Why Choose Resort Management?
If you desire an interesting and dynamic career in tourism, recreation and leisure, choose Resort Management. Resort operations are one of the fastest growing areas in today's economy. Tourism, recreation and leisure support more than 100,000 jobs in Michigan and generate billions in tax revenues at the federal, state and local level. In Kent County alone, vacationers' expenditures approach $150 million annually.
Successful resort operations rely on well-trained managers who use their education, experience and imagination to solve problems. These managers require the broad, cross-discipline background incorporated in the Resort Management program. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in a variety of resort operations. Individual concentrations offer immediate employment upon graduation.
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Resort Management is designed to provide you with the education and background required to gain entry into this field and the ability to ultimately manage one of these fairly large enterprises. Effectively running such an operation requires knowledge of a wide variety of functions ranging from lodging, serving food and beverages, housekeeping, grounds and facility maintenance to activities like golf, tennis, riding, watersports, cruises, casinos and sightseeing. Resort customers are extended-stay guests from long weekends to two or more weeks. These guests demand more individual attention and expect greater ambience than do overnight travelers.
To satisfy these broad requirements, courses are drawn from the Colleges of Business, Technology and Education combining the disciplines of facilities management, hospitality, recreation, marketing, public relations and advertising. These areas have been identified as fundamental to successful resort operations. Internship is strongly recommended.
To assure entry into this broad and diverse field, you select a concentration in Club Management, Special Event and Meeting Planning, Lodging Management, Recreation & Leadership Management, or Sport/Spa or Entertaining Operations. This program complements Restaurant and Food Industry Management, Hotel Management, and Recreation Leadership and Management.
Applicants are expected to meet 3 of the 4 criteria listed below in order to be placed directly into a College of Business bachelor/associate degree program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Deanís Office. High school GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
English ACT of 16 or higher or SAT of 370 or higher
Math ACT of 19 or higher or SAT of 460 or higher
Reading ACT of 19 or higher
Applicants not meeting the above criteria for direct admissions into a specific COB program, but still meeting Ferris State University admissions criteria, will be placed into the College of Business in the Pre-Business program until they meet the admission criteria for the program into which they desire entrance. Transfer student admission criteria can be found on the transfer student webpage.
The Resort Management program at Ferris leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
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Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 591-2385
The College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.)