Discover Hospitality Management: Our Hotel Administration Degree

For a century, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) has been pioneering and reimagining hospitality management. SHA’s research and teaching continue to push boundaries in the pursuit of service excellence. As a hotel administration major, you’ll be immersed in a business education infused with the spirit of hospitality – an unforgettable learning experience combining classroom instruction with hands-on practice. You’ll join the only Ivy League program of its kind and enjoy the camaraderie of our proud Hotelie community, which counts the world’s foremost hoteliers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, travel connoisseurs, and technologists among its ranks. Earn an AACSB-accredited, business-focused hotel administration degree in the world’s largest, most exciting industry, offering a wide range of rewarding careers.Undergraduate degree icon


Highlights of Our Hospitality Management Program

Student Profile

48% Women, 18% Underrepresented Minorities, 32 Countries 

Clubs and Organizations

23 at SHA; 1,000+ at Cornell; 11% Study Abroad

Career Trajectory

Average Base Salary: $69K. Full-time Job Offers: 93%

Alumni Network

Hotel Alumni: 13K; 45K Business School Alumni; Cornell Alumni: 325K


Our Hotel Administration Degree: Learning Goals

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Graduates of our BS in Hotel Administration can apply fundamental business principles to analyze situations in a diverse hospitality management context. They have a command of written and verbal professional communications and interact effectively with diverse teams. They are ethical business leaders and hospitality professionals with the self-knowledge required for ongoing personal and professional development as business leaders in the hospitality industry.


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Why Study Hospitality Management at SHA?

There are many advantages to earning a hotel administration degree at SHA, starting with our immersive experience in the business of hospitality. Our approach pairs traditional coursework with hands-on experiential opportunities. No matter what corner of the industry interests you, we prepare you for career success with a strong foundation of business skills, crucial real-estate knowledge, strategy informed by data, and the pursuit of innovation.

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Hospitality Management Academics

We combine the best of both worlds: a focused core curriculum to give you the essential business and hospitality-management skills, with the flexibility to take advantage of Cornell’s liberal arts offerings. You can complete two-thirds of your major coursework within your first two years, exploring the breadth of hospitality so you can discover your passions early on.

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Student Life at SHA

An Unparalleled Student Experience that Affords You a Clear Career Advantage

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When you join the SHA hospitality management degree program and the Hotelie community, you also enjoy all that Cornell has to offer — from its richly diverse community to unlimited venues to explore your interests. As a Hotelie, you can focus on research, study abroad, gain real management experience, and sample all aspects of the hospitality industry. It’s an unmatched student experience that gives you an enviable career advantage.


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Hospitality Management & Hotel Administration Careers

Your Hospitality and Hotel Administration Career Awaits

Much more than a traditional hospitality management degree, SHA’s hotel administration degree prepares you with the essential business knowledge and skills, the strong foundation in real estate, and the hands-on experience to be a confident, effective professional. With a hospitality management degree from SHA, you’re ready for career success in any industry.

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SHA Admissions

You’re here because you’re interested in a career in hospitality management, and we want to ensure that SHA will provide the right fit for you. We welcome bright, hardworking candidates who are ready to devote themselves to the pursuit of service excellence — and to each other. Familiarize yourself with our hospitality management program and our admissions requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Aid at SHA

Enrolling at SHA is an important investment in your future. Cornell is committed to need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid. This means we welcome students based on their merits and support those who lack the means to afford an education. In the spirit of founder Ezra Cornell, we don’t want a lack of funding to hinder promising futures. Access financing resources, monetary awards, and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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SHA is the first step to success in your hospitality career. With our rigorous academic coursework, experiential learning opportunities, unmatched student experience, challenging and supportive faculty, and the tight-knit Hotelie community all backed by an Ivy League pedigree and Cornell credentials the start of your successful career in hospitality management is only a click away.


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