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2021 Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools

634 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 634 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Hospitality Management program at each school on the list.

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

Our 2021 rankings named University of Central Florida the most popular school in the United States for hospitality management students. UCF is a very large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from UCF carry an average student debt load of $17,503. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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The excellent programs at Florida International University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best hospitality management schools in the United States. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

On average, hospitality graduates from FIU take out $33,290 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $376.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Nevada - Las Vegas is a great place for hospitality management students. Located in the city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, hospitality majors at UNLV accumulate an average of around $31,617 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $356, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ivy Tech Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at Ivy Tech Community College take out is $13,622. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $141.

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#5

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Valencia College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. Valencia College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Orlando.

On average, hospitality graduates from Valencia College take out $11,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $114.

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Hospitality majors at Cornell take out an average of $11,937 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $124.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #7 on the list. UH is a fairly large public school located in the city of Houston.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Cal Poly Pomona is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Pomona.

Hospitality majors at Cal Poly Pomona take out an average of $16,091 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $167.

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Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station.

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New York City College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large city of Brooklyn, City Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at City Tech take out is $12,280. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $127, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Sinclair Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Sinclair Community College carry an average student debt load of $10,290. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $106.

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#12

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from NAU carry an average student debt load of $21,166. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $220, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Culinary Institute of America came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Hyde Park, The Culinary Institute of America is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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

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#14

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Fort Myers, FGCU is a public school with a large student population.

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#15

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

Hospitality majors at Michigan State take out an average of $25,578 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $265.

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#16

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #16 on the list. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at Florida State take out is $21,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $218, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

While working on their degree, hospitality majors at Penn State University Park accumulate an average of around $26,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #18 on the list. UofSC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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Johnson & Wales University - Providence did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, JWU Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Hospitality majors at JWU Providence take out an average of $25,330 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $263.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Hospitality majors at IUPUI take out an average of $22,221 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $230, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Kapiolani Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Kapiolani CC is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Honolulu.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at Kapiolani CC take out is $13,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $135.

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Washington State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at UMass Amherst take out is $23,250. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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Iowa State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that hospitality majors at Iowa State take out is $23,250. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#25

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population.

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#26

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#28

Monroe College

Bronx, NY
#31

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
#33

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
#34

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#35

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#36

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, CO
#38

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#42

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV
#43

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#43

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#46

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#47

Pioneer Pacific College

Wilsonville, OR
#48

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#49

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#49

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 634 different United States hospitality management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
52 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
53 New York University New York, NY
54 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
54 University of Puerto Rico - Carolina Carolina, PR
56 Stratford University Fairfax, VA
57 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
58 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
58 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
60 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
60 Highline College Des Moines, WA
62 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
63 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
64 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
65 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
65 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
65 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
68 National Louis University Chicago, IL
68 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
68 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
68 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
72 Universidad del Este Carolina, PR
73 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
73 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
73 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
73 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
77 University of Mississippi University, MS
78 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
79 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
80 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
81 Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc Guaynabo, PR
82 Buffalo State Buffalo, NY
83 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
84 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
85 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
86 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
87 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
88 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
88 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
88 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
91 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
92 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
92 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota, FL
92 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
95 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
95 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
95 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Hospitality Management students that almost earned our Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
98 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
98 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
100 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
100 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
102 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
102 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
102 Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
105 Brigham Young University - Hawaii Laie, HI
105 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
107 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA
107 Auburn University Auburn, AL
109 Endicott College Beverly, MA
109 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
109 Long Island Business Institute Flushing, NY
109 Ball State University Muncie, IN
113 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
114 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
114 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
114 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
114 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
118 Klamath Community College Klamath Falls, OR
118 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
118 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
121 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
122 Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus Orlando, FL
122 Cypress College Cypress, CA
122 University of South Carolina - Beaufort Bluffton, SC
122 West Los Angeles College Culver City, CA
126 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
126 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
126 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
126 DePaul University Chicago, IL
126 University of Denver Denver, CO
126 Tulsa Technology Center Tulsa, OK

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Bblackpsu.

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