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2021 Best Hospitality Management Schools

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

Finding the Best Hospitality Management School for You

In 2018-2019, 19,042 people earned a degree or certificate in hospitality management, making the major the #11 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for business students. 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 523 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students.

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2021 Best Hospitality Management Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Hospitality Management Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Hospitality

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the United States for hospitality management students. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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 #2 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 large city of Los Angeles.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Stevens Institute of Technology. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Stevens is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hoboken.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Massachusetts Amherst. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college 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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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Delaware is a great place for hospitality management students. Located in the large suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Hospitality majors at U of Delaware take out an average of $23,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#7

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech ranked #7 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station.

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#9

Cleary University

Howell, MI

With a ranking of #9, Cleary University did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Howell, Cleary College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #10, Boston University did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college 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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#11

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

With a ranking of #11, James Madison University did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a very large student population.

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#12

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#13

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. 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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#14

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

With a ranking of #14, University of Iowa did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. Iowa is a fairly 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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Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $26,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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#16

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very 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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University of Missouri - Columbia ranked #17 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at Mizzou take out is $21,250. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $221, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. 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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University of Wisconsin - Stout came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie.

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Washington State University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the distant town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#21

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY

CUNY LaGuardia Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the large city of Long Island City, LaGuardia is a public school with a large student population.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public college with a large student population.

Hospitality majors at U of NH take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #23, George Washington University did quite well on this year’s best schools for hospitality management students. 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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Iowa State University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best hospitality management programs. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school 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 ranked #25 on this year’s Best Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the city of Manhattan, K - State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from K - State carry an average student debtload of $22,772. 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

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#28

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#29

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#36

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#37

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, PA
#38

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#40

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#41

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#42

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#43

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#45

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#46

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#47

University of Mississippi

University, MS
#48

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#49

Niagara University

Niagara University, NY
#50

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Hospitality Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 523 different United States hospitality management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
52 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC

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
53 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
54 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
55 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
56 Florida International University Miami, FL
57 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
58 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
59 Union County College Cranford, NJ
60 Widener University Chester, PA
61 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
62 Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global Marion, IN
63 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
64 Pace University - New York New York, NY
65 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
66 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
67 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
68 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
69 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA

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 10,831
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2,948
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,473
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,260
Meeting and Event Planning 1,036
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 787
Resort Management 355
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 339
Casino Management 13

Majors Similar to Hospitality

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

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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