The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA
student ratio
total students
$19,650 | $19,650
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Not Reported
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


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.

Location & Contact

4207 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3518

MissToni Morelli

Director of Admissions

Phone: 267-295-2353
Fax: 215-222-4219

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Hotel/Motel Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


96% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied174
    • Accepted168
    • Acceptance Rate96%
    • Enrolled402
    • Female Applicants86
    • Females Accepted83
    • Female Acceptance Rate96%
    • Male Applicants88
    • Males Accepted85
    • Male Acceptance Rate96%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some entrance exam
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$19,650
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,650
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$3,750
    • 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 offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students402
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.98%
    • Black or African American13.68%
    • White or Caucasian46.52%
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • Asian2.24%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races1.24%
    • Unknown32.34%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students29% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling No
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Wine Club, Book Club, Coffee & Tea Club, Craft Club, Flair Bartending
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty19
    • Full-time Percentage95%
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Female Percentage26%
    • Male Percentage74%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported