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2022 Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools

629 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 629 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs 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 analysis found Florida International University to be the most popular school for hospitality management students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the large 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Central Florida. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large 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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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 medium-sized city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public college 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

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

The excellent programs at Valencia College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best hospitality management schools in the United States. 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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#5

University of Houston

Houston, TX

The excellent programs at University of Houston helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best hospitality management schools in the United States. 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 #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Cal Poly Pomona is a very large public school located in the large 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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#7

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public school 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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Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools 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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Northern Arizona University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #9 on the list. NAU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

On average, hospitality graduates from NAU take out $21,167 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $220, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very 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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#11

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 #11 on the list. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize 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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New York City College of Technology came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools ranking. Located in the city of Brooklyn, City Tech is a public school with a 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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#13

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #13 on the list. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the 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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#14

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

Central Texas College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for hospitality management students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Killeen, Central Texas College is a public college with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #15, Sinclair Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for hospitality management students. Located in the medium-sized city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a large student population.

After completing their degree, hospitality graduates from Sinclair Community College carry an average student debt load of $10,290. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $107.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. UofSC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

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With a ranking of #17, Johnson & Wales University - Providence did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for hospitality management students. Located in the city of Providence, JWU Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-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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Culinary Institute of America landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the suburb of Hyde Park, The Culinary Institute of America is a private not-for-profit school 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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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, IUPUI is a public school with a very large student population.

Hospitality majors at IUPUI take out an average of $22,221 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $231.

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#20

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population.

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#21

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University landed the #21 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the suburb of Fort Myers, FGCU is a public college with a large student population.

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Washington State University landed the #22 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Kapiolani Community College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. Kapiolani CC is a moderately-sized public school located in the 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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#24

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #24 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular hospitality management programs. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Iowa State University ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Hospitality Management Schools list. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly 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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#26

Monroe College

Bronx, NY
#28

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL
#30

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#32

Boston University

Boston, MA
#34

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
#36

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV
#38

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
#39

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#41

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, CO
#42

New York University

New York, NY
#45

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#47

Cypress College

Cypress, CA
#48

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#49

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest 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 629 different United States hospitality management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
52 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
53 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
54 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
55 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
56 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
57 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
58 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
58 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
58 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
61 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
61 National University College Bayamon, PR
63 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
64 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
65 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
65 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
65 George Washington University Washington, DC
68 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
68 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
70 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
70 Universidad del Este Carolina, PR
72 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
73 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
74 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
74 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
76 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
77 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
78 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
78 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
78 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
81 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
81 University of Mississippi University, MS
81 Brigham Young University - Hawaii Laie, HI
81 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA
85 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
85 Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
85 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
88 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
89 Buffalo State Buffalo, NY
89 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
91 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
91 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
91 University of South Carolina - Beaufort Bluffton, SC
94 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
94 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
94 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

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
97 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
97 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
99 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
100 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA
101 Stratford University Fairfax, VA
101 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
101 National Louis University Chicago, IL
101 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
105 Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
106 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
106 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
108 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
108 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
108 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
111 Auburn University Auburn, AL
112 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
112 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
114 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
115 Institute of Culinary Education New York, NY
116 Endicott College Beverly, MA
116 University of Denver Denver, CO
118 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce, PR
118 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
120 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
120 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
120 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
120 DePaul University Chicago, IL
120 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
125 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
125 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY

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.

  • 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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