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2022 Best Hospitality Management Schools

442 Colleges
$33,271 Avg Salary
$21,829 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Hospitality Management School for You

In 2019-2020, 17,830 people earned a degree or certificate in hospitality management, making the major the #11 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which business program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 442 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students.

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2022 Best Hospitality Management Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for hospitality majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Top Schools in Hospitality Management

Our analysis found Institute of Culinary Education to be the best school for hospitality management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large city of New York, Institute of Culinary Education is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The excellent programs at Cornell University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best hospitality management schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Cornell carry an average student debtload of $11,937. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $124.

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The excellent programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best hospitality management schools in the United States. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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#4

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The excellent programs at Georgetown University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best hospitality management schools in the United States. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Virginia Tech is a great place for hospitality management students. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

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University of Delaware landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, hospitality majors at UD accumulate an average of around $23,250 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#7

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

With a ranking of #7, Michigan State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

On average, hospitality graduates from Michigan State take out $25,578 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $265.

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#8

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Boston U carry an average student debtload of $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #9 on the list. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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#10

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Stevens Institute of Technology ranked #11 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hoboken.

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#12

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Iowa is a very large public school located in the small city of Iowa City.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Iowa carry an average student debtload of $19,593. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $203.

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#13

New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from NYU carry an average student debtload of $19,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University landed the #14 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#15

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

With a ranking of #15, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a very large student population.

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#16

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. SLU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Louis.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. UNH is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Durham.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from UNH carry an average student debtload of $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, hospitality graduates from UMass Amherst take out $23,250 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#19

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. USFCA is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco.

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#20

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the suburb of Beverly, Endicott is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their degree, hospitality majors at Endicott accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#21

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from GWU carry an average student debtload of $22,749. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $236.

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Kapiolani Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Kapiolani CC is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Honolulu.

Hospitality majors at Kapiolani CC take out an average of $13,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $135.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Menomonie.

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Iowa State University landed the #24 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, hospitality majors at Iowa State accumulate an average of around $23,250 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#25

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, hospitality graduates from K -State take out $22,772 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $236.

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Rest of the Top Best Hospitality Management Schools

#26

Cleary University

Howell, MI
#27

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#28

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#29

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#32

Northwood University

Midland, MI
#38

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#39

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#41

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#43

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#45

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY
#46

Lasell University

Newton, MA
#49

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#50

Niagara University

Niagara University, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Hospitality Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 442 different United States hospitality management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
52 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
53 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
54 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
55 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
56 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
57 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
58 Hastings College Hastings, NE
59 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
60 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
61 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
62 University of Houston Houston, TX
63 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
64 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
65 Widener University Chester, PA
66 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Hospitality Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
67 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
68 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
69 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
70 Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
71 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
72 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
73 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
74 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY
75 Pace University - New York New York, NY
76 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
77 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
78 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
79 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
80 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
81 Kauai Community College Lihue, HI
82 Lakeland University Plymouth, WI
83 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
84 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
85 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
86 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
87 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
88 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA

Hospitality Management by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Hospitality Management is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

Hospitality Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Hospitality Administration/Management 10,363
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2,657
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,311
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,031
Meeting and Event Planning 977
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 779
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 391
Resort Management 298
Casino Management 18
Brewery/Brewpub Operations/Management 5

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 404,734
Accounting 101,094
Finance & Financial Management 57,893
General Business/Commerce 55,749
Marketing 52,262

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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