Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management ranked in world’s top 1% by QS World University Rankings

Program moves two spots to #6 in the U.S. in hospitality & tourism education


MIAMI (April 23, 2024) – The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) is continuing to climb in the rankings. In the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject: Hospitality & Leisure Management, the Chaplin School rose two spots from the No. 8 to the No. 6 best hospitality program among U.S. public universities nationwide. Its worldwide ranking also improved from 35 to 31 globally, placing it in the top 1% of hospitality and tourism education institutions of higher learning.

“Our top priority is student success, which is reflected in our rise in academic reputation,” said Michael Cheng, dean of the Chaplin School. “We try to ensure both academic and employer reputation by having top industry leaders teaching our classes, updating curriculum quickly to ensure our graduates attain employment and are on the forefront of industry needs, and offering unique educational programs and experiences to our students, alumni and in the community.”

The QS World University Rankings by Subject identify the world’s strongest universities in 60 individual subject areas. The hospitality and leisure management rankings are based on an independent comparative analysis of 2,255 institutions worldwide with hospitality programs. This year for the first time, the rankings also included Sustainability, Employment Outcomes, and International Research Network. FIU Chaplin School scored two of its highest scores in Sustainability and International Research Network.

“The Chaplin School’s innovative programs, which include important hands-on, real-life experiences, are educating leaders in the hospitality industry,” said FIU Executive Vice President, Provost and Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth M. Béjar. “The QS ranking recognizes how FIU is contributing to this vital industry, which is essential to our region’s economic future.”

The QS ranking evaluates an institution’s academic performance in certain fields, to give students and the institution insight into a program’s strengths, as well as what might need to be prioritized to achieve a better student experience.

FIU Chaplin School’s rankings are a result of concentrating efforts on key performance indicators, such as student success, First Time in College (FTIC), four-year graduation rate, and two-year retention rates. The school also is known for student engagement and unique experiential learning opportunities, such as leadership roles only open to FIU students at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Sustainable Tourism, and a one-of-a-kind Master of Science degree concentrating on Cruise Line Operations Management in the Cruise Capital of the World.

FIU Chaplin School works with more than 100 hospitality employers to ensure students secure employment after graduation. As the country’s leading diverse hospitality program, the Chaplin School also graduates more undergraduate Black, Hispanic, and international students than any other school.


About FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management:
Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is the No. 6 best hospitality school among U.S. Public Universities and ranked 31 in the world. Nearly 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the globe choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations in Miami, expert faculty, rich curriculum and real career opportunities in the international hotel, real estate, foodservice, beverage and spirits management, travel, tourism, revenue management, entertainment, and mega and large-scale event industries. As the leading diverse hospitality program with over 70% women and students from 74 countries represented, Chaplin School graduates more undergraduate Black, Hispanic and International students than any other school. For more information about Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, visit http://hospitality.fiu.edu.

About FIU:
Florida International University is a top public university that drives real talent and innovation in Miami and globally. Very high research (R1) activity and high social mobility come together at FIU to uplift and accelerate student success in a global city by focusing in the areas of environment, health and innovation. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers. FIU serves a diverse student body of more than 56,000 and 300,000 Panther alumni. FIU is ranked No. 4 Best Public University by the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report places dozens of FIU programs among the best in the nation, including international business at No. 2. Washington Monthly Magazine ranks FIU among the top 20 public universities contributing to the public good and Degree Choices places it among the top 10 in the nation for return on investment.