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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. This innovative partnership will provide graduates with leadership opportunities in the resort and attraction management industry.

Junior and senior classes are taught at a residential facility near Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

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

The average annual salary for general and operational managers of amusement parks and arcades was $92,720 in May 2018.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

A Career with potential

Cedar Fair – the parent company of Cedar Point – is widely recognized as an industry leader in a sector set for rapid growth after the pandemic.  With pent-up demand for travel and amusement experiences, high growth is anticipated in the near future. 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. 

Graduates of this program will have unrivaled opportunities domestically and internationally with valued skills and a strong portfolio of experience upon graduation. 

Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) 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, 2021

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

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



The Falcon Tuition Guarantee

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.

The business of FUN

This co-developed program will be led by BGSU faculty. It’s a degree completion program where junior and senior-level courses will be taught in downtown Sandusky, Ohio, at a brand new multipurpose facility developed by Cedar Fair. This is the first degree program of its kind to specifically address the unique needs surrounding the management of amusement parks, theme parks, resorts and similar establishments.

Students will complete the first two years at BGSU’s Bowling Green campus. Transfer students can come from any two- or four-year college and finish at the Cedar Fair study-and-live facility in downtown Sandusky, Ohio. The facility houses classrooms and apartment-style housing for the cohort and is a short distance from Cedar Point, Ohio -- one of the best-rated theme parks in the MidWest.

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 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

Photo by Joey Cassel via New Departure Films

downtown-sandusky

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

Residential Facility (Falcon Point Lofts is within same building as the academic classrooms). To speak with the leasing manager, call 419-366-1316. BGSU RAAM students may be eligible for a housing stipend through Cedar Fair.

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

Curriculum

The program is taught and led by faculty and industry experts at a purpose-built multipurpose live/learn facility in Sandusky, Ohio, home of Cedar Fair corporate headquarters. Sandusky is also home to Cedar Point, the world’s roller coaster capital, on Lake Erie’s shores. See your lessons in action, within sight of your residence.

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 will focus 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 will be 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.

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.

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

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

Student Organizations

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, Jim Broff
Jbroff@bgsu.edu

Co-Faculty Advisors:
Jared Hillman, Jhillma@bgsu.edu
Mary Wisnom, mwisnom@bgsu.edu

News

Inside the new home of BGSU's Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management program

Photos capture the first day of classes as BGSU officially opens the doors to the academic center of the first-of-its-kind program.

American Coaster Enthusiasts featuring Swathi Ravichandran

Kris and Clint from ACE learn more about BGSU's Cedar Fair Resort and Attraction Management program.



* 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 assessment@bgsu.edu.