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
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
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
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.
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
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts General
Restaurant Culinary and Catering
Management and Administration
Restaurant Culinary and Catering Management/Manager
The Culinary Institute of America Degrees or Coursework
all degrees and coursework are necessarily available for all programs of study. )
Degrees or Coursework
The Culinary Institute of America Campus Locations
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to speak with Stephan Hengst.
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