The Culinary Institute of America

  • Applying to the CIA

    Take the First Step—Create Your Account and Apply Today!

    Applying for CIA degree or certificate programs is easy. Simply create your online account and complete the application form. A CIA counselor is just a phone call or e-mail away to assist you if you have questions.

    Our application is designed to help us get to know you—to learn about your food and career interests, foodservice experience, and academic performance. Help us learn about you by starting your application today!

    How do I apply?

    The steps for applying vary by degree and certificate program, but here is a general overview of the CIA’s application steps:

    1. Create an account and complete your application form, either online or by mail.
    2. Answer short questions or submit a statement of purpose.
    3. Sign, date and submit your application with your $50 application fee.
    4. Ask for recommendations.
    5. Request your official transcript, to send to the CIA Admissions Department.
    6. Submit your SAT/ACT scores (optional).

    Need more details? The links will take you to a more detailed description of your application process.


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  • Online Open House

    Chat with one of our students or admissions representatives as well as find out what other people are asking, then join us for an Online Open House.

  • Scholarships to the CIA

    Don't let financial concerns stand in the way of your education. The CIA has a variety of scholarships that can help make your dreams a reality.