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Midway through the school year, many high school students and their parents are thinking about their next educational steps. With so many postsecondary options to consider, it’s important that all prospective students have the information they need to make the best decision possible. Academic interests, selectivity and affordability are just some of the factors to take into consideration. For those who look even further ahead to their post-college lives, the earnings of alumni can also be a factor in the overall decision.

To find out which schools with hospitality programs produce the highest-earning alumni, we used the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which provides a variety of data on thousands of colleges, including the median earnings of federally aided students 10 years after enrolling and the average annual cost of attending. The database also includes admission rates, test scores, graduation rates and average annual costs.

Our rankings are restricted to colleges and universities with hospitality programs.The schools listed here are derived from the list of Top Hospitality Schools in Hotel Management’s December 2017 magazine. The following table provides important data for all but one of the hospitality schools for 2015-2016, the latest year for which data is available. Data is not available for Virginia International University.  Readers are able to sort the data by pressing on the arrows in the table heading and search for schools by using the search box at the top of the table. The definitions of the terms used in the table are provided at the end of the post.

Top Hospitality Schools Ranked by Test Scores, Admission & Graduation Rates and Earnings of Alumni

University/
College
Admission
Rate
SAT-
Critical
Reading
SAT-
Maths
SAT-WritingACTAverage
Annual
Cost
Graduation
Rate
Salary
After
Attending
Georgetown University17.2%660-750660-750n/a30-34$30,58094.4%$90,100
Cornell University15.1%650-750680-780n/a30-34$29,71193.3%$73,600
George Washington University46.5%590-690600-700600-69027-31$33,63781.3%$67,100
Drexel University74.7%530-630565-680n/a25-30$37,74767.7%$66,600
Northeastern University28.5%660-740680-770640-73031-34$28,86983.0%$64,000
Boston University32.6%580-680620-730600-69027-31$34,91085.0%$62,000
Rochester Institute of Technology57.3%540-660580-680520-63026-31$26,41065.1%$60,600
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University73.4%540-640560-680530-630n/a$20,17283.0%$60,500
University of San Francisco64.4%530-620540-640520-62024-28$33,65570.9%$59,900
New York University32.1%620-720630-750630-73029-32$36,41983.5%$59,600
George Mason University68.9%520-620520-630n/a23-29$19,24568.1%$58,100
Seton Hall University76.3%520-610540-620n/a23-27$27,19964.7%$56,400
University of Delaware66.6%540-640550-660530-64024-29$15,99278.9%$55,100
Purdue University-Main Campus59.0%520-630560-700510-63025-31$13,51673.7%$55,000
University of Denver72.8%550-660560-660530-63026-30$28,83976.8%$53,800
James Madison University72.6%520-610520-610n/a23-27$19,66982.6%$53,800
New York Institute of Technology67.8%460-570500-610n/a21-26$21,78645.4%$53,400
Michigan State University66.3%450-580530-680460-58023-28$16,78878.0%$51,500
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona39.3%450-580470-620n/a20-27$13,39059.7%$51,100
DePaul University72.0%n/an/an/an/a$28,43472.0%$51,000
University of Houston59.7%510-610540-640n/a23-28$14,13449.5%$49,900
University of Massachusetts-Amherst58.3%550-640580-670n/a25-30$18,86976.5%$49,700
Texas Tech University63.1%510-600520-620470-57023-27$16,80459.5%$49,300
Montclair State University70.1%n/an/an/an/a$22,37764.7%$48,900
Iowa State University87.2%460-620500-640n/a22-28$13,99770.1%$48,600
Temple University55.7%n/an/an/an/a$20,67069.9%$48,600
Washington State University79.6%450-570460-580430-55020-26$17,87865.7%$48,600
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus51.3%530-630560-670540-64025-29$29,22685.9%$48,500
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus79.5%440-540460-560n/a18-23$16,90248.6%$48,400
San Diego State University34.4%500-600510-630n/a22-28$13,47567.0%$48,300
San Francisco State University67.9%430-540430-550n/a18-24$12,76850.5%$48,000
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus78.6%500-600500-610490-59022-27$24,01377.7%$47,700
Auburn University77.7%530-630540-650520-62024-30$22,18371.9%$47,100
North Dakota State University-Main Campus93.6%480-630500-630460-52021-26$15,13955.0%$46,600
University of Missouri-Columbia78.1%530-650530-650n/a24-29$16,90269.1%$46,100
Colorado State University-Fort Collins80.8%520-620520-630n/a22-28$16,77765.9%$45,000
Florida State University55.9%560-640560-640560-64025-29$15,66479.3%$44,900
Saint Xavier University74.7%460-520490-530460-54019-23$16,33051.5%$44,400
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus75.1%470-590500-620n/a22-27$13,89461.2%$44,300
University of Wisconsin-Stout93.1%n/an/an/a20-24$15,64855.1%$44,300
Florida International University50.4%500-590490-580490-57022-26$12,42756.0%$44,200
California State University-Los Angeles68.1%390-490390-500n/a15-20$3,22743.3%$43,900
Northern Illinois University50.4%450-530450-550410-52019-25$19,25950.0%$43,900
Kansas State University94.9%n/an/an/an/a$17,40160.1%$43,800
Ohio State University-Main Campus49.4%560-670610-720560-66027-31$18,09983.3%$43,700
University of Hawaii at Manoa81.4%480-580490-610460-57020-25$13,44156.7%$43,600
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville76.3%520-630530-630n/a24-30$18,13869.8%$43,400
University of Central Florida48.6%540-630540-640510-61024-28$14,22170.1%$43,300
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania84.0%420-510420-520400-50018-24$18,45055.0%$43,300
University of North Texas70.2%490-600500-600n/a21-26$12,78451.0%$43,300
University of Nevada-Las Vegas88.4%440-560450-560420-53018-25$10,91539.8%$43,200
Utah Valley Universityn/an/an/an/an/a$8,25932.1%$43,100
University of South Carolina-Columbia64.5%550-640560-650n/a25-30$18,55572.7%$43,000
Saint Cloud State University86.2%445-560450-585n/a19-25$13,78643.6%$42,900
Saint Leo University72.5%n/an/an/an/a$20,05445.2%$42,800
The University of Alabama53.6%490-600490-610480-60022-31$20,57566.4%$42,700
Roosevelt University72.3%470-635470-610460-60019-25$22,22933.9%$42,700
Ferris State University78.2%410-540470-580410-50019-24$13,30641.9%$42,700
South Dakota State University91.7%430-560470-600n/a20-26$21,76255.5%$42,000
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale80.6%460-610470-600n/a19-25$16,04844.7%$41,800
University of South Florida-Sarasota-Manatee33.6%530-610530-600500-58022-26$5,634n/a$41,800
Southern New Hampshire University91.7%n/an/an/an/a$35,11853.5%$41,700
Florida Atlantic University67.7%480-570470-570470-55020-25$13,42747.6%$41,500
The University of Findlay75.9%470-560470-480470-48020-25$22,59455.2%$41,500
Georgia State University56.7%480-580470-590470-57020-25$14,29053.6%$41,200
University of Mississippi78.7%490-600500-600n/a21-28$14,28461.2%$41,100
Florida Gulf Coast University60.6%490-570480-570480-56022-26$16,10846.1%$41,000
Niagara University84.7%460-563470-570n/a20-25$19,58963.5%$40,500
Georgia Southern University60.2%520-590510-590480-57021-25$16,96350.8%$40,300
SUNY College at Plattsburgh49.7%480-600500-600n/a21-25$15,33463.3%$40,300
Central Michigan University68.8%470-560430-580455-56020-25$14,50957.2%$40,200
Mercyhurst University80.4%n/an/an/an/a$22,34966.6%$39,700
College of Charleston77.2%520-610510-600n/a23-28$17,82667.3%$39,700
Northern Arizona University77.1%n/an/an/an/a$14,78551.8%$39,300
East Carolina University69.0%480-560500-570450-54021-24$15,45060.3%$39,300
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus88.3%430-530430-530410-52017-22$18,22154.1%$39,000
Lynn University76.0%450-540445-550430-54019-24$33,58642.3%$38,400
Southern Utah University72.1%450-590450-570440-57020-27$14,43448.6%$38,400
University of Louisiana at Lafayette55.3%460-590470-590n/a21-25$9,45946.9%$38,300
Kendall College74.4%n/an/an/an/a$27,12232.8%$37,900
University of New Orleans57.7%460-600475-630n/a20-24$8,89134.3%$37,800
Eastern Michigan University74.8%430-580443-580430-55019-25$12,67538.3%$37,500
Missouri State University-Springfield85.9%478-613468-613n/a21-26$15,31453.5%$37,400
Johnson & Wales University-Providence81.9%n/an/an/an/a$26,04558.0%$36,600
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi54.3%n/an/an/an/a$14,77641.4%$36,500
University of Memphis39.8%430-580460-570410-55019-25$13,35344.6%$36,400
Kent State University at Kent84.8%480-580470-580460-56021-25$18,97855.6%$36,300
Southeast Missouri State University84.3%448-580465-595n/a20-25$12,29449.7%$36,100
Northeastern State University92.8%418-445418-465n/a19-23$8,60428.2%$35,300
South Seattle Collegen/an/an/an/an/a$6,37033.2%$34,700
Tennessee State Universityn/an/an/an/an/a$10,49340.2%$34,400
Delaware State University44.4%410-480400-490390-46017-21$16,09942.3%$34,300
Northern Michigan University69.9%440-580450-580430-55019-24$12,46848.1%$34,000
New Mexico State University-Dona Anan/an/an/an/an/a$6,092n/a$33,400
Virginia State University77%390-480380-460370-45015-21$13,61745.2%$33,300
College of the Ozarks12.4%455-498495-561485-53421-25$13,60368.1%$32,800
Stratford Universityn/an/an/an/an/a$22,50916.6%$31,500
Sullivan Universityn/an/an/an/an/a$28,93042.0%$30,100
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community Collegen/an/an/an/an/a$8,838n/a$28,400
Source: U.S. Department of Education: College Scorecard Data, V1.10.5.
Note: The schools listed here are derived from the list of Top Hospitality Schools in Hotel Management's December 2017 magazine.

Of the 99 schools, 35 have higher than average salaries compared to the entire group of schools. The average salary is $45,168 which compares favorably to the average of $33,800 for all schools in College Scorecard. The salary ranges from a high of $90,100 in the case of Georgetown University to a low of $28,400 for the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Of the 10 schools with the highest post-graduation salary, one is located in California and the rest are found in the East.

Definitions

Admission Rate: Is defined as the number of admitted undergraduates divided by the number of undergraduates who applied.

Test Scores: At schools that report their test scores, 50 percent had scores within this range. Of the remaining 50 percent, half were above the range and half were below. Not all schools require test scores. Students who were admitted and enrolled typically had standardized test scores in these ranges.

Average Annual Cost: The average annual net price for federal financial aid recipients, after aid from the school, state, or federal government. For public schools, this is only the average cost for in-state students. Readers can compare the average annual cost of a college with the national average of all colleges which is currently $16,300.

Graduation Rate: The graduation rate within 150 percent of the expected time to completion (typically six years for schools that award predominantly four-year degrees and three years for schools that award predominantly two-year degrees). These rates are only for full-time students enrolled for the first time. Readers can compare the graduation rate of a college with the national average which is currently 42%.

Salary After Attending: The median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after entering the school. Readers can compare the salary after attending a college with the national average of $34,100.

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