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Study at The Culinary Institute of America

Founded more than 60 years ago, the Culinary Institute of America is one of the most respected culinary education colleges in the United States and beyond. Located near the shores of the Hudson River in Hyde Park, NY, the CIA is somewhat unique from other cooking colleges in that it is a not-for-profit institution which the college claims is an edge, as its focus remains education rather than shareholder profits. The college’s reputation is bolstered by the celebrity chefs that it has graduated such as Todd English, Cat Cora, Anthony Bourdain and many others.

The CIA is accredited by both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (regional accreditation) and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

Points of Distinction

  • Strong reputation for culinary education
  • Beautiful campus near Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Many household name chefs among its alumni
  • Five student operated restaurants on the Hyde Park campus

Course Topics

Students intent on earning a degree can choose one of two tracks: Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts. For either choice, students may pursue a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate degree.

Culinary Institute of America Admissions

The CIA’s admission system is designed to ensure that entering students are prepared to take on the challenges of their education. For example, the college requires that students have at least six months experience working in food preparation where at least half of the food is prepared on-site. The school also requires recommendations and completion of an assessment test – although those who completed the SAT or ACT may be exempt if they received an acceptable score. of course, all students must have a high school diploma or a GED.

A large portion of the students who attend The Culinary Institute receive some form of aid. In fact a recent survey reveals that more than nine out of ten full-time students get some form of assistance. The college’s financial aid office helps students determine what each qualified student may be eligible to receive.


The CIA employs more than 125 instructors from more than a dozen different countries around the world. The college employs more chefs with American Culinary Federation certification than any other college globally. Among the faculty are Culinary Olympic Gold Medal winners, cookbook writers and others with impressive credentials. The student-faculty ratio at the school is about 18 to 1.

Student enrolment

There are more than 2500 students at the CIA. Based on 2005 enrolment figures, men were in the majority in excess of a 3:2 margin.

Student life

The Culinary Institute has several student residence facilities on the Hyde Park campus which is an uncommon feature for culinary colleges. The college has a Student Recreation Center and there are several student clubs for those with special interests. The campus is located in a beautiful, upstate New York setting, but it’s still within daytrip range of New York City. Amtrak service to New York is located in nearby Poughkeepsie.

Programs of Study

(Note:Not all programs are necessarily available at all locations. )

Culinary Arts and Pastry
  • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
  • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts General
Hospitality Management
  • Restaurant Culinary and Catering Management/Manager
Management and Administration
  • Restaurant Culinary and Catering Management/Manager

The Culinary Institute of America Degrees or Coursework

(Note:Not all degrees and coursework are necessarily available for all programs of study. )

Degrees or Coursework
  • Associate
  • Bachelor

The Culinary Institute of America Campus Locations

New York
  • Hyde Park

http://www.ciachef.edu/Contacts and Locations

United States Universities, Colleges and Schools

The CIA, Hyde Park, NY

• Bachelor s Degree Programs in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts Management

• Associate Degree Programs in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts

• Five Public Restaurants

• Cuinary Boot Camp Programs

• Food Enthusiast Classes

• ProChef Certification Training

• Continuing Education Courses for Professionals

• Custom Culinary Consulting for Industry


Stephan Hengst



Jeff Levine



Virginia Mur?br> v_mure@culinary.edu


For more information about the CIA s Continuing Education, Boot Camp, or Consulting programs at the Hyde Park, NY campus, please contact:

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The CIA at Greystone, St. Helena, CA

• Associate Degree Programs in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts

• 30-week Certificate in Accelerated Wine and Beverage

• 30-week Certificate in Accelerated Culinary Arts

• Food Enthusiast Classes

• Professional Wine Studies Programs

• Continuing Education Courses for Professionals

• The Wine Spectator Restaurant


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The CIA, San Antonio, TX

• 30-week Certificate in Culinary Arts

• Continuing Education Courses for Professionals

• Food Enthusiast Classes


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