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The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College


The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Since 1974, the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College has received national acclaim for its innovative approach to education. Graduates from any of its four majors -- culinary arts, hotel management, pastry arts, and restaurant management -- often jump start their careers and enter their professions in managerial positions.

Philadelphia Location Provides Diversity and Culture

The school offers an interactive educational experience in a bustling restaurant environment in the heart of University City in Philadelphia -- home to one of the largest student populations in America. A city of diverse neighborhoods and heritages, Philadelphia is also a cultural city with great theatre, museums, restaurants, sports teams, nightlife, historic landmarks, parks, recreational facilities, and more.

Located in University City in Philadelphia, PA, the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is in the center of one of the United States' most unique cultural centers. Some of the nation's most prestigious college campuses, including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, neighbor Walnut Hill's campus. With limited on-campus privilege parking and easy access to the Septa bus system, getting around the city is easy.

Associate and Bachelor's Degree Offered at the Restaurant School

The academic and specialized programs offered at the Restaurant School are designed to provide students with a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum. The programs are structured so students receive a solid foundation in their first and second semesters that they can then build upon in subsequent courses.

The associate degree is comprised of six 10-week terms for a total of 18 months. Students must complete the associate degree before beginning the bachelor's degree. It takes 36 months to complete both degrees.

Travel Opportunities Expose Students to New Cultures and Cuisine

At the end of the associate and bachelor's degree programs, students travel to France, England, or Florida and the Bahamas for a first-hand look at the hospitality and culture emphasized in their classes. All of these fantastic opportunities are already included in each student's tuition, making travel an exciting and rewarding complement to the academic regimen.

As the only course of its kind in the country, the Tour of France is an 8-day journey through the charming villages, famous vineyards, and magnificent countryside of the Champagne and Burgundy regions of France.

Every restaurant and hotel management student participates in a week-long management tour of Walt Disney World, central Florida resorts, and a cruise to the Bahamas.

Students nearing the end of the bachelor's programs embark upon an 8-day exploration of the best of England. Combining history, art, and culture with hospitality and fine cuisine, this capstone course is the ideal culmination of the student's overall college experience.

Building Skills Outside the Classroom

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College believes in educational balance. Students are encouraged to join one of the student organizations, which provide them with a chance to explore famous restaurants, hotels, pastry shops, and local wineries. Walnut Hill's clubs also enable students to network with industry leaders and build their resumes.

In addition, students participate in local and national culinary arts competitions, attend national and regional trade shows, and lend a hand at charity fundraising events. They also assist visiting chefs in the kitchen and take part in banquets, dinners, and promotional events at the college.

Practical Experience in On-Campus Restaurants

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is affiliated with hundreds of the finest hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, caterers, and conference centers in the Delaware Valley and across the country.

Also, the school provides four on-campus restaurants to give students multiple opportunities to experience the strata of the growing restaurant industry. Naturally, students benefit from preparing the four different cuisines, but equally important are the experiences that students have in responding to the varied ambiance and environments.

Decorated in shades of pink and white, with the scents of chocolate, fresh breads, and sweet fruit tarts, the Pastry Shop is a popular place for area residents. All items are prepared by students in the pastry arts and culinary arts programs supervised by chef instructors daily.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Associate And Bachelor&Apos;S
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Serviceshotel/Motel Administration; Restaurant/Food Services Managementpersonal And Culinary Servicesbaking And Pastry Arts; Culinary Arts


Admission: 174 applied; 168 admitted; 278 enrolled

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred entrance
Application fee: $50
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, interview
Required for some: entrance exam
Recommended: minimum 2 GPA
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
402 Undergraduate Students, 56% Women, 44% Men, 10% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
14% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 4% Hispanic/Latino, 1% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 32% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
Representing 4 Other Countries

Campus Life

Coed, Campus Housing Is Leased By The School
Wine Club, Book Club, Coffee & Tea Club, Craft Club, Flair Bartending
Most popular organizations
Wine Club, Book Club, Coffee & Tea Club, Craft Club, Flair Bartending
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Controlled Dormitory Access
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Internships, Part-Time Degree Programschool Calendar: Quarters


Total: 19Full-Time: 95% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 22 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2012&-13)
One-time required fee:$200
Tuition:$19,050 full-time
Required fees:$3675 full-time
Room only:$4600. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment

Financial Aid




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