Best Event Planning Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools
Read about the best event planning schools at top U.S. universities. See school rankings, degree possibilities and location info to compare and contrast your school choices.
Below, you'll look at two schools with the best event planning programs. Undergraduate degree programs are often found at these schools as part of a hospitality management program which may include a major, minor or concentration in event planning. Event planners arrange a variety of activities, from meetings and conventions to social events such as sports and weddings. Keep reading to learn more.
Top Schools in the U.S. for Event Planning or Management
1. Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont
In 2010, Champlain College was ranked 13th in the Baccalaureate Colleges North category by U.S. News & World Report. Champlain College is a small, liberal arts college located in New England that boasts its 'upside-down curriculum,' wherein students are able to begin study for their major during freshman year. It is one of the few schools in the U.S. offering a full bachelor's degree in event management. Graduates gain real-world experience through their coursework.
2. Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan
Grand Valley State University (GVSU) was named among the top 50 Midwest Master's Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. GVSU is a public university with a liberal arts emphasis located in Western Michigan. The school's meeting and event management concentration is available through the bachelor's degree program in hospitality and tourism management. Students learn business skills and also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of several international destinations affiliated with the event planning program.
Good U.S. Schools with Event Planning Programs
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|Florida International University||38,759||11200 S.W. 8 St., Miami, FL 33199||(305) 348-2000|
|Florida State University||38,682||211 Westcott Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306||(850) 644-2525|
|San Diego State University||34,889||5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182||(619) 594-5200|
|University of South Carolina - Columbia||27,488||Columbia, SC 29208||(803) 777-7000|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||26,359||Amherst, MA 01003||(413) 545-0111|
|Washington State University||25,352||French Admin. Bldg., Pullman, WA 99164||(509) 335-3564|
|Grand Valley State University||23,892||1 Campus Dr., Allendale, MI 49401||(616) 331-2020|
|California State Polytechnic University - Pomona||21,190||3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768||(909) 869-7659|
|James Madison University||18,454||800 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807||(540) 568-6211|
|Ferris State University||13,532||1201 S. State St., Big Rapids, MI 49307||(231) 591-2000|
|University of Denver||11,328||2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208||(303) 871-2000|
|Johnson & Wales University||10,488||8 Abbott Park Pl., Providence, RI 02903||(401) 598-1000|
|Western Carolina University||9,050||Cullowhee, NC 28723||(828) 227-7211|
|Rutgers University - Camden||5,398||406 Penn, Camden, NJ 08102||(856) 225-6095|
|Mercyhurst College||4,326||501 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16546||(814) 824-2000|
|Niagara University||4,254||Niagara University, NY 14109||(716)285-1212|
|Endicott College||3,717||376 Hale St., Beverly, MA 01915||(978) 927-0585|
|Champlain College||2,891||163 S. Willard St., Burlington, VT 05401||(802) 860-2700|
|Lasell College||1,488||1844 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466||(617) 243-2000|
|College of the Ozarks||1,334||100 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, MO 65726||(417) 334-6411|
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