The Culinary Institute of America

  • Orientation Activities Schedule: New York Campus

    Move-In Day for Residential Students
    Dress Code:
    Casual Dress

    • 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
      Move into residence hall room
    • 5–6:30 p.m.
      Tour with student tour guides—leaving from your Residence Hall Lounge
    • 6:30–7:30 p.m.
      Individual Residence Hall Meetings—Angell, Hudson, Pick-Herndon, and Rosenthal Halls

    Day 1
    Dress Code:
    Business Casual (at 2:45 p.m. you will change into casual attire & orientation t-shirt)

    • 6:30–7:15 a.m.
      Welcome Breakfast—The Line at the Egg, Student Commons
    • 7:30 a.m.
      Registration—Lobby of Admissions Building
    • 8:10 a.m.
      Meeting for commuter students
    • 9:15 a.m.
      International student welcome and information session
    • 9:30 a.m.
      Veteran students welcome session
    • 10 a.m.
      Math Challenge Exams
      Prior approval is required to take this exam.
    • Noon
    • 1–2:30 p.m.
      Welcome Address by President Tim Ryan
    • 2:30–2:45 p.m.
      Return to residence halls to change into casual clothes. Commuters change in the Recreation Center locker room. Wear orientation T-shirt, sneakers, and casual pants/jeans/shorts.
    • 2:45–4:15 p.m.
      Team Building—Student Rec Center (Gym)
    • 4:15–5 p.m
      Discussion of Required Online Programs
    • 5 p.m.
      Uniform Distribution

    Day 2
    Dress Code:
    CIA Uniform

    • 6:30–7:15 a.m.
      Breakfast (optional)—Farquharson Hall
    • 8–8:35 a.m.
      Succeeding at the CIA
    • 8:45–9:45 a.m.
      Learning Strategies for Success: Academic Resources
    • 9:50–10:20 a.m.
      Loggin In to the CIA: IT Information
    • 10:20–11 a.m.
      Q&A with all students. Commuter student tour of Roth Hall.
    • 11 a.m.
    • 12:15–1:15 p.m.
      Ensuring a Safe Campus for Everyone
    • 1:05–2 p.m.
      Supporting Your Success: Counseling & Psychological Services
    • 2–2:45 p.m.
      Your Personal CIA Resources: Financial Aid, Health Services, Residence Life, and Student Activities
    • 3–3:30 p.m.
      The World's Best Meal Plan
    • 3:30–4 p.m.
      Your Class Schedule
    • 4 p.m.
      Celebration of the Toque
    • 5–7 p.m.

    Days 3 and 4 vary depending on your major and, for culinary arts students, whether you're assigned to an AM or PM class schedule. Topics covered include First Year Expectations, Uniform Protocols, Introduction to Course Material, Classroom/Kitchen/Bakeshop Orientation, Tour of the Storeroom, Review of Equipment & Saftey, and other topics.

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