Best Hospitality colleges in Rochester

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 Rochester for 2021

RIT’s commitment to hands-on education shines in its Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The undergrad major – which includes concentrations in food and beverage management, international food marketing and distribution, entertainment and event management, and international hotel and resort management -- requires students to combine 1,200 hours of practical cooperative education experience with classroom theory. The institution maintains corporate connections with the likes of Kraft Foods, Dove Chocolate, Hampton Inns, and The Walt Disney Company, to name just a few. Alumni also are eager to “pay it forward” by taking students under their wings. The campus itself is home to Henry’s Restaurant, a fully-operational fine-dining establishment located on the same floor as the department that enables students to experience what it takes to run all aspects of a business. Students also manage all the logistics and details for RIT’s Puttin’ on the RITz gala and fundraiser, a tradition since 1986. Other highlights include helping with the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Rochester and an annual trip with faculty to the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show in New York City.

Widener University
Chester, PA

Widener University offers 3 Hospitality degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 21 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 18 Bachelor's degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

SUNY College at Brockport offers 2 Hospitality degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 25 Hospitality students graduated with students earning 25 Bachelor's degrees.

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List of all Hospitality colleges in Rochester

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Rochester Institute of Technology Logo Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
16 : 1 16,254
Widener University Logo Widener University Chester, PA
24 : 1 6,496
SUNY College at Brockport Logo SUNY College at Brockport Brockport, NY
23 : 1 7,924
Monroe Community College Logo Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
43 : 1 11,572
Finger Lakes Community College Logo Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY
50 : 1 5,649
Rochester Community and Technical College Logo Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
47 : 1 4,944