Campus & Location

Why Orlando Matters

As a result of being the most visited destination in the United States, Orlando’s hospitality and tourism industry is the region’s largest employer, accounting for approximately 360,000 jobs and wages exceeding $14 billion annually. As the “tourism capital of the world,” Orlando boasts nearly 117,400 hotel rooms, 20,000 vacation ownership units, 5,300 restaurants, 176 golf courses, over 100 theme parks and attractions, 12 regional shopping malls, a top-ranked international airport, the second-largest convention center in the nation, multiple sports and entertainment venues, and countless bars and night clubs. In 2013, Orlando welcomed a record-breaking 59 million visitors, making it the most visited destination in the United States.

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Location, Location, Location

Located approximately 30 miles from the University of Central Florida’s main campus, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management is conveniently set in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district, placing world-renowned industry organizations and businesses within minutes of the specially-designed, resort-style campus.

The campus’ proximity to nearby industry partners provides convenience for students managing classes and internships. The college’s location also increases the accessibility of industry guest speakers, mentors, and opportunities to conduct industry research. Additionally, some of the industry’s top-ranked seminars, tradeshows and conventions are held within walking distance of the campus. Students are often treated to behind-the-scenes tours of major attractions, resorts, and convention & entertainment venues.

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“Rosen College offers a small school feel with all the benefits of a large university.” – Catherine Forrester, ’10, Hospitality Management

A Campus Designed for Hospitality Education

UCF’s Rosen College campus is the largest, most modern facility ever built for hospitality management education.

The 159,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, Mediterranean resort-style building features 18 high-tech classrooms, an executive education center, a 200-seat training dining room and bar, a beer and wine laboratory, two test kitchens, a 400-seat auditorium, three computer labs, a library, café, bookstore, and a fitness center. UCF’s Rosen College also features wireless internet access throughout its campus, and offers comprehensive services and amenities for students.