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Tourism is a traditional mainstay of California’s economy. The competitiveness of the state’s tourism industry is based on California’s natural beauty and amenities, and also on the quality of the service provided to visitors. The California State University meets the state’s needs for professional workers with skills in hospitality and natural resources management. It graduates students in a variety of disciplines that are essential to a competitive tourism industry.


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Systemwide, the CSU produces 76 percent of the total degrees in tourism and natural resources. This includes 100 percent of the state’s degrees in such disciplines as natural resources management and policy; wildlife and wildlands management; and parks, recreation and leisure studies. In other key tourism degrees, such as hospitality services management, the CSU produces the vast majority of graduates (160 out of the state’s 193 graduates) in that field.


The CSU offers many outstanding programs in hospitality, tourism and natural resources management—The Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is continuously ranked among the top programs in North America. With more than 600 students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management, the Collins School is the largest, oldest and best-regarded hospitality program in California. More than 90 percent of each year’s graduating class accepts management positions before graduation.



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Last Updated: November 26, 2008