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2021 Best Value Hospitality Management Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

347 Colleges
$6,818 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$33,271 Avg Salary

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 Value Hospitality Management Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 347 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for hospitality students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Hospitality Management Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Hospitality

Our 2021 rankings named Dakota County Technical College the best value school in the United States for hospitality management students. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at DCTC are $5,864 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, DCTC also did well on our Best Hospitality Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$4,432 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 347 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, NorthWest Arkansas Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. NWACC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Bentonville.

NWACC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,432 in tuition and fees each year.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Raritan Valley Community College is a great value for hospitality management students. RVCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Branchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at RVCC are $6,052 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, RVCC also is in the top 10% of our Best Hospitality Management Schools ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Fox Valley Technical College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FVTC are $6,688 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, FVTC is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Hospitality Management Schools list.

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#5

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY
$8,098 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means LaGuardia Community College is a great value for hospitality management students. Located in the city of Long Island City, LaGuardia is a public school with a large student population.

LaGuardia undergraduate students pay an average of $8,098 in tuition and fees each year.

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$3,990 Average Tuition & Fees

McLennan Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the city of Waco, MCC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $3,990 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #7, Gateway Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for hospitality management students. Gateway Technical College is a large public school located in the suburb of Kenosha.

Gateway Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,575 in tuition and fees each year.

Gateway Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Hospitality Management Schools list.

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#8

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
$6,488 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #8, Western Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for hospitality management students. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the city of La Crosse.

Western Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,488 in tuition and fees each year.

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Middlesex County College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Hospitality Management Schools list. Middlesex County College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Edison.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Middlesex County College are $7,128 a year.

Middlesex County College also claimed a spot on our Best Hospitality Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$6,395 Average Tuition & Fees

Waukesha County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #10 on the list. WCTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Pewaukee.

WCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,395 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,720 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Hawaii did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #11 on the list. BYU - H is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Laie.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - H are $5,720 a year.

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#12

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Paul College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Saint Paul College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,736 in tuition and fees each year.

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American Public University System landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value hospitality management programs. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

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With a ranking of #14, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for hospitality management students. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Cincinnati State undergraduate students pay an average of $8,379 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at Cincinnati State take out is $14,385. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $149, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,268 Average Tuition & Fees

Houston Community College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the city of Houston, Houston Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Houston Community College are $5,268 a year.

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value hospitality management programs. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a very large student population.

ASU - Skysong undergraduate students pay an average of $19,560 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #17, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for hospitality management students. Located in the midsize city of Green Bay, NWTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NWTC are $6,625 a year.

NWTC also claimed a spot on our Best Hospitality Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#18

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA
$5,422 Average Tuition & Fees

Savannah Technical College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Hospitality Management Schools list. Savannah Tech is a small public school located in the midsize city of Savannah.

Savannah Tech undergraduate students pay an average of $5,422 in tuition and fees each year.

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#19

Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe, NM
$4,605 Average Tuition & Fees

Santa Fe Community College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Hospitality Management Schools ranking. SFCC is a small public school located in the suburb of Santa Fe.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SFCC are $4,605 per year.

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#20

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
$5,636 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #20, Gwinnett Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for hospitality management students. GTC is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville.

GTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,636 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at GTC take out is $11,585. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $120, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees

Columbia Southern University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Columbia Southern University undergraduate students pay an average of $5,655 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,271 Average Tuition & Fees

Sinclair Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value hospitality management programs. Located in the city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Sinclair Community College are $7,271 per year. While working on their degree, hospitality majors at Sinclair Community College accumulate an average of around $10,290 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $106.

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#23

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
$9,383 Average Tuition & Fees

Valencia College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Valencia College is a very large public school located in the large city of Orlando.

Valencia College undergraduate students pay an average of $9,383 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Valencia College carry an average student debtload of $11,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $114.

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$5,440 Average Tuition & Fees

Genesee Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Hospitality Management Schools ranking. GCC is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Batavia.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GCC are $5,440 per year.

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$6,706 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #25, Milwaukee Area Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for hospitality management students. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, MATC is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MATC are $6,706 per year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Hospitality Management Schools

#27

Oakland Community College

Bloomfield Hills, MI
#29

Finger Lakes Community College

Canandaigua, NY
#31

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
#32

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, ME
#34

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#38

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
#45

Onondaga Community College

Syracuse, NY
#46

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA
#48

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#50

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Hospitality Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 347 different United States hospitality management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cleary University Howell, MI
51 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Hospitality Management students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Hospitality Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
53 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY
53 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
55 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
56 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
57 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
57 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
59 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
60 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
60 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
62 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
63 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
64 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA
65 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
66 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
67 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
68 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
69 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC

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.

  • 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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