Why Choose Resort Management?
FSU's exemplary Hospitality Programs offer global experiences and opportunities in the leisure and tourism industry, predicated on a solid business foundation. Whether a student enters our programs as a freshman, or transfers in, our curriculum of coursework and experiential requirements will ensure that the student is highly employable upon graduation. Few others offer the foundation of such a curriculum, in conjunction with the hands-on experience gained through two required internships. Students will have the opportunity to work one or more of our annual gourmet galas (involving year-long planning, with students functioning in positions from CEO to wait-staff), plus expected participation in a number of industry-oriented student organizations. Thanks to a faculty that brings both real-world experience and appropriate academic preparation to serve our students, and an engaged advisory board that guides and supports our curricular offerings, our students are exceptionally well-prepared, and, as a consequence, are highly sought-after in today's competitive environment.
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 ensure entry into this broad and diverse industry, students graduate with a specific concentration that complements their Resort Management major. Concentrations include Club Management, Special Event and Meeting Planning, Recreation & Leadership Management, or Sport/Spa or Entertainment Operations.
New Students: 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from high school and two of the following three criteria: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or English SAT score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or Math SAT score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or Verbal SAT score of 430 or higher.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GAP of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended, and the following criteria: (1) transfer equivalency for ENGL 150 or placement in ENGL 150 the first semester at FSU which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; (2) transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement in MATH 115 the first semester at FSU which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
Exceptions: Applicants not meeting the above criteria (new or transfer students) for direct admission, but still meet Ferris State University admission criteria, will be placed in the Pre-Business program until the admission criteria are met. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean's Office.
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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