The Culinary Institute of America

  • Orientation Activities Schedule: California Campus

    Move-In Day for Residential Students

    Dress Code: Casual Dress

    • 1–3 p.m.
      Check-in with Residence Life Staff
    • 4 p.m.
      Mandatory Orientation Meeting, followed by Dinner


    Your orientation will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. on Day One. The dress code is business casual and you and your guests will be provided with a continental breakfast and buffet lunch on your first day. As we near your start date, a detailed orientation schedule will be e-mailed to you by the CIA's Credit-Based Programs Coordinator.

    Here's a sampling of some of the sessions that you will experience during your first few days as a CIA student:

    • Introduction to The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone & Campus Tour

    • Introductions, Presentations, and Check-in Stations with Various CIA Offices
      Including: Safety/Security, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, HR/Employment, Learning Strategies Center, Residence Life, Registrar, Career Services, Campus Store, and Career Services

    • Uniform Fittings, Guidelines & Standards

    • Knife Kit Distribution & Explanation of Tools in Kit

    • Presentations on:
      • Hygiene in the Kitchen
      • Alcohol Awareness
      • Technology on Campus
      • Explanation of Your Class Schedule
      • Learning Strategies Center: Time Management & How to Take an Exam
      • Introduction to the Fundamentals of Cooking & Flavor Dynamics
      • Student Strengths Inventory

    • Challenge Exams in Writing and/or Math

    • Team Building Activities

    For questions about orientation, please call the Credit-Based Programs Coordinator at 707-967-2407.

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