Silver anniversary

HRIM celebrates 25 years

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Marriott Memories

JW “Bill” Marriott and Deborah Marriott Harrison join HRIM students  

World of opportunity

New program in hospitality industry studies

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Impeccable Service

Student operated, award winning restaurant, Vita Nova

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Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Welcome to the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management! Come explore the world of hospitality business management through our two majors: Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) and Hospitality Industry Management (HSIM), where the possibilities are endless. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to student development and we have some of the best hospitality learning facilities in the world.  

The Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management has an outstanding reputation for hospitality business education on campus and around the world. Our experience-driven learning and focus on industry business and analytics prepares our students to distinguish themselves as successful leaders and entrepreneurs in the industry and in their communities and beyond.   


  • Top Program! The UD HRIM Department is consistently as one of the top  hospitality programs in the USA.
  • We are Business! Graduates receive a degree from an AACSB accredited business college with the opportunity to take a 4+1 program that enables students to complete their undergraduate work and obtain an MBA in five years of study.
  • Large Enough to Lead and Small Enough to Care! The HRIM and HSIM majors have selective admissions, which ensures that students learn to network with each other and allow the faculty to provide the personal attention students need for professional growth and development. Students connect with faculty as they are in small classes that are taught by industry experts who are well-respected academics in their field.
  • Go Global! Over 40% of our students go abroad as part of the curriculum. Study Aboard opportunities have many options:  Semester in Switzerland at the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality or a variety of programs for Winter session and Summer session courses around the globe. Students earn college credit and experience other cultures in places as Austrailia, Barbados, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Italy, Jamaica and South Africa.. 

An integral part of both the HRIM and HSIM curriculum is the hospitality-related work experience. Seven hundred hours documented paid work experience and 100 hours of community service are required. These combined work experiences assist in the development of a career plan that meets industry needs and prepares students for the increasingly complex and challenging hospitality industry.                   

A variety of student clubs enable students to attend national industry conferences, network with leaders and managers in the hospitality field and plan events and conferences for the university, industry and community.

The Alfred Lerner College of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Services, the HRIM and HSIM faculty advisors and the Career Services Center serves the undergraduate student body by providing information and support for the students’ academic, professional and career development to foster their successful matriculation, graduation and placement.

Please let us know when you plan to visit ( We look forward to seeing you on campus. Wishing you the best!

Warm regards,

Sheryl Fried Kline, Ph.D.
Department Chair


Contact us at: 

Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management
14 W. Main Street, Raub Hall 
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-6077

News Highlights

Top grades

4 UD seniors recognized for achieving highest grade point index

Four UD seniors received highest grade point index awards.

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The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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