The Culinary Institute of America

  • Student Commons

    There’s plenty to do outside the classroom at the CIA, and the hub of that activity at the New York campus is the Student Commons. This amazing, fully integrated facility houses student dining and recreation, administrative offices, and classrooms. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Student Commons is the place on campus for CIA students to dine, play, learn, and just hang out with friends.

    CIA Student Recreation

    One of the main areas of the Student Commons provides students with a wide variety of centralized, on-campus athletic and recreation options. These include:

    • Cardio center
    • Free-weight room
    • Circuit training area
    • Yoga and Pilates room
    • Gymnasium with two official-size basketball/volleyball courts
    • Indoor track
    • Six-lane pool
    • Two racquetball courts
    • Outdoor sports facilities include an athletic field for softball and soccer, and two tennis courts.

    For leisure-time activities, students can enjoy nearby Catskill and Berkshire ski areas, local golf courses, Taconic State Park, and New York City museums and theaters. Call 845-451-1400 for information on weekend activities and excursions in the Hudson Valley.

    CIA Student Organizations

    An area just past the main lobby will house several of the college’s main student organizations:

    • Student Government Association
    • La Papillote, the campus newspaper
    • SPICE (Student Programming Igniting Campus Entertainment)

    Beginning summer 2015, the student experience at the CIA will reach a whole new level of “amazing.”

    Here are some of the spectacular features that will be available when construction of the CIA Student Commons is completed:

    CIA Student Dining

    The spectacular student dining area is a key component of the Students Commons, providing dozens of culinary options for the campus community:

    • The Egg seats nearly 500 students, with additional outdoor seating for 150 available.
    • A high-volume production kitchen supports The Egg, and is run consistent with the college’s curriculum.
    • A pop-up concept restaurant developed and operated by CIA bachelor’s degree students will be a key component of the college’s Intrapreneurship concentration, and will change each semester.
    • The Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA is integrated into the degree program curricula and supports the college’s beverage education programs.
    • At the marketplace, students shop for fresh seasonal produce, cured meats and charcuteries, cheeses, breads, dried pastas, healthy grab-and-go meals, snacks, and beverages.

    Student Commons—Additional Features

    • An office suite housing Student Affairs, Residential Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Health Services
    • Live edible plant and herb walls and a green rooftop with extensive gardens created for the cultivation of berries
    • Meeting rooms with smart board technology; a stage for open mic nights, karaoke, comedy shows, cooking demos, and more; and a library and other study areas
    • Student amenities such as convenient mailbox access, an ATM, a photo booth, high-speed Wi-Fi access, more than 100 device-charging stations, and complimentary purified sparkling water stations

    The Egg

    The new dining facility—known as “The Egg” because of its oval shape—provides seating for nearly 500 students, with an additional 150 seats available outdoors. The Egg features a dozen foodservice options for CIA students, supported by a serpentine shaped, high-volume production kitchen that’s run consistent with the college’s curriculum.

    The dining area also includes a pop-up concept restaurant, a comprehensive marketplace, and a small brewery, as well as number of student lounges with features such as fireplaces, upholstered furniture, and work tables.

    Students will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner through this new venue, and there will be opportunities for after-hours dining as well. All of the dining options will be available to students seven days a week from 11 a.m.–11 p.m., with a mini coffee pastry shop open from 7 a.m.–11 p.m. when the college is in session.

  • Student Activities

    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY, 12538-1499

    845-451-1400