Pennsylvania State University School of Hospitality Management (SHM)

Pennsylvania State University School of Hospitality Management (SHM) is located midway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, in the campus town of University Park. SHM serves an average of 500 students (the university’s undergraduate enrollment is 46,000) and is one of the oldest hospitality management schools in the United States. It is a school that has a reputation for sending forth self-starters – its Hospitality Management B.S. Degree program offers a corresponding minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

For Hospitality Management students with more corporate instincts, the SHM Career Placement Center works with them to define the most rewarding career path to follow and the companies that can provide it. Over 70 companies come to Penn State annually to interview and recruit SHM students for management and internship positions in hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, airlines, foodservice companies, sports and entertainment centers – looking to take on students for jobs that fit their goals and talents.

SHM courses available to help students prepare for those jobs include:

  • Strategic Hospitality Management
  • Legal Aspects of the Hospitality Industry
  • Hospitality Financial Accounting
  • Hospitality Technology
  • Organizational Behavior in Hospitality
  • Food Production and Service Management
  • Hospitality Decision Making and Information Systems
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Human Resource Management in Hospitality
  • Effective Speech
  • Effective Business Writing
  • International Hospitality Management: This is a course designed to expose SHM students to managing in an overseas environment. Classes begin in Maastricht in the Netherlands and conclude several weeks later at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy. It is a program that adds many options to a student’s choice of career, as well as giving their hospitality conduct an intercontinental touch.

The SHM Career Center has consistently had an employment placement success rate of 90-95% with graduating seniors.

Penn State tuition for in-state students is $18,436. Out-of-state tuition is $33,664. Room and board for both averages $11,280. On-campus part-time jobs are available for students at the university’s dining facilities, five of them located in residence halls and offering all-you-can-eat food for all tastes. Retail eateries at the campus HUB, where student jobs can also be found, include Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Soup & Garden, Blue Burito, Jamba Juice, and McAlister’s Deli. When it’s time to hunker down in the stacks, there’s a Starbucks at Paterno Library.

Arguably the campus’s most iconic building, the Paterno Library was named in honor of Penn’s legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, who said in a speech after his team won its first national championship that Penn should be number one in academics as well as athletics.

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