, culinary arts 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. The culinary arts concentration involves coursework in baking, menu design and catering management. Courses covering conventions, meetings and expositions are required for hotel management students. All students 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 more than 100 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.
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. Training opportunities through this program exist at Salvatore's Grand Hotel and Russell's Steaks, Chops & More restaurant. A Disney internship is also available and takes place at Disney World in Orlando, FL, giving students real-world hospitality experience.
Other School Options
In the Buffalo area, students can also 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.