Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Major

Consistently ranked in the top ten hospitality programs, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) is a four year major with a curriculum based in business management and specialized courses for the hospitality industry.  HRIM also offers a 4+1+1 program, in conjunction with the Lerner College of Business and Economics that enables students to complete their undergraduate work and obtain an MBA in five years of study.

The campus program is limited to 400 students. A selective admissions process, coupled with enrollment limitation, ensures that students learn to network with each other and that the faculty provides the personal attention students need for professional growth and development. For incoming freshman and transfers from other institutions admissions manages the application process. Students indicate their choice of major on the application. For our campus students interested in changing into the Major there is a formal application process.

The on-campus Vita Nova Restaurant and Courtyard by Marriott offer students hands-on experience where they can round out their academic knowledge. Vita Nova is a student-operated laboratory featuring a 60-seat dining room, exhibition, teaching and demonstration kitchens with state of the art video and satellite capabilities. The 126-room Courtyard by Marriott, with high tech conference room featuring wireless computers and video conferencing facilities, offers students valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, front office and housekeeping.

The University of Delaware has a strong commitment to studying abroad and offers a plethora of opportunities. The HRIM department has an agreement with the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in Chur Switzerland, as well as opportunities in Hawaii, Jamaica, South Africa and Italy.

HRIM is committed to providing academic advisement for the students. Each student is assigned a faculty member who provides assistance in planning the most appropriate academic program.

An integral part of the HRIM curriculum is the hospitality - related work experience. 700 hours of documented paid work experience coupled with 100 hours of community service must be completed by the senior year. Annually, HRIM attracts over 50 representatives from major hospitality corporations, as well as independent operations, for a Career Fair. Students interview for entry-level management positions, summer employment and internships.

HRIM has a unique blend of an academically challenging curriculum and exceptional hands on experiences at our Vita Nova Restaurant and the Courtyard by Marriott at the University of Delaware. This, partnered with our small size and strategic location--between New York and Washington DC, makes Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at the University of Delaware a wonderful choice.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, 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 Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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