UofSC Ranked Top Hospitality & Tourism Management School for 4th Consecutive Year – UofSC News & Events



The University of South Carolina continues to support the state’s largest industry by preparing future leaders with one of the best hospitality and tourism management degree programs in the nation. For the fourth consecutive year, the university’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management is ranked among the nation’s top 10 schools for hospitality and tourism management.

ShanghaiRanking’s 2022 Global Academic Subject Rankings – Hospitality and Tourism Management ranks South Carolina No. 1 among universities in the Southeastern Conference, No. 9 in the United States, and No. 18 in the world.

The rankings, which include more than 250 U.S. programs and more than 500 worldwide, are based on research output and influence, international collaboration, research quality, international academic awards, and a survey of more than 6 000 professors from 100 universities.

The University of South Carolina’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program is led by its School of Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, part of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management of the University. The school offers bachelor’s degrees in hotel management and tourism management, a master’s degree in international hotel and tourism management, and a doctorate. in hotel management. It also offers areas of study in Food and Beverage Management, Tourism Management, Hotel and Resort Management, and Meetings and Events Management, as well as a specialization in Club Management.

“Our hotel, restaurant and tourism management school remains committed to providing a powerful learning arena where passionate students, inspiring teachers and industry leaders come together to advance our field,” says David Cardenas, Acting Dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. “This year, we expanded and strengthened our faculty and partnerships to meet the school’s continued enrollment growth. As the industry continues to rebound from the pandemic, students graduating from one of the top 10 programs in the country will be in high demand, and we are confident they will continue to shine. »

Excellence in education

  • The School of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism Management houses five research centers that stimulate industrial innovation and economic growth.
  • The school has a range of international partnerships to support global industry education and research, including study abroad partnerships in Aruba and the Galapagos Islands.
  • The curriculum combines a solid grounding in business fundamentals like accounting, marketing and management with specialized courses in a wide range of courses in industry disciplines such as event planning, tourism, food management and beverages, hotel operations and many more.
  • Students get hands-on experience through the school’s internship program, career development opportunities, industry immersion, and hands-on curriculum in the school’s J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Culinary Lab and Learning Lab of the management of McCutchen House restaurants.
  • The school added Tom Mullikin, Order of the Saw Palmetto winner and renowned ecotourism expert to his faculty in 2022 as a professor of practice in tourism management.
  • Faculty Member Marketa Kubickova was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hospitality Educators in the World for 2021 by the International Hospitality Institute.
  • Faculty Member Lori Pennington-Gray became the first UofSC faculty member to be named a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 2021, one of the highest academic honors in the field of tourism.
  • Two school studentsI are among only 12 nationally in 2022 to receive the prestigious Joe Perdue scholarship of the Club Management Association of America. South Carolina is the only university to have two recipients this year.
  • school students won the $25,000 Competitive Excellence Scholarship from the Statler Foundation in each of the past three years.
  • Recent Graduates have accepted executive and management positions at Marriott, Disney, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Augusta National Golf Club, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Expedia, Experience Columbia SC, Sea Island Company, the Grand Bohemian Lodge Greenville and Visit Greenville, among many others.

Impact on industry

  • Tourism is South Carolina’s largest industry. In 2020, it brought in $18.5 billion to the state, generating $1.8 billion in state and local taxes.
  • tourism and hospitality account for approximately 1 in 10 jobs in South Carolina.
  • Hotel occupancy in South Carolina averaged 66.83% in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 49.76% in the fourth quarter of 2021, showing a strong and steady recovery from the pandemic.
  • A team of researchers of the department recently won a $144,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to create and deliver three cutting-edge online training courses to meet the needs of South Carolina businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry after the pandemic.
  • Tourism and the hotel industry make up more than 8% of the gross domestic product of the United States.
  • industry is the fifth largest employer in the United States

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