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The CIA Has the “Best University Website”

The Culinary Institute of America Wins Top Award from the Web Marketing Association

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America has the best website of any college in America, according to an organization that knows. The Web Marketing Association has presented the CIA with the award for Best University Website in its 2017 WebAwards for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development.

The main CIA site,, received perfect scores in four of the seven judging criteria: design, content, copywriting, and ease of use; and outstanding scores in the other three areas: interactivity, innovation, and technology.

“A college’s website is the window into academic and campus life, and a compelling first impression is critical in getting prospective students excited about choosing their college,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “I’m delighted that the professionals in the web development world have recognized the accomplishments of our marketing team.”

Digital and Online Media Director Scott Lucente guided the team that built the new, more user-friendly website over the course of a year leading to its relaunch in June 2017.

“This is an excellent site and an example of great navigation and content. It also feels true to the brand,” wrote one judge. “Here you have the essence of the brand and a great new website.”

The award from the Web Marketing Association follows a recent nomination for a CSS Design Award. The internationally recognized CSS Design Awards showcase websites with outstanding creativity, functionality, and usability.

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Jeff Levine
Communications Writer

About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About the WMA
Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association's annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. The WebAward Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and advertising agencies. For more information, visit and

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