Why Choose Hotel Management?
The hotel industry leads the service segment of our economy with continued expansion and opportunities abounding. FSU's exemplary Hospitality Program offers global experiences and opportunities in the hotel industry predicated on a solid business foundation. Whether a student enters our program as a freshman or transfers in our curriculum of coursework and experiential requirements will ensure they are highly employable upon graduation. Few other programs offers the foundation of such a curriculum, in conjunction with the hands-on experience gained through a required internship. 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.
More than 20 scholarships are available in the program. The awards are generally based on scholastic accomplishment, industry experience, extracurricular activities, career aspirations and need. In addition to coursework, the program requires a minimum of 400 hours of paid work experience (internship), which is often completed with the nation's finest hotels and lodging establishments, as well as international experiences.
A 12-credit Hotel Management certificate and 18-credit Hotel and Restaurant and Food Industry Management minor are available.
The hospitality industry is a people- and service-oriented business. Individuals trained in hospitality programs manage operations where food, lodging or both are provided. These may include luxury, full-service, convention, all-suite, mid-scale and budget hotels, conference centers, inns, residential hotels and service departments, and bed and breakfast operations.
The Hotel Management program has a joint education partnership with the University-owned Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center to increase student awareness of the complexity of the hospitality industry and provide hands-on opportunities. The hotel allows students to 'test the waters' of the hospitality industry.
The demand for better qualified and professionally trained hospitality managers continues to increase. Social, technical and demographic changes suggest that the industry's growth will extend well into the 21st century. In addition to traditional hospitality venues, there are excellent opportunities for advancement in multi-unit franchise management, and with national and international corporations, and opportunities within the travel and tourism industry.
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, Verbal SAT score of 430 or higher.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA 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 Hotel 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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The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.