Why Lerner Hospitality
Large enough to lead and small enough to care.
The Lerner College hospitality and sport business management department (HSBM) is ranked 4th among hospitality programs in the country and in the top 25 in the world. Our resources – of faculty, facilities and learning experiences – make us a leader among hospitality programs, yet we pride ourselves on how we care for each student personally. You can see this combination of excellence and personal attention not only in our students, but in the success of our graduates.
We believe in learning by doing. Our students make the transition from student to professional effortlessly because of the real-world learning experiences they have during their time at the Lerner College. From our high-tech facilities to our advanced practicums, opportunities for hands-on learning are woven throughout the curriculum.
Prepared for Success
All of this preparation adds up: 97% of hospitality business management graduates were employed or pursuing further education after graduating in 2019.
Supporting their search for the right job is our own hospitality-dedicated career fair and our annual networking event. Both draw leading recruiters from the industry like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Darden Restaurants, Deloitte Consulting and more. The Lerner to Leader Program takes students inside industry corporate headquarters, giving them the opportunity to meet and network with executives.
Over 50% of our students go abroad for credit. Students can spend a semester abroad in Switzerland at the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality, or in Italy at the SIAF campus in Volterra. A variety of UD Winter and Summer Session programs take students around the globe, experiencing other cultures in places such as Australia, Barbados, Costa Rica and South Africa.
Another exciting facet of the hospitality industry is the opportunity for analytical careers such as digital marketing, consulting and valuations, revenue management and more. In the hospitality industry management major, students choose their own educational path from a wide range of courses. Students are mentored by successful alumni, which prepares them for employment as they get closer to graduation.