Kendall College

Kendall College

Chicago, IL
student ratio
total students
$22,095 | $22,095
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Minimally Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Highly Ranked Kendall College

Kendall College has been widely ranked by numerous prestigious institutions for their commitment to student career development. "Chicago Michelin Guide Restaurants" has ranked Kendall College 1st among area programs for preparing students for culinary arts careers. The School of Culinary Arts has also been awarded the Academy of the Culinary Arts Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon Cooking School of the Year Culinary Academy Award.

Additionally, Kendall College has been ranked the number 1 program for preparing students for hospitality management careers by Chicago's leading hotels. Kendall College has also ranked 3rd on "SuperScholar Smart Choice's" list of the top 25 online early childhood education programs.

Kendall College -- Committed to Turning Passions into Professions

Kendall College has been a leader in education since it was founded in 1934. Today, the college is devoted to providing students with programs and opportunities to turn their passions into professions. Programs at each of Kendall's 4 schools -- Business, Culinary Arts, Education, and Hospitality Management -- use an immersive, hands-on approach to provide students with the professional skills and knowledge employers value most.

Required professional internships provide practical real-world experiences and opportunities. In addition, Kendall's flexible degree programs allow students to complete their degrees on a full or part time basis, and many also offer a combination of weekend and online schedules.

School of Culinary Arts

The nationally acclaimed School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College equips students with top-rate culinary skills as well as comprehension in business management and communication, preparing graduates to excel in leadership positions within the foodservice industry. The school's $60 million Riverworks Campus features 12 professional grade teaching kitchens, accomplished and award-wining faculty, specialized chocolate/sugar and garde manger kitchens, an outdoor bread oven, and a Zagat-rated, Michelin Guide recommended fine-dining restaurant open to the public and staffed with Kendall students.

The School of Culinary Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Culinary Arts, which may be completed with a concentration in nutrition. The school also offers 3 Associate of Arts and Science (AAS) programs: the AAS in Culinary Arts, the accelerated AAS in culinary arts, and the AAS in Baking and Pastry.

Culinary arts graduates have taken positions at such establishments as Blue Plate Catering, Disney, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, L20, Labriola Bakery, and the Ritz Carlton. Alumni have also made it to finalist positions on "Top Chef: Texas," "Iron Chef," and the World Cup of Baking.

BA of Hospitality Management Program Available in 7 Concentrations

The School of Hospitality Management at Kendall College educates future leaders of the global hospitality industry through comprehensive experiential and theoretical learning, collaborative opportunities, and two professional internships.

The School of Hospitality Management offers a BA in Hospitality Management in 7 concentrations: hotel/lodging management; beverage management; restaurant/food and beverage management; sports management; sustainable management in hospitality and tourism; global hospitality management with Glion certificate; and meeting, incentive, convention, and exhibition (MICE).

Study abroad opportunities allow students to complete internships at the best institutions within the United States and all over the globe, including locations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hospitality careers have experienced the greatest increase in starting salaries of any field in the country. Kendall graduates have taken positions at Global Hyatt Corporation, Harrah's Entertainment, Princess Cruises, Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, and Walt Disney Resort.

Kendall's Flexible Business Degree Available in 2 Concentrations

The Kendall College International School of Business prepares students to succeed in globally conscious leadership positions within a variety of service sectors worldwide. Courses draw on faculty member expertise and integrated industry connections to help students develop problem solving skills and business credentials. Students are immersed in real-world situations through the use of situation-based challenges, living case studies, management simulations, and integrative projects.

The School of Business offers a flexible BA in Business program that can be completed on campus or fully online. Concentrations are available in either management or small business management. Management course are designed to provide a solid foundation in areas such as business innovation and global leadership. Small business management courses prepare graduates to start and/or expand a small business, and cover topics including virtual business ventures and consumer behavior.

Recent BA graduates have taken positions at such prestigious companies as Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Hyatt Hotels, and Innovative Event Designs.

Early Childhood Education Programs

The School of Education at Kendall College is committed to preparing teacher candidates who are equipped to meet the challenges in today's education setting. Coursework provides core knowledge and skills, while field experiences and clinical practices provide real-world opportunities. Flexible programs allow students and working professionals to complete their coursework on a full or part time basis, on campus, online, or both through Kendall's hybrid format.

The School of Education offers two BA in Early Childhood Education programs, one as a non-licensure program or and the other with Illinois teacher licensure. A post-baccalaureate Illinois Teacher Licensure Preparation program is also available. Each early childhood education program may be completed in one of 6 concentrations: childhood nutrition, English as a Second Language (ESL), infants and toddlers, grant management, small business management, and special education.

Student Life at Kendall College

Students at Kendall College have the opportunity to take advantage of many social activities and programs. The Office of Student Life at Kendall organizes many additional on- and off-campus activities, ranging from rock climbing to performing arts. Nearly a dozen active student organizations operate on campus, including the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH), the Garden Club, Kendall College Marketing Club, and Latinos Juntos. Kendall's housing options offer fully furnished luxury high-rise living just steps from the city's best festivals, restaurants, and entertainment.

Kendall's Career Services team helps students jump-start their futures through in-depth internships and building professional networks.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Kendall College Students

Kendall College offers many scholarships, awards, and tuition reductions to qualified students, based on their academic achievement, interests, financial need, and other criteria. Institutional scholarships include Kendall Achievement Scholarships for high school graduates nominated by their high schools, in addition to the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship, and Presidential Scholarship. Several tuition awards and reductions are available, including community college transfer discounts, corporate education partnerships, institutional grants, and military discounts.

Located in the Heart of Chicago

Kendall College is located on a recently renovated campus in the heart of metropolitan Chicago, Illinois. The city offers countless influential and educational experiences, as demonstrated through the convergence of many different cultures, lifestyles, ethnicities, and perspectives. Students may take advantage of many interesting attractions, including award-winning theater performances, Millennium Park, Adler Planetarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and many more museums, galleries, sports teams, and over 7,300 restaurants.

Location & Contact

900 N. North Branch Street
Chicago, IL 60201-2899

Mr.Thomas Marigliano

Director of Enrollment


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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality and Recreation Marketing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hotel/Motel Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Small Business Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Levels and Methods) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Educational Administration and Supervision Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Educational Leadership and Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Cooking and Related Culinary 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.
    • Institutional Food Workers
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


97% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied361
    • Accepted353
    • Acceptance Rate97%
    • Enrolled2,545
    • Female Applicants241
    • Females Accepted235
    • Female Acceptance Rate97%
    • Male Applicants120
    • Males Accepted118
    • Male Acceptance Rate98%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.75
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 21 18 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$22,095
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,095
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$825
    • Room and board *$9,900
    • Room only *$9,450
    • * 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 offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,545
    • Male Student Percentage26%
    • Female Student Percentage74%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students23% 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 Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other late night security in dorms


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty209
    • Full-time Percentage22%
    • Part-time Percentage78%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio18:1 or 1,835 students to 102 faculty




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