Best Hospitality colleges in Florida

Why a degree in hospitality?

Have you ever thought about working on a cruise ship or helping people book vacations? What about managing a hotel chain in Mexico or a casino in Vegas? You can finally turn that interest in vacationing into a career.

What hospitality degree options exist?

With an improving economy, domestic and world travel are gaining in popularity. The industry has been on the rise over the past decade, increasing at a rate of 17%*. It also accounts for almost 10% of the U.S. job market and supports over 14 million jobs*.

So go see a few more beaches and sip a little more wine. You may work longer hours than the average Joe since people vacation 365 days a year. But when you finally get your vacation, you won’t even have to leave the office.

* World Travel and Tourism Council, Research Inforgraphics
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth in the hospitality industry

Best Hospitality colleges in Florida for 2021

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Florida International University offers 10 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,041 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 859 Bachelor's degrees, and 182 Master's degrees.

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If you’re planning a career in the hospitality industry, it makes sense to choose a college near a vacation mecca. With 62 million visitors in 2014, Orlando certainly fits the bill. Located in the heart of this city’s tourist district, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management boasts neighbors such as Walt Disney World Resort, Sea World Adventure Park, top hotels on International Drive, and the Orange County Convention Center. (UCF’s main campus is about 30 miles away.) As might be expected, opportunities for internships, networking, and future employment abound (not to mention quite a few behind-the-scenes tours). In addition to the university’s ties within the industry, hospitality students aid their own cause by hosting a career fair each semester. Putting their classroom knowledge to good use, they handle every aspect of the event – marketing, décor, theme, and even the lunch menu! The 159,000-square-foot, Mediterranean resort-style campus itself is a site to behold. The largest facility ever built for hospitality management education, highlights include a 200-seat training dining room and bar, a beer and wine laboratory, two test kitchens, and a 400-seat auditorium. Faculty members represent more than 17 different countries, and many of them have held executive roles in restaurants, hotels, and theme parks. This diversity provides a valuable global perspective. And for students who themselves aspire to be industry scholars and researchers, UCF offers a top-notch doctoral program in hospitality management.

Valencia College
Orlando, FL

Valencia College offers 10 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 488 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 332 Certificates, and 156 Associate's degrees.

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Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University offers 2 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 220 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 220 Bachelor's degrees.

Florida Gulf Coast University offers 1 Hospitality degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 215 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 215 Bachelor's degrees.

St Petersburg College
Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College offers 5 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 124 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 101 Certificates, and 23 Associate's degrees.

Miami Dade College
Miami, FL

Miami Dade College offers 7 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 109 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 71 Certificates, and 38 Associate's degrees.

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

University of Florida offers 3 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 70 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 62 Bachelor's degrees, and 8 Master's degrees.

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Florida Atlantic University offers 4 Hospitality degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 114 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 57 Bachelor's degrees, and 57 Certificates.

The University of West Florida offers 1 Hospitality degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 48 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 48 Bachelor's degrees.

List of all Hospitality colleges in Florida

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Florida International University Logo Florida International University Miami, FL
2/5
46 : 1 58,711
University of Central Florida Logo University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
2/5
44 : 1 69,402
Valencia College Logo Valencia College Orlando, FL
2/5
77 : 1 47,940
Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Logo Johnson & Wales University-North Miami North Miami, FL
5/5
28 : 1 1,309
Florida State University Logo Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
2/5
27 : 1 42,450
Florida Gulf Coast University Logo Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
2/5
30 : 1 14,977
St Petersburg College Logo St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
2/5
85 : 1 28,853
Miami Dade College Logo Miami Dade College Miami, FL
2/5
73 : 1 51,679
AI Miami International University of Art and Design Logo AI Miami International University of Art and Design Miami, FL
4/5
110 : 1 1,104
Hillsborough Community College Logo Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
2/5
75 : 1 22,404
University of Florida Logo University of Florida Gainesville, FL
2/5
21 : 1 52,407
University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee Logo University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota, FL
2/5
25 : 1 2,207
Florida State College at Jacksonville Logo Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
2/5
70 : 1 24,605
Florida Atlantic University Logo Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
2/5
36 : 1 30,061
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Logo Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
4/5
16 : 1 19,567
Pensacola State College Logo Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
2/5
57 : 1 9,713
Broward College Logo Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
2/5
107 : 1 38,976
Schiller International University Logo Schiller International University Largo, FL
3/5
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Indian River State College Logo Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
2/5
69 : 1 16,942
Lynn University Logo Lynn University Boca Raton, FL
5/5
24 : 1 3,247

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