University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
The world-renowned UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, located 1.5 miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip, is the ideal location for studying hospitality. The proximity to the best living laboratory in the world for hospitality education provides students with ample work opportunities and experience at just about any type of hospitality operation. Over 2300 students are enrolled in the Harrah College of Hospitality, and 25 percent are international students from 49 different countries. Over 50 full time faculty, who are experts in their fields, and an equal number of part-time faculty that are industry professionals provide a depth and breadth of coursework unequaled anywhere. With such a large faculty, individual professors can specialize in their areas of instruction. UNLV faculty are highly sought after as speakers at national and international conferences and are well published in academic journals and as textbook authors. Students work toward a B.S. in Hospitality Management and may take a “generalist” approach—emphasizing a cross-section of skills—or pursue a more specific concentration in Gaming Management, Meeting & Events Management, Restaurant Management, or PGA Golf Management (one of only 18 accredited university programs in the nation). Additionally, several graduate-level degrees are offered, including a Master of Science in Hotel Administration, a joint MBA with the Lee School of Business, an online Master of Hospitality of Hospitality Administration, and a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands for recruitment events, and pairs an average of 175 industry mentors with students. These crucial relationships help build careers.