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Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, one of the endowed colleges of Cornell University, is a world-renowned school for hospitality management founded in 1922. Cornellians generally refer to it as the Hotel School, and its students and alumni as Hotelies.
The Hotel School is located on Cornell's central campus in Statler Hall, endowed by Alice Statler, heiress to the Statler Hotel fortune. Directly attached is the Statler Hotel and JW Marriott Executive Education Conference Center (unaffiliated with the chain, which was acquired by Hilton Hotels in 1954), staffed by students and the only hotel on campus. The Statler is one of the leading luxury hotels in Ithaca, New York and is frequently used for accommodations by prominent guests of the university.
The school enrolls just under a thousand undergraduates and around 100 graduate students, hailing from almost 50 countries; it is Cornell's second smallest undergraduate college. Its curriculum focuses on hotel and restaurant management and related business skills. All students must work in positions with direct customer interaction, many of them in the Statler Hotel. The Hotel School employs over 50 full-time faculty members, most with notable field management experience.
The Hotel School's course catalog includes several offerings popular among students in other Cornell colleges, notably HADM 430, Introduction to Wines, a wine tasting course which enrolls 600–900 students each semester, as well as frequently oversubscribed cooking courses.
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