• CIA Alumni Steve Ells '90 and his fast food chain, Chipotle
  • College Success Rate

    Choose a Culinary College that Gives You the Greatest Chance for Success

    Look for strong graduation rates.

    • When you invest in education, outcomes are key. Are you likely to graduate? Will you get a job? The CIA's overall graduation rate is an impressive 78%, and of those associate-degree graduates who choose to continue on to the BPS program in their junior year, 90% received their degree.
    • These rates exceed the national averages for two-year private colleges (51%) and four-year private colleges and universities (55%).* In comparison, Johnson & Wales reported an overall graduation rate of 58%.
    • Your CIA degree gives you a "leg up"—76% of surveyed employers indicated they prefer to hire CIA graduates.

    *Source: 2012 ACT National Collegiate Retention and Persistence to Degree Rates Report and IPEDS Data Center

    Look for opportunities for long-term career and earnings success.

    • CIA graduates work for top employers and have extraordinary career and salary growth. In their first five years, they tend to increase their salaries 50% and advance to higher positions. Plus, a 2002 survey of CIA alumni showed their median salaries to be 25–67% higher than median industry salaries reported by the National Restaurant Association for 2001–2002.

    Look for a large network of successful alumni.

    • When it comes to your future, what you know and who you know count! The CIA's influential 49,000+ graduates work in—and hire for—every segment of the industry. That’s important when you're looking for your first job, seeking to move up, or just need some advice.

    Look for a college with a strong industry reputation that gives you the best career opportunities.

    • Earn your degree from a school that's known and respected throughout the culinary world. Industry employers know the CIA and its reputation for excellence and professionalism. Having the CIA on your résumé will open doors of career opportunity that just are not available otherwise.