Welcome Class of 2016 and the new MMH Class

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Global and Diverse Class of 2016

When classes began on August 22, SHA staff and faculty welcomed 245 new students: 177 freshmen and 68 transfer students. Collectively, the members of this incoming class share academic strength and a strong interest in hospitality.
While the racial diversity and number of international students of the incoming class increased from years past, there were no other major changes from past classes’ profiles. Approximately 27 percent are international, with students representing Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey. Men and women are enrolled in equal numbers; 89 percent are noted to have hospitality work experience.
The School of Hotel Administration receives applications from almost every state in the U.S as well as many foreign countries, resulting in an unusually bright, talented and diverse student body.

New MMH class arrives

The Master of Management in Hospitality Class of 2013 arrived in Ithaca in May, ready to embark on the 12-month, AACSB-accredited master’s program. There are a total of 65 students this year—41 students will stay in Ithaca for the full year, and 24 will spend six months in Ithaca and six months at the Cornell-Nanyang Institute (CNI) in Singapore.

This year’s MMH class comes from 18 countries on four continents: Canada, China, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macao, Russia, United States, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and Venezuela. U.S. students represent ten different states. The group has an average of 3.2 years of full-time hospitality experience. The average age of the students is 27, and participants’ ages range from 22 to 45 years old.

Like an MBA, the MMH degree prepares students to be theory-based, action-oriented leaders of executive management teams and entrepreneurial ventures. MMH graduates are entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, developers, analysts, consultants, corporate directors, and managers of hotels, resorts, and spas. Access to these alumni generates outstanding career opportunities around the world. To learn more about the MMH program, visit sha.cornell.edu/admissions-programs/graduate/mmh/.

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