Who We Are

Our business education is nearly 100 years in the making.

At The School of Hotel Administration, we’re continuing to push the boundaries of what it means to be in the business of hospitality. That’s why our alumni flourish as global leaders and innovators in any business, but especially in the world of hospitality and real estate. Together, our alumni and faculty make us the hub of the hospitality industry. That’s why we have more than a seat at the table. We host the table.


The Hotelie Difference

Our faculty and alumni are the influencers and innovators of the hospitality industry. They are the pioneers and trailblazers who are engineering new possibilities for the future of our business. And they’re all deeply connected by our successful Hotelie community. While there are many advantages to earning a degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, below are a few that we’re particularly proud to call our own.

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Our Business is Hospitality

Hospitality touches every business and every venture. At SHA, you’ll develop a strong business acumen that is enhanced by our shared passion for hospitality. This ensures that our alumni are the leaders and visionaries that are pushing the boundaries of what it means to lead the business of hospitality.

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Real Estate is a Foundation

Real estate is more than making the deal – it’s understanding the value of your assets. We teach you how to uncover this value through a robust real estate foundation that’s designed to prepare you for the financial and transactional side of hospitality. This is the cornerstone of our education.

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Data is Our Guide

As use of data continues to become more widespread, demands for more curated or personalized experiences will drive revenue models and business strategies. You’ll learn how to understand, analyze, and use data to make impactful strategic decisions that will guide the future of the industry.

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Rooted in Innovation

No matter your area or interest or passion, the SHA experience will transform you into a dynamic leader. We’ll develop your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and build your emotional intelligence so you’ll become a versatile professional who is empowered to be a catalyst for innovation.


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Our Hotelie Experience

We are the first and only program of its kind – one that artfully crafts an experience that combines strategic business principles with the spirit and the language of hospitality. Our curriculum is driven by experiential learning – meaning that learning happens beyond your books. Our experience is further supported by a dedicated alumni network of Hotelies who are eager to connect and support our students. Faculty are also a big part of our community, and they are deeply committed to our students in ways that ensure our graduates leave Cornell prepared to make an impact.


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Our Pioneering Faculty

It’s hard to say which will impress you more – our faculty’s unbelievable resumes, or their willingness to help you. Award-winning researchers, scholars, and practitioners, SHA’s brain trust of industry giants and experts are also approachable, thoughtful, and interested in what you have to say. They’re a big part of our community, and passionately committed to your education and career success.

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The School of Hotel Administration is distinctive and exemplary in the way it unites a hospitality and business education.

As a pioneer in hospitality for nearly 100 years, and as the only Ivy League program of its kind, SHA continues to cultivate industry leaders and innovators that passionately push the boundaries of service and excellence.