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UofSC hospitality and tourism management program makes national top 10

South Carolina’s flagship university continues to lead the way in preparing the future leaders of the state’s biggest industry. The University of South Carolina is again among the top 10 in the country in hospitality and tourism management.

The ShanghaiRanking’s 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects — Hospitality & Tourism Management places South Carolina No. 9 in the U.S. and No. 17 worldwide out of more than 500 programs globally.


About the ranking:

  • The rankings, which include more than 250 U.S. programs and more than 500 worldwide, are based on research output and influence, international collaboration, research quality, international academic awards and a survey of more than 6,000 professors from 100 universities.
  • This is UofSC’s third consecutive year in the ShanghaiRanking top 10, and the program ranks No. 1 among Southeastern Conference universities.

“This ranking puts the University of South Carolina in the 97th percentile for hospitality and tourism management programs nationally and worldwide. It shows our commitment to quality education, innovative research and our focus on advancing our global industry,” says School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management director Robin DiPietro. “Our goal to help students reach the top leadership positions of companies such as Marriott, Disney, Hyatt and Club Corp has never waned, and I’m proud of the students and faculty of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.” 


The student experience

  • The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management is part of UofSC’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, which is home to five research centers that drive innovation and advance focus industries.
  • Classroom instruction comes from faculty who share their industry knowledge, research insights, mentorship and career experience.
  • Students also benefit outside the classroom from experiential learning through internships, industry immersion and hands-on curriculum in the school’s J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Culinary Laboratory and McCutchen House restaurant management learning lab.
  • The school offers bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management and tourism management, a master’s degree in international hospitality and tourism management, and a Ph.D. in hospitality management and provides the opportunity for additional specialization in a variety of focus areas.

“The rebound and growth of the hospitality and tourism industry has created a high demand for career-ready employees,” says David Cardenas, interim dean of UofSC’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. “I’m excited for our students to be positioned for leadership opportunities and to help shape the future of hospitality and tourism management.”


Dig deeper:  

  • Tourism is South Carolina’s largest industry. In 2019, it brought $23.8 billion dollars to the state, generating $1.8 billion in state and local taxes.
  • Tourism and hospitality accounted for 11.1 percent of all South Carolina jobs in 2020.
  • As of July 24, hotel occupancy in South Carolina is up 76.1 percent from the same time in 2020, and up 2.1 percent from the same time in 2019, showing strong recovery from the pandemic.
  • Tourism and hospitality make up more than 8 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
  • The industry is the fifth largest employer in the U.S.

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