Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Major

Consistently ranked in the top ten hospitality programs, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) is a four year major with a curriculum based in business management and specialized courses for the hospitality industry.  HRIM also offers a 4+1 program, in conjunction with the Lerner College of Business and Economics that enables students to complete their undergraduate work and obtain an MBA in five years of study.

The campus program is limited to 400 students. A selective admissions process, coupled with enrollment limitation, ensures that students learn to network with each other and that the faculty provides the personal attention students need for professional growth and development. For incoming freshman and transfers from other institutions admissions manages the application process. Students indicate their choice of major on the application. For our campus students interested in changing into the Major there is a formal application process.

The on-campus Vita Nova Restaurant and Courtyard by Marriott offer students hands-on experience where they can round out their academic knowledge. Vita Nova is a student-operated laboratory featuring a 60-seat dining room, exhibition, teaching and demonstration kitchens. The 126-room Courtyard by Marriott offers students valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, front office and housekeeping.

The University of Delaware has a strong commitment to studying abroad and offers a plethora of opportunities. The HRIM department has an agreement with the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in Chur Switzerland, as well as opportunities in Austrailia, Barbados, Hawaii, Italy, Jamaica and South Africa.

HRIM is committed to providing academic advisement for the students. Each student is assigned a faculty member who provides assistance in planning the most appropriate academic program.

An integral part of the HRIM curriculum is the hospitality - related work experience. 700 hours of documented paid work experience coupled with 100 hours of community service must be completed by the senior year. Annually, HRIM attracts over 50 representatives from major hospitality corporations, as well as independent operations, for a Career Fair. Students interview for entry-level management positions, summer employment and internships.

HRIM has a unique blend of an academically challenging curriculum and exceptional hands on experiences at our Vita Nova Restaurant and the Courtyard by Marriott at the University of Delaware. This, partnered with our small size and strategic location--between New York and Washington DC, makes Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at the University of Delaware a wonderful choice.

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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