The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, NY
student ratio
total students
$27,930 | $27,930
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


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 second-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 global network of more than 48,000 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.

Bachelor's and Associate Degree Programs

As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA is renowned for its gold-standard degree programs, expert international faculty of more than 170 chefs and instructors, and world-class educational facilities.

The CIA is much more than a culinary school. All of its 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: management, culinary science, and applied food studies. Bachelor's degree students must first complete the CIA's associate degree program. They then each take additional courses to complete their junior and senior years. 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 management students focus on foodservice management development, with a broad range of business management and liberal arts courses. Culinary science students apply a science-based understanding of the culinary arts to improve food production systems, food delivery systems, and customer satisfaction. Students majoring in applied food studies gain expertise in food policies, food systems, environmental issues, sustainability, and more so they can lead and influence policy in the food world.

Rewarding Student Life at Three World-Class Campuses

Each CIA campus has the ingredients of a vibrant, varied student life. Once students step on campus, they feel the energy and discover 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 New York campus; living in the close-knit campus community at the California campus; or a part of the dynamic atmosphere of the urban Texas campus, there is plenty of opportunity for continued learning, networking, and fun.

From contemporary residence halls, lodges, and townhouses to athletics, fitness programs, and diverse activities in the Student Commons, the CIA in New York offers a fulfilling campus life that is broad, deep, and engaging. Themed events, 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 experiences.

The California 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 campus, students can reside in contemporary apartments conveniently located near campus and enjoy all of the culinary, cultural, and entertainment attractions of San Antonio, as well as events and speakers on campus.


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

Ms.Rachel Birchwood

Director of Admissions

Phone: 845-451-1459
Fax: 845-451-1068

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • 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.


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,735
    • Accepted1,105
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled2,778
    • Female Applicants983
    • Females Accepted635
    • Female Acceptance Rate64%
    • Male Applicants752
    • Males Accepted470
    • Male Acceptance Rate62%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • 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 460 580
    • SAT Math 460 570
    • SAT Writing 430 540
    • ACT Composite 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 *$27,930
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,930
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,320
    • Room and board *$9,880
    • Room only *$7,080
    • * 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 Students2,778
    • Male Student Percentage52%
    • Female Student Percentage48%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino14.18%
    • Black or African American5.18%
    • White or Caucasian55.08%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.32%
    • Asian5.69%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.4%
    • Two or more races2.77%
    • Unknown6.23%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout10.15% representing 39 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students71% 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 80%
  • 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 Breakout
    • Total Faculty222
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 2,778 students to 181 faculty