Discover the Cornell Nolan School:

The World’s Premier Hospitality Management School

If you want to be the best, learn with the best. At the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, we’ve been pioneering, reimagining, and perfecting hospitality management for a century, pushing boundaries in the pursuit of excellence. Our AACSB-accredited hotel administration degree immerses you in a business education infused with the spirit of hospitality — an unforgettable experience combining classroom instruction with hands-on practice, and the only Ivy League program of its kind. You’ll join the ranks of our proud Hotelie community, which includes foremost hoteliers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, travel gurus, and technologists in the largest, most exciting industries around the globe.

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A historic $50 million gift from Peter Nolan ’80, MBA ’82, and Stephanie Nolan ’84 will establish the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration.


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Dean Walsh outlines preliminary action items for the Nolan School, which include new training requirements and seminars, curriculum improvements, and a commitment to improve Black representation in industry-focused programming.


Live Smarter: It's up to all o us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Welcome Back to Campus

Welcome students, faculty, and staff! We’re thrilled to have our community back on campus after successful remote semesters. Stay up-to-date on how all of us on campus can keep each other safe from COVID-19.


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Why Study at the Nolan School?

Simply put, our hospitality management programs provide the greatest student experience you’ll find out there: A thorough business education and a life-changing experience, backed by Cornell SC Johnson College of Business expertise and Ivy League educational excellence. If you have creativity and a passion for service, we’ll help you develop skills, knowledge, and an unmatched network to succeed in your career of choice.

Why You Should Choose The Nolan School

What Our Students Say

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“I chose to attend SHA [Nolan School] because of its world-class instruction, alumni network, and great post-graduation opportunities. SHA [Nolan School] is the best hospitality school in the world not just because of what we learn but how we interact with other students, professors, and alumni.” – Hannah MacDonald ‘22

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“I really like how SHA [Nolan School] encourages independent work and exploration. I wasn’t sure what field I wanted to go into, but opportunities like HLDP, working at Statler, and the hands-on experience attached to the course work allowed me to explore different areas of the industry.” – Jenniviv Bansah ‘22

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“Through the exposure to fields like finance, real estate, and development in my classes and clubs, I was able to unlock a different career interest. Having such a wide variety of opportunities for career and professional development has truly allowed me to explore so many fields that I had no knowledge of prior to Cornell.” – Kyra Roach ‘22

Alumni Highlights

Service Excellence in All They Do

Nolan School alumni are a powerful, global network of more than 15,000 Hotelies in every imaginable hospitality industry, united by their dedication to making a difference in others’ lives through service excellence. Whether they work in technology, real estate, food and beverage management, hotel management, or other fields in the business of hospitality, they are leading with innovation, emotional intelligence, and a passion for service.

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Biography for Elizabeth Blau ’97

Recalling the impact of the Nolan School on her illustrious career in the hospitality industry, alumna Elizabeth Blau said, "SHA [Nolan School] truly changed the course of my professional career! The access to students, faculty, alumni and an extraordinary host of guest speakers is incomparable!"

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Biography for Keith Barr ’92

"My time at SHA [Nolan School] gave me a deep understanding of the hospitality industry that was underpinned by a comprehensive business curriculum and helped me form critical industry relationships," said Keith Barr, Nolan School alum and CEO of IHG Hotels and Resorts. "These factors combined to set me on the path to be a successful leader in business."


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Biography for CHRISTINA HEGGIE ’10

Christina Heggie '10, is currently Global Partnerships Lead for Google Travel, she believes the Nolan School has impacted her entire career. "Attending the Hotel School [Nolan School] expanded my purview, jump started my career, and established my skill sets of communication, problem solving, and people management that I’ve used throughout life since," Heggie said.

Jess Petitt ’05

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Biography for Jess Petitt ’05

"The Hotel School [Nolan School] helped me build a connection between what matters most - the spirit of hospitality and taking care of fellow team members - and how I could make a difference by pursuing my strengths in understanding complex problems through data. Every year I come back to recruit that mix of passion and analytical rigor and am constantly impressed."

The Nolan School’s Industry-Leading Hospitality Business Programs

The Nolan School offers hospitality degrees and programs to fit any stage of your career, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, or an executive professional seeking to sharpen your knowledge of a certain field or industry. Access Bachelor of Science, Master’s, PhD, and executive education custom and online program offerings below.

BS in Hotel Administration


Our signature Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration undergraduate AACSB-accredited degree offers a variety of hospitality management courses, including real estate, marketing, finance, operations, and more.

Your entrée into a fulfilling career in the world’s most exciting industry, our hotel administration degree is a rewarding, fully rounded student experience that melds classroom instruction with relevant hands-on experience to put your learning into practice. The full-time, residential program is conducted on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York.

Master’s & PhD Programs


Our unique, Ivy League master’s programs seamlessly tie a rigorous business education into the context of hospitality, accelerating your career in hospitality, and preparing you to become a leading force in the industry. The Nolan School’s master’s programs include a Master of Management in Hospitality, Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate, and Master of Science in Hotel Administration. Or, take your MS degree in Hotel Administration one step further with the PhD in Hotel Administration. Time requirements of these individual graduate degrees vary.

Custom Programs

Executive Education

Experience Cornell excellence, with carefully focused content designed specifically for the global hospitality professional. Whether you want to study as an individual or sign up a team from your organization, we guide you through the process and ensure you find the perfect program for your unique needs.

To provide you with the highest level of convenience, we offer three modes of instruction. Choose classroom programs on Cornell’s campus, where you can network with industry peers and world-class Cornell faculty. Select online learning to study and network with peers from around the world. Or opt for custom programs to tailor content to your organization’s specific needs — you can study on the Cornell campus, or have our faculty teach at your facility.

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Nolan School Faculty: Expert Instructors, Practitioners, and Researchers

Nolan School faculty are distinguished industry specialists and thought leaders who focus directly on research that benefits the hospitality industry, whether it’s real estate, finance, services management, human resources, food and beverage management, or organizational behavior. Expert and caring instructors, they prepare students to be emotionally intelligent, culturally aware, skilled, and technologically proficient professionals dedicated to delivering service excellence.



Centers and Institutes for Industry Innovation

Designed to promote industry growth and enrich the educational curriculum, the Nolan School’s six centers and institutes provide exceptional opportunities for students to work directly with our corporate members via research and internships, putting their learning into practice: Center for Hospitality Research, Center for Real Estate and Finance, Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, Cornell Institute for Food and Beverage Management, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Leadership.


Nolan School News & Insights

January 3, 2022

Use business research and expertise to start the year off right

Expert tips from Cornell SC Johnson College of Business faculty to help you enter 2022 with your best foot forward

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December 14, 2021

Building a Sustainable Future: How Hotels are Blending Design and Technology for a Greener Tomorrow

The global hotel construction pipeline has reached a record high, and consumers are asking developers and brands to consider sustainable construction and design initiatives.

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December 13, 2021

The Cruise Industry Faces Challenges with Optimism

Experts and industry leaders joined Dean Kate Walsh to discuss factors in restarting the cruise industry, in the wake of COVID-19.

Campus and Virtual Tour: The Nolan School’s Immersive Hospitality Experience in New York

Visit us or take a virtual tour to see how our school of hospitality can transform your life and set you on course to an exciting, rewarding career. Experience the culture of an Ivy League university and see how the Nolan School has pioneered education and innovation in hospitality, the world’s largest industry. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cornell campus, the Nolan School is located among the hills and gorges of Ithaca, consistently named one of the best college towns in the US.

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See Where the Nolan School Can Take You: Apply Now

Take the first step toward a rewarding, fulfilling career in the world’s largest and most versatile industry. Experience the Nolan School’s expert instruction, hands-on learning, outstanding student experience, challenging but caring faculty, and loyal Hotelie community. Add Cornell credentials and our century of shaping hospitality education, and you have the best start to your adventure in hospitality management.

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