Our Strengths Are Your Advantage

The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration community is shaping the industry – and paving the way for your career

Combining the principles of business with the language of hospitality, our alumni and faculty are the influencers and innovators of the industry. Our pioneers are engineering new possibilities for business – to your advantage.

Your Future Couldn’t be Brighter.

Joining the Cornell Nolan School is the first step on your journey to a rewarding career in the world’s greatest organizations — in more sectors than you can imagine.

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Job Categories: Choose the Nolan School to Launch Your Career in Hospitality


Nolan School graduates working in the hospitality industry may have careers at resorts or restaurants, within resort corporate offices, or consulting on specific projects. Example hospitality careers include:

  • Property – Hospitality Operations
  • Restaurant and Food Services
  • Corporate – Hospitality Operations
  • Hospitality Consulting

Real Estate

A Nolan School education may result in a real estate career. These may include roles as a real estate asset manager, portfolio manager, or analyst, among others. Example real estate careers include:

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Hospitality-Focused Real Estate

Financial Services

The Nolan School prepares students for careers in financial services. Graduates may work as global capital markets analysts, business underwriters, or investment associates, among other roles. Example financial careers include:

  • Investment Banking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Asset Management/Private Equity
  • Private Wealth Management


Tech-focused Nolan School graduates may find employment as financial analysts, vendor managers, or software engineers, among other roles. Example technology careers include:

  • Technology Hospitality Services
  • E-Commerce
  • Business Services, Software/Hardware

Accolades for Our Grads From the Top Names In the Industry

We could tell you how amazing our grads are, but we’ll let their bosses say it in their own words.

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“The combination of Ivy League and a world-class hospitality school is almost impossible for a travel start up to resist! By September, half of Curacity’s team will be made up of Hotelies who have graduated in the last 4 classes. Our first grad, hired 30 months ago, has 3 people reporting to her already.”

Mike Keriakos, Co-Founder

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“SHA [Nolan School] always sends us students who are engaged, excited, and equipped for a successful career in hospitality. These students communicate their passions and aspirations well in interviews, and prove themselves quickly when they join the organization. They are brilliant and contribute to innovation, efficiency, and taking our service to the next level. GO SHA [Nolan School]! Keep up the great work!”

Tuesday Baptiste, Director of People & Culture

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“Wings Over proudly hires SHA [Nolan School] students because many share the same values of service and being good people. The School of Hotel Administration [Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration] has helped shape and develop the culture of Wings Over. The SHA [Nolan School] students that have joined Wings Over, make the company better.”

Dan Leyva, President

Dream Employers

Nolan School alumni are in demand with movers and shakers in a variety of industries, all over the world.

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The Nolan School Industry Advantages: Your Competitive Edge

There are many advantages to earning a degree from the Nolan School, but here are a few that we’re proud to call our own.

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Our Business is Hospitality

At the Nolan School, you develop robust business skills enhanced by a communal passion for hospitality. Central to the Nolan School experience is the belief that service is at the heart of any business, which ensures that our alumni are visionaries pushing the boundaries of the business of hospitality.

Benefit from Our Hospitality

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We don’t teach you the hotel business. We teach you the business of hospitality. No other business school has the specialty that we have. No other hospitality school has our business depth and expertise.

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We offer immersive and experiential learning experiences — students learn by doing. Our hotelies are passionate, energetic, and fun!

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We develop students’ emotional intelligence and teach them how to be service-oriented leaders who make the world a better place.

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Real Estate Is Our Foundation

Much more than just making the deal, real estate means understanding the value of your assets. We’ve designed a robust real estate program to ready you for the financial and transactional side of hospitality. You’ll learn how to invest in business by knowing how to run one yourself.

Real Estate Expertise to Build You Up

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The hospitality industry is rooted in real estate transactions. Hospitality concepts are infused into every successful residential and commercial business. We are the only school in the world with this dual strength.

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Through learning the hospitality business, we teach students how to uncover the value of the physical asset. We teach the building blocks — literally — and in the most engaging ways.


Students not only learn how real estate transactions work, but more importantly, they learn the foundational operational components of how to run a business. Understanding the business principles behind a valuable real estate deal makes our graduates stand out.

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Strategy Is Informed by Data

Competing in today’s market means tapping into exploding volumes of data to deliver more personalized experiences and drive revenue models and business strategies. At the Nolan School, you’ll learn to understand, analyze, and harness data to develop powerful strategies for your organization.

Data Guides Your Growth

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We are leading the way in data analytics and technology for the hospitality industry, and all types of service-focused businesses. Data geeks have a home here!


Our graduates are taught the analytical and quantitative skills necessary to become key industry strategists and start their own businesses.

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Students can access Cornell’s world-class computer science curriculum and in partnership with today’s top service-focused tech firms, we put theory into practice and show you what innovation looks like. We teach tomorrow’s leaders how to leverage all that data can provide.

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Innovation Is a Given

We cultivate visionaries. Entrepreneurs and technophiles from the Nolan School explore new frontiers of the business of hospitality. The Nolan School fosters your knowledge and intuition, sharpens your skills and strategic insights, and gives you the experience and confidence to be a creative, innovative leader in any business.

Be at the Forefront of the Industry


The Nolan School is the first Bachelor of Science hospitality program in the country, founded in 1922. We like to say we went from ‘inn’ to ‘innovation.’  With our premier global reputation, and as part of an Ivy-league institution, we are, in a word, groundbreaking. If you have a passion for developing leading-edge concepts and shifting the paradigm, you belong here!

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If a student has an idea, we have the means to make that idea come alive and turn it into a thriving venture. Students can pitch their ideas as part of The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE) and earn funds to make their plans a reality.

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With an incredible alumni community, who stands ready to support our students, a Nolan School degree enables our graduates to flex, grow, and thrive throughout their careers.  Our alumni, many of whom lead the industry, extend a hand and lift one another up. Hotelies support hotelies. Period.

Nolan School Faculty: Industry Experts and Approachable Mentors

They may be world-class researchers and industry giants, but your professors are also your biggest champions. You’ll find that they’re approachable and passionately committed to your success in college and your career. With expertise in everything from food systems, financial services, and real estate to supply-chain management, data analytics, and AI, our faculty are unparalleled thought leaders who are ready to share their insights with you.

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Alumni Highlights

Elizabeth Blau ’97

Founder and CEO of restaurant development company Blau + Associates
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Biography for Elizabeth Blau ’97

"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!"

Keith Barr ’92

CEO of IHG Hotels and Resorts
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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. These factors combined to set me on the path to be a successful leader in business."

Christina Heggie ’10

Global Partnerships Lead for Google Travel
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Biography for Christina Heggie ’10

"Attending SHA [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."

Jess Petitt ’05

Vice President of Analytics at Hilton
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Biography for Jess Petitt ’05

"SHA [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."

Learn More about Our Programs

Interested in joining the Nolan School? We invite you to explore our business programs and find the perfect one for you.