Why Choose Rosen College of Hospitality Management?

There is no better place to learn about hospitality than in the #1 tourist destination in America. Our college is the most modern and technologically advanced facility ever built for hospitality management education. You’ll learn from our diverse, international faculty and interact and connect with industry partners who give you a global perspective on hospitality, event management, entertainment management and tourism.  Visit our campus to learn more!

The most comprehensive program of its kind with degrees in:


With more than 3,000 undergraduate students, the college is one of the largest and fastest-growing hospitality programs in the nation.


Ranked in the top 5 among best colleges for hospitality and tourism in the world by CEOWorld magazine and in the ShanghaiRankings for research.


More than $225,000 in scholarships awarded annually


72 full-time faculty; 38 adjuncts; 64 staff


97% job placement rate upon graduation


4 Highly-respected research journals for hospitality and tourism and 1 research magazine

Internationally Renowned
and Represented

Our faculty members represent 17 different countries and are known worldwide for their research, teaching skills and professional experience in the hospitality industry. Many of them served in executive roles in restaurants, hotels, theme parks and attractions.

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Meet the Faculty

Arthur D. Sims, II

Arthur Sims is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1990). He completed his law degree at Cornell University Law School (J.D., 1994).  Subsequently, he was involved in further study at University of Central Florida and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management (2001-2002, 2004-2006). Mr. Sims has diverse legal and business experience in the areas of general corporate, sports and entertainment, media and technology, hospitality and gaming as well as intellectual property law and hospitality related real estate development transactions.

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Alan Fyall

Dr. Alan Fyall is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Visit Orlando Endowed Chair, the Interim Chair of the Tourism, Events and Attractions Department and Graduate Programs’ Director at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, and is a member of UCF’s National Center for Integrated Coastal Research.  Dr. Fyall is also Interim Chair for the Touism, Events and Attractions Department. He has published widely in the areas of tourism and destination marketing and management including 22 books.

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Fevzi Okumus

Dr. Fevzi Okumus is the CFHLA Preeminent Chair Professor within the Hospitality Services Department at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He joined the Rosen College in 2005. He was the founding Chair of the Hospitality Services Department from 2007-2013. He received his PhD in Strategic Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has a Master of Science degree in International Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism from Cukurova University, Turkey.

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Marissa Orlowski

Dr. Marissa Orlowski joined the faculty of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in August 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Hospitality Management, as well as a Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodologies in Educational and Human Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Orlowski also has an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University. Dr. Orlowski’s academic career is preceded by over 15 years of restaurant, bar, and catering management experience in the hos

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Cutting-edge  Hospitality and Tourism Research

The active research contribution of UCF’s Rosen College faculty, which represents the broad spectrum of the hospitality management industry, are well recognized and respected by their peers, making UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management one of the most influential and cutting-edge voices in hospitality and tourism research and education.

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A Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Mathilda van Niekerk

November 5, 1972 – August 23, 2019, Honoring her Legacy!

Please consider making a gift to remember our dear friend. DONATE HERE!

Gifts made in Dr. van Niekerk’s memory will be used to provide scholarship support to students studying at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. I understand that my gift will be put towards endowment of this fund should the overall amount of contributions received reach or exceed the minimum endowment level of $25,000.

Dr. Mathilda van Niekerk was our lioness from South Africa, exemplifying the highest courage, determination, positive energy and professionalism. She taught at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management for 7 years of her 18-year academic career. She did everything with style, a smile and to perfection. She was an outstanding and dedicated teacher, a thorough researcher (she authored or co-authored more than 110 academic publications) and an amazing servant leader. Mathilda was a committed advocate for all faculty and staff members. She was a much admired representative of UCF Rosen College; she was more than a good colleague, she was a friend!

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