In a few short weeks, we will welcome 158 freshmen and 65 internal and external transfer students to the most incredible educational and student experience anywhere in the world. Our new students are diverse not only in terms of cultural identity and geography (representing 24 countries) but in their talents, work experience, and accomplishments. Their interests run the gamut, including tech and e-commerce, aviation, finance and real estate, hotels, food and beverage, senior living, sports and entertainment, and entrepreneurship. One student created an app for his high school’s store. Another published a book, and a third is a food blogger. Through it all, their passion for hospitality runs deep.
In fact, with our faculty’s input in selecting our students, this passion is one of the hallmarks of our admissions process. Eighty-two percent of our incoming freshmen and all of our external transfer students are arriving with hospitality experience. We develop it here in Ithaca as well. Over the past nine years, Mark ’87, MMH ’98 and Reneta ’84, MPS ’01 McCarthy’s Cornell Summer College course, Hotel Operations Management: Tactics for Profitability, has inspired an average of 25 students a year to enroll in the Hotel School. This year, lecturer Chris Gaulke has launched a second Summer College course, Entrepreneurship and Concept Development in the Food and Beverage Industry, attracting 51 students. We may be welcoming some of them to Statler Hall next year, too!
Thank you for all you do to encourage the best and brightest to apply to our school. As our alumni, you play such an important role in helping to get the word out about our fabulous school, and then you welcome them even before they arrive on campus! Our partnership with you continues to be one of the keys to our success, and we are grateful for it.
From all of us at Statler Hall, all the best to you and your family for an enjoyable rest of the summer. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for a visit sometime soon!
With warm regards,
Kate Walsh, PhD
Dean and E. M. Statler Professor
School of Hotel Administration