Launching Your Hospitality Career with Cornell

Start with a premier bachelor’s degree from the acknowledged leader in hospitality education, proven industry knowledge and skills, and the confidence to lead in business. Add expert career guidance and resources, a far-reaching network of industry influencers, and the powerful Cornellian alumni community. The Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration provides the comprehensive preparation you need to explore careers, find the best path for your passions, and launch your career in the largest, most exciting industry in the world.

Nolan School Undergraduate Career Success by the Numbers

Here’s a quick look at the employability and job prospects for Nolan School undergraduates, based on the most recently graduated Nolan School class for which we have comprehensive data.

*from class of ’20 graduates

93%

received offers within four months of graduation

$69,394

average base salary

$14,958

average combined bonus

29%

employed in the financial services industry

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Nolan School Career Paths Lead to Every Corner of Hospitality

With the broad-based, comprehensive business preparation you get at The Nolan School, you can choose from a huge range of hospitality management careers — both traditional and off the beaten path.

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Top Nolan School Employers

From Fortune 500 corporations to nonprofit organizations to entrepreneurial startups, our graduates find rewarding careers in hospitality and every part of the business landscape. Some of the more recognizable employer names include Amazon, Bain & Co., BCG, Blackstone, CBRE, EY, Four Seasons, Fulcrum, Goldman Sachs, Hilton, JLL, J.P.Morgan, Marriott International, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, PWC, Wings.

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Nolan School Graduates: Bright Job Prospects with Promising Post-Graduation Career Outcomes

When you graduate with a bachelor’s degree from The Nolan School with superlative knowledge and skills and proven practical experience, you’re one of the most employable new prospects on the job market. Our graduates are sought — and well-compensated — by employers in many industries, in a huge range of organizations.

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See What the Nolan School Student and Alumni Experience Is Like

Christina Heggie '10

Global Partnerships Lead, Travel, Google
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Biography for Christina Heggie '10

“Attending The 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.”

Jenniviv Bansah ’22

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Biography for Jenniviv Bansah ’22

“The skills you attain at The Nolan School are transferable to any industry. I developed an action plan on skills I wanted to gain from The Nolan School, leveraged those skills during interviews, and secured the opportunity to intern at Google. And, it all happened because the school planned a career immersion trip to SF!”

Jess Petitt ’05

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

“The 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.”

Hannah MacDonald ’22

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Biography for Hannah MacDonald ’22

“The HADM electives reflect the wide variety of careers in the hospitality industry. Taking restaurant development showed me an opportunity in food and beverage that was more analytical than the traditional path.”

Elizabeth Blau ’97

CEO, Blau + Associates
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Biography for Elizabeth Blau ’97

“The 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!”

Kyra Roach ’22

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Biography for Kyra Roach ’22

“Even if you aren't sure what your career goals are for after graduation, The Nolan School is the perfect place to explore and figure that out. Our curriculum, alumni network, extracurriculars, and larger community are so vast and diverse — there is nothing that Hotelies can't do!”

Keith Barr '92

CEO, IHG Hotels and Resorts
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Biography for Keith Barr '92

“My time at The 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.”

Caleb Trieu ’23

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Biography for Caleb Trieu ’23

"The Nolan School has allowed me to explore all different facets of hospitality and embrace having a diversity of career experiences. I have interests in real estate, hotel operations, consulting, airlines...the list goes on and on. Despite having so many interests, the Nolan School career management team always helps me find opportunities that best fit my background and allow me to try new industries. Because of my courses and projects at The Nolan School, I'm able to showcase how hospitality is the essence of any type of business. The Nolan School's unique approach to hospitality allows me to continue my goal of having diverse experiences.”

Our Hotelie students and alumni, some of the brightest, most innovative hospitality management professionals you’ll find anywhere, carve their own niche in a wide range of industry segments the world over. Take a look at how they continue to shape the industry and push its boundaries.


Unrivaled Resources and Guidance to Help Plan and Manage Your Career

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The Nolan School provides you with access to experienced industry leaders and programs designed to catapult you into the working world. Through The Nolan School’s connections and preparation, you will succeed.


​​Leading Hospitality Networking Opportunities

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Networking is the most effective way to learn about career paths and organizations, develop contacts, and uncover the hidden job market. Effective networking can significantly enhance your career prospects. You may already be a great networker, but everyone can use some help, and the Career Management team offers many useful tools.

What Recruiters Are Saying

The reputation of Nolan School alums precedes them. Companies want to work with the intelligent, innovative, and hardworking individuals that graduate with a degree from The Nolan School.

“We love hiring Nolan School students because of their dedication and drive to succeed. We find their passion for hotels an excellent fit for our company and know that investing in them early will be a benefit for both them and our organization for years to come.”

– Sarah D’Angelo, Senior Manager, University Relations & Recruiting

“Pebblebrook greatly values our relationship with the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration, and we look forward to meeting the prospective candidates every year. Knowing the curriculum provides students with the fundamental building blocks for the hospitality real estate industry, we can focus on finding the best fit for our company culture. As a company with many Cornell graduates, we have been impressed by the success of past students and are excited for the new knowledge the future students will bring.”

– Zoe LaClair, Director


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Career Treks: Visit Companies in Hospitality Hubs to Learn and Network

These career-focused journeys, offered to first- and second-year students in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, afford a great opportunity to explore careers in hospitality and build connections with firms. Held during the winter break and led by the Career Management team, these “insider experiences” let you visit employers and alumni on-site to learn about roles, responsibilities, and company cultures to better inform your own career development.

Past Undergraduate Career Treks

Real estate career trek to Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, MD

Real estate career trek to Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, MD

Hospitality career trek to New York City

Hospitality career trek to New York City

Data analytics career trek to San Francisco

Data analytics career trek to San Francisco

Consumer goods career trek to Minneapolis

Consumer goods career trek to Minneapolis


Dedicated Career Management Staff and Resources for Undergraduates

As a Nolan School student, you have a wealth of career guidance and assistance through two powerful, complementary career management offices. The Nolan School’s career experts offer industry-focused resources and connections, while the professionals at Cornell Career Services can tap into the broader opportunities of the vast university network.

Connect with Nolan School Career Management

180 Statler Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 607.255.5182 | Email: Careers@business.cornell.edu

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Connect with Cornell Career Services

103 Barnes Hall Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 607.255.5296 | Email: career@cornell.edu

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