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 offers the only resort and attraction management degree embedded in a theme park. BGSU is partnering with Cedar Fair to offer a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The average annual salary for management occupations in amusement parks and arcades was $80,760 in May 2021.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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 have unrivaled opportunities domestically and internationally with valued skills and a strong portfolio of experience upon graduation.
*NEW* Cedar Fair Scholarships for RAAM students
Cedar Fair has introduced a new scholarship program for RAAM students totaling $45,000 to be distributed during the 2022-23 academic year. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in the RAAM program and have worked at a Cedar Fair park during the past 12 months. Thirty scholarships – each worth $1,500 – are available and are expected to be announced in May 2023. These scholarships are being administered by the Erie County Community Foundation. Eligible students are encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2023.
Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management Scholarship
Let us help finance the ride of your life! Students enrolling in the RAAM program can earn a full-tuition, 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 by May 15, 2023
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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 distance learning 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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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, Apartments.com, 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.
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.
Annual visitation numbers for theme parks in America are expected to rise by 2.2 percent yearly through 2024.
Source: International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
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 (Birmingham and London) and France (Paris).
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 bgsu.edu/raamabroad
Internships and Careers
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
- Park operations manager
- Resort and hotel managers
- Safety and security management
- Food and beverage managers
- Hospitality manager
- Tourism directors
- and other leadership positions
Resort and Attraction Management Professionals
The mission of RAAMP 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, Connor Zebrowski
Jared Hillman, Jhillma@bgsu.edu
Mary Wisnom, email@example.com
Inaugural Resort and Attraction Management class at BGSU turns fun into a career
Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management program is the result of a unique public-private partnership to educate students in the business of amusement parks and resorts.
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* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: 03/16/2023 03:14PM