The Bachelor of Science in Resort and Attraction Management is offered both in-person and fully online

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BGSU and Cedar Fair Partnership

Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management

BGSU is partnering with Cedar Fair to offer the only Bachelor of Science in resort and attraction management (RAAM). This innovative partnership provides graduates with leadership opportunities in the resort and attraction management industry.

Junior and senior classes are taught at an academic facility near Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The RAAM program can also be completed fully online.

To learn more, contact the Professor and Founding Director, Dr. Swathi Ravichandran at 419-372-0733 or

The average annual salary for management occupations in amusement parks and arcades was $85,540 in May 2022.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why study Resort and Attraction Management at BGSU

Get ready for hands-on learning with guaranteed, paid and customizable co-ops in more than 20 different departments at Cedar Fair parks. 

Take advantage of nearly $170,000 in annual scholarships exclusively for RAAM students from BGSU and Cedar Fair. 

Your dream degree, your way, study in-person or online, and enjoy the flexibility to balance your academic and professional commitments.

Immerse yourself in a unique academic calendar that allows you to spend six months in the field and six months in the classroom.

Join a close-knit cohort of like-minded students and enjoy pre-scheduled course offerings that help you build a strong peer network.

Prepare for your future with extensive certification, professional development and networking opportunities with resort and attraction industry leaders.

Take your studies overseas with a study abroad program in England and France, where you will explore iconic attractions, meet industry leaders and broaden your horizons.

With the BGSU RAAM program, this is your chance to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Your Degree Your Way

We are excited to announce that the RAAM program is now available fully online in addition to our in-person offering, giving students the freedom and flexibility to design their educational experience.

Is the Fully Online Program for Me?

Whether you are place-bound for personal or professional reasons and are interested in pursuing a degree in resort and attraction management, the online RAAM degree is for you! The fully online RAAM program is designed for those who have worked or are currently working in the resort or attraction (or related) industry. All courses required for the RAAM program can be completed fully online, regardless of where you are. The online program adopts BGSU’s distance learning tuition and fee structure making the RAAM program not just accessible but also affordable. 

For more information on tuition and fees associated with completing the program fully online, please refer to the distance learning tuition and fees.

A Career with potential

Graduates can expect to join a profession changing to meet new demands. Millions of American jobs are directly supported by domestic and international travelers in the United States, and millions more American jobs are supported by travel. 

This program has unrivaled opportunities domestically and internationally with valued skills and a strong portfolio of experience upon graduation. 

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Cedar Fair Scholarships for RAAM students

Cedar Fair offers annual scholarships for RAAM students, amounting to $45,000 in total. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be currently enrolled in the RAAM program. Preference will be given to those who have worked at a Cedar Fair park within the last 12 months. There are thirty scholarships available, each valued at $1,500. The Erie County Community Foundation is responsible for administering these scholarships. Eligible students are encouraged to apply between August 1 and September 30 each year.

Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management Scholarship

Let us help finance the ride of your life! Full-time students enrolling in the in-person RAAM program are eligible to apply for a two-year scholarship (general fees and nonresident fees excluded) with a 2.5 college GPA. There is no financial need requirement. Apply for the RAAM scholarship online annually by May 15.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

Search and apply to hundreds of scholarships!   Freshman Scholarships    Transfer Scholarships

The Falcon Tuition Guarantee for the In-Person Degree

No Tuition Increases!

With the Falcon Tuition Guarantee, you know from the start how much your education will cost. Your tuition rate will stay the same from your first year to graduation.*

We know paying for college is a big investment. That is why BGSU is offering tuition protection with the Falcon Tuition Guarantee. It’s just another way we’re keeping costs down and quality high so you’ll have access to a life-changing education.

*Maximum four-academic year period is guaranteed.

Cost of Attendance

While housed near Cedar Point, America's Roller Coast, in Sandusky, Ohio, the RAAM program is a degree program of the BGSU Main Campus with Firelands College as its academic home. Tuition and fees are therefore based on Main Campus rates. Students have the flexibility to complete the general education requirements during the first two years at either the main or Huron campus. Please visit the Bursar’s website for information about tuition and fees for the RAAM program, for both the in-person and online options.

The business of FUN

The Cedar Fair resort and attraction management program includes four, 10-week semesters of classroom instruction in amusement park management and two full-time guaranteed, paid co-op experiences at one of Cedar Fair’s themed parks in North America or a similar establishment. 

Coursework focuses on preparing students for management careers in the resort and attraction management industry. Whatever your interest in theme park management, you will have a chance to learn from leading industry professionals and put your learning to use at Cedar Point.

Students are required to complete two paid customizable co-ops at one of the Cedar Fair parks or another similar establishment, a key element in developing career-ready graduates. These co-ops can be completed in various areas of amusement park management, including park operations, resort management, food and beverage management, merchandising, safety, security and product development. Support functions including marketing, finance, information technology and human resources may also be incorporated into the experience.

This pioneering partnership prepares students to graduate with relevant professional experience, strong theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge of the resort and attraction management industry.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Lodging Operations for Resorts and Attractions
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media
  • Merchandise and Gaming Management
  • Entertainment and Event Management
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Risk Management and Safety

BGSU and Cedar Fair Partnership

Bowling Green State University is your classroom and Cedar Fair Amusement Parks are your laboratory. Guaranteed paid and customizable co-op opportunities are included in this degree. Cedar Fair – the parent company of Cedar Point – is widely recognized as an industry leader in a sector set for rapid growth. Cedar Fair runs 11 attractions across Ohio, the midwest and the rest of the U.S. and even Canada. 

This one-of-a-kind partnership provides a leadership path in the resort and attraction management industry with skills guaranteed to be career-relevant. In this innovative public-private partnership, theory and practice are integrated into a curriculum co-designed by faculty and industry leaders to deliver a program that combines teaching, research, scholarship and industry experience.

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Living in Sandusky

Living in Sandusky

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Downtown Sandusky offers a variety of entertainment and recreation venues along the shores of Lake Erie. Whether you’re interested in lake activities, sporting events, fine dining or shopping, Sandusky has it all. The City of Sandusky Transit System (STS) is free for students and there is a bus stop right outside the academic space in downtown Sandusky

On-site Housing Opportunities

While Falcon Point Lofts occupies the four upper floors of the academic facility, these apartments are considered off-campus housing and are not affiliated with BGSU. To speak with the leasing manager at Falcon Point Lofts, call 419-366-1316.

Off-site Housing Opportunities

Housing options in the Sandusky area can be found on sites like Walkscore,, Airbnb, ForRent and Zillow or through realtors like Vacationland Realty: 419-627-1111 and Strayer Group Property Management: 419-625-8218.

We welcome applications from international students and want to make your application process as smooth as possible. Submit your application and required admission materials early.

Transfer Students

Bowling Green State University is one of the most transfer-friendly universities in Ohio. 

The BGSU Cedar Fair resort and attraction management program continually seeks aspiring leaders, with transfer students being an integral part of our campus community. If you have 12 or more credit hours from a two- or four-year college or university, we encourage you to begin your application for admission to this unique amusement park-based degree program and discover what credits will transfer.

BGSU is committed to helping you every step of the way through the transfer process. We prioritize developing clear pathways that facilitate a smooth transfer to the BGSU Cedar Fair resort and attraction management. 

We also have academic program partnerships that will provide additional transfer options: 

BGSU's transfer credit agreements with Lorain County Community College, Tri-C Community College and Columbus State Community College provide you with a map to your future. 

Imagine the academic program partnership agreements as your GPS. They provide you with the fastest and best route to reach the end of your educational destination. No detours, obstacles or delays, just smooth sailing, taking only the courses that satisfy the Cedar Fair resort and attraction management degree requirements from beginning to end.

Current Transfer Agreements for the BGSU Resort and Attraction Management program

Begin your Bachelor’s of Science in resort and attraction management at any one of the following schools and know your credits will transfer. Review the transfer agreements for Lorain County Community College, Tri-C Community College and Columbus State Community College.

Attendance at North American theme parks is forecasted to increase 7% during the 2022-2026 period.

Source: International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

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Study Abroad with RAAM  

The RAAM program offers a spring study abroad opportunity for all BGSU undergraduate majors who want to analyze global, real-world business challenges and opportunities of resort and attraction venues. Students can immerse themselves in cultural experiences throughout England and France.  

This exciting experience will involve evaluating the complex interrelationships and functional areas of operating resort and attraction enterprises. Students will apply strategic thinking and problem-solving skills while developing industry expertise in the context of the global arena.   

To find out more or to express interest, visit

Resort Program in UK

The BGSU RAAM students had the opportunity to embark on an international adventure when they visited Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Their main objective was to learn about their industry from a global perspective. As part of their trip, they also had the chance to explore the renowned Alton Towers Resort, the top-ranked theme park in the UK, featuring a wide array of thrilling rides and attractions. This experience left a lasting impression on the students, combining education and excitement in a memorable way. 

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Guaranteed Paid Internships

As a key part of the BGSU Cedar Fair resort and attraction management degree program, students will be required to complete two guaranteed paid co-ops at one of the Cedar Fair amusement and theme parks across the U.S. and abroad or another similar establishment.

Cedar Fair currently operates the following resorts and attractions:

  • California’s Great America, Santa Clara, California 
  • Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario 
  • Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina 
  • Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio 
  • Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania 
  • Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virgnia 
  • Kings Island, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California 
  • Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, Michigan 
  • Valleyfair, Shakopee, Minnesota 
  • Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

GO FAR in your career

  • Theme park leadership
  • Resort management
  • Food and beverage management
  • Guest service management
  • Human resources management
  • Marketing and social media
  • Event management and group sales
  • Safety and security management
  • Theme park and rides maintenance
  • Live entertainment and attractions technology

Student Organizations

Resort and Attraction Industry Leaders   
The mission of RAIL is to enrich the learning experience and lives of students through travel, professional development, networking and educational experiences for those interested in theme park, resort and attraction management.

President, Evan Ponstingle

Marketing Officer, Asher Raymond

Co-Faculty Advisors:
Jared Hillman,
Mary Wisnom,

Learn more about RAIL


Exploring the exciting possibilities of your future career is a thrilling and rewarding adventure. As a BGSU RAAM alumnus, you have access to a vast network of successful professionals who are making a difference in the world. It's inspiring to know that many of our alumni are working for top-tier companies, using their skills and knowledge to excel in a variety of exciting roles.

You will find BGSU RAAM alumni working at companies such as:

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 06/17/2024 03:50PM