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The Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management has an outstanding reputation for hospitality business education on campus and around the world.

Our experience-driven learning, focused on industry business and analytics, prepares you to distinguish yourself as a successful leader and entrepreneur.

Majors and Academic Programs

Our program is ranked in the top 10 hospitality programs in the country, yet our faculty provide the personal attention you need for professional growth and development.

Professor Beldona addresses a classWorld-class faculty

All of our classes are taught by faculty with industry management experience and academic credentials. Four of our faculty members are ranked in the top 20 hospitality faculty in the world.


An aerial view of the Swiss School of Tourism and HospitalityGo global

Over half of our students study abroad. Spend a semester in Switzerland at the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality or at the SIAF campus in Volterra, Italy. And a variety of courses are taught around the world during Winter and Summer Sessions.


A UD student at a hotel front deskExperience-driven learning

At Vita Nova Restaurant, you and your classmates operate and manage a gourmet service for lunch and dinner. 

If you're an HRIM major, you'll take courses in the Marriott Learning Center. You'll gain valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, front office and housekeeping in the 126-room, award-winning Courtyard by Marriott.

An integral part of both the HRIM and HSIM curriculum is the work and vounteer requirement - 700 hours hospitality-related work experience and 100 hours of community service.


Students attend a lectureConnecting the industry and the student

Hospitality industry executives, including alumni, speak in our classrooms on a regular basis. Through our student clubs, you can attend major industry conferences. And our HRIM "Lerner" to Leader Program visits industry corporate headquarters; you'll meet executives and visit the C-suites.


Please contact us at hrim-dept@udel.edu to request more information.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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