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College of Hospitality Admissions

You are just a few steps away from pursuing your degree at one of the world’s top hospitality management schools. Before you can become part of the Harrah College of Hospitality family, you must first apply and be admitted to UNLV. For undergraduate students, university admissions requires a strong high school transcript and standardized test score. Graduate admissions is based on a mixture of undergraduate degree and career performance.

Undergraduate Admissions

Whether you are entering college for the first time, transferring in from another institution, or returning to UNLV after a break in your studies, we are here to help you navigate the admissions process. Learn about the requirements, deadlines, etc., using the appropriate link below:

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Graduate Admissions

To pursue a post-graduate degree at the Harrah College of Hospitality, you must first apply and be accepted to the UNLV Graduate College. Select the "hospitality" graduate degree program of your choice when completing the application.

Gaming Certificate (Online)

Non-degree-seeking students applying to the Gaming Certificate program follow the same admission requirements as those applying for the college's Master of Hospitality Administration (MHA) degree program. The Gaming Certificate program's five-courses/15 credits can be applied toward the MHA program should the student decide to pursue a degree.

For questions regarding any of the Harrah College of Hospitality graduate or certificate programs, email at

International Students

The Harrah College of Hospitality is known for its culturally rich student body. In fact, nearly 20 percent of our students are considered international, meaning they require an F-1 visa to study in the US.

If you are an international student wishing to pursue a degree at the Hospitality College, please follow the admission process for your degree level:

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Change Major

If you are already admitted to UNLV and are studying in a major outside the Harrah College of Hospitality, you may request admission to the college through the change of major process. You will need to meet with an academic advisor in the Hospitality Advising Office to review the program requirements and any academic ramifications from the change.

PGA Golf Management Admissions

Students who wish to be part of the PGA Golf Management Program (an academic concentration under the Harrah College of Hospitality) must meet special admission requirements. Accredited by the PGA of America, the program prepares students to work in the expanding golf industry by teaching them skills in marketing, business administration, hospitality management, etc.

Hospitality Summer Programs

Hospitality-Related Summer Programs for High School Students
The Harrah College of Hospitality's summer programs at UNLV allow high school students to engage in a unique and fun pre-college educational experience. Participants enjoy a host of benefits, including: learning about the top-ranked Hospitality College, meeting students, interacting with professors, and getting a taste of the exciting career options within the dynamic hospitality industry. High school students, with preference to juniors and seniors, can choose between two options:

Sponsored by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Hospitality Exploration Summer Camp introduces high school students to the college's Hospitality Management degree program and the opportunities that exist in a wide range of career segments, including hotel management, events and entertainment, food and beverage, gaming, sports entertainment, travel and tourism, and more. The camp is a 2-night/3-day experience offering up to 50 high school students the opportunity to:

  • Engage in hands-on learning activities, including field trips;
  • Interact with faculty and professionals currently working in the industry;
  • Learn about the college's Hospitality Management degree and options to focus in Events Management, Gaming Management, Restaurant Management, and more;
  • Gain an understanding of the application process and how attainable earning your bachelor's degree can be!

Eligibility: Students must be a current high school student with at least a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. Preference will be given to high school juniors or seniors who have diverse experiences and goals and come from diverse backgrounds. Email with questions.

The Culinary Mini Boot Camp is sponsored by the Harrah College Hospitality, the #1 hospitality program in the country. The 2-day camp is designed for high school students seeking to enhance their culinary skills. The college's Chef Chris Lindsay will teach students (15 in each camp) a variety of culinary techniques and how to develop diverse, on-trend menu concepts. Key concepts include sanitation, safety, teamwork, and effective communication.

Students will also learn about the college's bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management, which teaches business principles through a hospitality industry lens. Students can choose to concentrate their degree in Restaurant Management, among other industry specialties.

Eligibility: Students must a current high school student with at least a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. Preference will be given to students who hold a junior or senior standing with some culinary experience, either through work experience or through a culinary student organization. Email to find out more.

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