For the fourth consecutive year, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked among the top five best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world by CEOWorld magazine. For 2020, Rosen placed fourth in the publication’s annual global listing.
“Our dedication to providing an innovative, real-world education and the integration of our curriculum into Central Florida’s tourism community is making an undeniable impact on the hospitality industry, both domestically and abroad.”
— Youcheng Wang
“Our placement among the world’s most notable hospitality schools are a reflection of the strategic direction of our college, the experiences and expertise of our faculty, and the success of our students and alumni,” says Youcheng Wang, dean and William C. Peeper Preeminent Professor in Destination Marketing. “Our dedication to providing an innovative, real-world education and the integration of our curriculum into Central Florida’s tourism community is making an undeniable impact on the hospitality industry, both domestically and abroad.”
CEOWorld analyzed more than 115 hospitality and hotel management schools. Among other measures, the rankings considered the quality of an institution’s programs, job placement rates upon graduation, efforts towards student success, and surveys from industry professionals.
Founded in 2004, the Rosen College has the distinction of being the only hospitality school in the nation to offer a selection of comprehensive and innovative degree programs. These programs include a bachelor’s degree in entertainment management, a bachelor’s degree in event management, a bachelor’s degree in senior living management and a doctoral degree in hospitality management.
Rosen’s faculty represent 17 different countries and are known worldwide for their research, teaching skills and professional experiences. Many of them have served in executive roles in the hospitality industry, planning major conventions and events and holding leadership roles in numerous professional organizations. Last year, Dean Wang and Alan Fyall, an associate dean, were awarded membership in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.
Rosen students consistently boast a job placement rate above 95 percent upon graduation. Nearly half of the first 18 graduates of UCF’s new Disney Aspire Program — which provides free tuition for UCF students who are also Disney employees — were from Rosen College. Earlier this year, UCF’s Knights Helping Knights Food Pantry opened a branch location on Rosen’s campus, offering non-perishable food items and basic hygiene goods for Rosen students.
CEOWorld’s international ranking is just the latest recognition of Rosen’s prominence amongst hospitality schools. In 2019, the College was ranked as the world’s No. 5 school for hospitality and tourism academics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It’s Hospitality and Tourism Management online program and the Entertainment Management program were ranked among the top 10 in the nation by BestCollege.com in 2018.