University of Central Florida college of hospitality management named top in nation for third consecutive year

by | Aug 2, 2022


  • University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Business was named the top hospitality and tourism program in the nation 
  • UCF also ranks in the top five globally 
  • ShanghaiRankings, the conductor of the list, is considered a global leader in educational assessment and research evaluations 
  • The top rankings mark the third-consecutive year UCF attained the honor

University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Rosen College of Hospitality Management Tuesday was ranked as the nation’s best hospitality and tourism program by the ShanghaiRankings listing of five hundred of the world’s top universities.

The placement marks the third consecutive year that UCF has taken the top spot, now also being recognized as a top-five program globally. University leaders attribute the high ranking to collaborative, high-level research initiatives, as well as a rigorous curriculum.

Orlando’s notoriety as the tourism capital of the world allows research to be conducted in a concise, accurate manner with a quick turnaround time, leading to UCF proving itself to be a valuable institution in the realm of international tourism research.

“Our top ranking may be attributed to the HOSPITALITY+ approach of comprehensive curriculum offerings and our dedication to delivering impactful research published in top academic journals,” says Youcheng Wang, dean of the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. “We are extremely proud of our 2022 ShanghaiRanking. Our college is among the best worldwide, and with new degree programs and faculty producing cutting edge research we continue to be a top choice for higher education both domestically and among our international student body and scholars.”

Rosen College is also home to four highly-cited Social Science Citation Index research journals, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, and the Journal of Destination Marketing & Management.

The institution consistently ranks highly in various metrics due in part to its interdisciplinary research options for teachers and graduate students, which they may pursue in conjunction with specialists from various fields around the globe. A $4.5 million grant for the new Infectious Disease and Travel Health Initiative was recently awarded to the Rosen College, College of Medicine, and College of Engineering and Computer Science. The cross-disciplinary initiative aims to study and implement methods to lessen the harm that health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic do to small enterprises in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries.

Rosen College is also known for its work with Orlando’s largest tourism attractions, namely Disney, which utilizes much of the research and strategy formulated and studied at the university.

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