The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College was founded in 1974 as America's first private college to offer career training in fine dining and the luxury hospitality industry. The college offers four majors: Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management, Pastry Arts and Hotel Management. The majors are offered at the Associate and Bachelors degree levels.
Located in the University City section of Philadelphia the campus features four open-to-the-public student-run restaurants, a pastry shop, bookstore and gift shop and a student cafe. The college offers on-site housing for students. There are 600 students who hail from 17 states.
Special features are travel experiences which are included in the tuition. All Culinary and Pastry students in the Associate Degree participate in a week-long gastronomic tour of France. Restaurant and Hotel Management students participate in a week-long hospitality tour that includes behind-the-scenes tours of Walt Disney World Resort and other central Florida resorts followed by a cruise to the Bahamas. Students that continue their studies towards a Bachelors degree participate in a week-long Hospitality Tour of England.
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