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The Culinary Institute of America

  • Hyde Park, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 47%53%
    student ratio
  • 2,814
    total students
  • $26,950 | $26,950
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 89%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 527
    sat math
  • 518
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 23
    act composite

Overview

The CIA: The Proven Path to an Exciting Career in the World of Food

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world's best undergraduate education, offering bachelor's and associate degree programs with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science. Guided by its core values of excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity, the college strives to foster an atmosphere where students can develop both professionally and personally.

At the CIA, aspiring culinarians gain the general knowledge and specific skills they need to grow into positions of leadership in the foodservice and hospitality industry, the 2nd-largest private employer in the United States. CIA graduates do it all in the food world -- they are successful chefs, restaurant owners, company managers, media personalities, entrepreneurs, food stylists, food writers, educators, and more. The college's successful network of more than 45,000 alumni offers graduates lifelong opportunities for mentoring and career opportunity.

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America today enrolls more than 2,800 students from virtually every state and 30 countries around the world, all united by their shared passion for food. The CIA student body has a balance of recent high school graduates and adults returning to higher education.

The college has 3 U.S. locations: its 170-acre main campus in Hyde Park, NY, in the bountiful Hudson River Valley, and branch campuses in California's legendary Napa Valley (St. Helena) and in the vibrant city of San Antonio, TX.

Degree Programs in Culinary Arts, Baking, and Pastry Arts, and Culinary Science

As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA is renowned for its gold-standard degree programs, expert international faculty of more than 150 chefs and instructors, and world-class educational facilities.

All CIA degree programs emphasize professional, hands-on learning in the college's world-famous kitchens, bakeshops, restaurants, and classrooms. CIA classes span the culinary globe, exploring great cultures, cooking and baking techniques, and cuisines to prepare students for the diversity and creativity of the foodservice industry. Classes are taken in a progressive sequence optimized to build skills, food knowledge, and production experience. At the core of the CIA's curriculum is 1,300 hours of hands-on instruction as well as classes developing the managerial skills and creative thinking that today's culinary professional requires.

The college offers 21-month associate degree programs in culinary arts and in baking and pastry arts at its New York, California, and Texas campuses. During the programs, students learn about foods, cooking and baking techniques, cuisines, and business fundamentals while advancing through skills and production kitchens. They also gain invaluable experience in an externship program and by cooking and serving in the college's award-winning public restaurants.

The CIA also offers bachelor's degree programs in 3 major areas of study: culinary arts management, baking and pastry arts management, and culinary science. Bachelor's degree students must first complete the CIA's associate degree program. They then each take an additional 17 months of study in their junior and senior years for a total of 38 months for the degree. Students who earn their associate degrees at the California or Texas campus can transfer to the New York campus to complete the bachelor's degree program.

Bachelor's degree students in the management majors gain the ideal combination of business, leadership, and cultural knowledge they need for successful careers in management -- or to create and operate their own businesses in the future. In their upper-level years, they take courses in leadership, marketing, communications, foreign languages and cultures, technology, and financial and human resources management. They also have the option of taking one of 3 study concentrations -- "Advanced Wine, Beverages, and Hospitality;" "American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking;" or "Latin Cuisines." Alternatively, students may choose to embark on a "Food, Wine, and (Agri)culture" travel experience to a celebrated culinary region in destinations such as Spain, Italy, China, or France.

Bachelor's degree students majoring in culinary science learn the scientific foundations of food production and prepare for careers in the kitchens of the most advanced restaurants, or in the research kitchens of leading foodservice companies. Junior- and senior-level courses allow students to grow an evidence-based understanding of food and gain experiential, hands-on reinforcement of fundamental scientific principles. They also compare traditional techniques of food production and food delivery systems with new methods using modern equipment technologies.

Rewarding Student Life at 3 World-Class Campuses

Each CIA campus has the ingredients of a vibrant, varied student life. Once students step on campus, they can't miss the fact that there is a lot going on, and that the CIA is not only a first-rate college for learning, but a wonderful place to live. Whether students are immersed in the more traditional college environment of the Hudson Valley, NY main campus; living in the close-knit campus community at the Napa Valley, CA campus; or a part of the dynamic atmosphere of the urban campus in San Antonio, TX, there is plenty of opportunity for continued learning, networking, and fun.

From contemporary residence halls, lodges, and townhouses to athletics and fitness programs in the Student Recreation Center, the CIA in New York offers a fulfilling campus life that is broad, deep, and engaging. Poetry readings, cook-offs, and live entertainment combine with college-sponsored trips, intercollegiate athletics, and student clubs to create a lively, active, and interesting lifestyle. Off campus, its proximity to New York City and the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains gives students opportunities for countless cultural, culinary, and outdoor activities.

The California branch campus, located in the heart of the Napa Valley north of San Francisco, offers modern student residence halls, including a LEED-certified "green" building. Students can take part in a variety of student clubs, activities, and special events, and enjoy the unparalleled wine and food culture of the region. At the Texas branch campus, students can reside in contemporary dorm-style apartments conveniently located near campus and enjoy all of the culinary, cultural, and entertainment attractions of San Antonio, as well as special events and speakers on campus.

Accreditation

The Culinary Institute of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (telephone: 215-662-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


Location & Contact

1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
USA

Ms.Rachel Birchwood

Director of Admissions

Phone: 845-451-1459
Fax: 845-451-1068
Email: admissions@culinary.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Business/marketing
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Culinary Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

89% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,123
    • Accepted1,007
    • Acceptance Rate89%
    • Enrolled2,814
    • Female Applicants587
    • Females Accepted534
    • Female Acceptance Rate90%
    • Male Applicants536
    • Males Accepted473
    • Male Acceptance Rate88%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Affidavit of Support
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.10
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 518 470 580
    • SAT Math 527 470 580
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 23 21 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$26,950
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,950
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,290.00
    • Room and board *$9,652.00
    • Room only *$6,880.00
    • * 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,814
    • Male Student Percentage53%
    • Female Student Percentage47%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino11.87%
    • Black or African American4.83%
    • White or Caucasian60.13%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.5%
    • Asian5.54%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.28%
    • Two or more races2.1%
    • Unknown5.08%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout9.67% representing 38 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students77% 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 79%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • 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 Alliance, Baking and Pastry Society, Global Culinary Society, Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society, Chips Supporting Agriculture
  • 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 Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty196
    • Full-time Percentage78%
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Female Percentage32%
    • Male Percentage68%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio17:1 or 2,814 students to 167 faculty


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