The Collins College of Hospitality Management is the first and largest hotel and restaurant management bachelor's degree program on the West Coast and is consistently ranked among the nation's premier hospitality management programs. The college started in 1973 with 30 students and two faculty members as a department in the College of Business Administration. The department was formed in response to the demand for qualified management professionals due to the hospitality industry's explosive growth.
In the 1980s, the program grew significantly in terms of students and facilities with an ambitious faculty team and wide support from Cal Poly Pomona leadership, the California State University and industry leaders. The growth allowed the program to separate from the College of Business Administration to become the Center for Hospitality Management in 1986.
In 1990, thanks to a successful capital campaign, the Center for Hospitality Management opened its first building, which includes classrooms, offices, kitchen laboratories and the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. In 1991, the center became the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
In 1999, the program was named The Collins School of Hospitality Management in recognition a $10 million pledge from Carol and Jim Collins. Their donations and donations from other industry supporters, enabled the school to build two additional buildings.
On June 13, 2008, Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz led a signing ceremony to designate the school a college. This designation places The Collins College among only a handful nationwide and provides the necessary infrastructure to expand its degree program and departmentalize. It remains the only hospitality management college on the West Coast.
Building from its renowned undergraduate program, The Collins College launched a Master of Science in Hospitality Management in the fall of 2010. The graduate program is the only hospitality management degree program of its kind in California.
Today with nearly 30 faculty members serving more than 1,000 ethnically diverse students, The Collins College offers a rigorous education firmly rooted in hospitality management theories and real-world applications. A customized curriculum prepares students for careers in hotel resort management, restaurant management, club management, culinary product development, tourism management and special events/meeting planning.
The Collins College was built on an area of campus
formally nicked named Horse Hill. Today, the
college consists of three buildings with 43,000-square-feet of facilities.
Dr. Bob Small oversaw construction of Building 79 in 1988.
In 1990, these students helped with the RKR's grand opening party.