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    CIA Admissions

    Food is your…opportunity.

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  • Undergraduate Studies

    When it comes to food and hospitality, CIA is the best place to begin your future.

    Graduate Studies

    Advance your career with a master’s degree from CIA’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
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    Food is your future—there’s no better place to start than here.

    Food. It’s a source of endless curiosity. And an outlet for your creativity. Maybe even your side hustle. Food nourishes your soul like nothing else. Food is your life. And it’s our life, too.

    At the Culinary Institute of America, food is what we do. And we do it best. Here, food is discipline and mastery. Food is also science, business, hospitality, and global change. At CIA, you’ll discover that food can open any door—preparing you for the corner café or the national stage. It can help you make a difference in your community or on a global scale.

    At CIA, you can turn your life’s passion into your life’s purpose. Here, food is your life.

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  • High School Students

    High School Students

    Love food? Find out how the CIA will help you turn your passion into an exciting career.



    Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    Learn how the credits you’ve already earned can help you get your CIA degree faster.



    Adult Students

    Adult Students

    Expand your marketability and career opportunities in food with a CIA degree and connections.



    International Students

    International Students

    Welcome! Join our diverse community of students and instructors who share your love of food.



    Veterans

    Veterans

    Discover resources, support, and how your benefits can cover up to 100% of your CIA tuition.



    Parents and Families

    Parents and Families

    Find out how the CIA offers your budding culinarian the best preparation for success.



    Teachers and Guidance Counselors

    Teachers and Guidance Counselors

    Check out free resources to help you nurture your students’ passion for cooking.



    Accepted Students

    Accepted Students

    Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to the CIA! Here’s what you should do next.



  • Speak to a Student

    Are you curious about what it’s really like to be a CIA student? We’ve got you covered. Our students are ready to answer the questions you haven’t asked anyone else, share their own personal experiences, and give you expert and genuine advice—because they’ve gone through it, too. Find out what it means to be part of the CIA family. Connect with someone now or see more students here!

  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499

  • Connect with us! Just try not to drool on your screen...

  • Jonathan Pidgeon and Megan Mulhern Pidgeon, CIA culinary arts and baking and pastry arts alumni, are chef/owners of Glazed Donuts in Key West, FL.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Jonathan Pidgeon '07 and Megan Mulhern Pidgeon '07
    Chef/Owners, Glazed Donuts
    “Completing the bachelor’s degree gives you a really good perspective on the restaurant industry. When you graduate from the CIA you can pretty much go into the industry and do anything.”
    Andrea Martin, CIA advanced career experience (ACE) alumni, is a chef/consultant.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Andrea Martin '06
    Chef Consultant
    "I learned so much about food. I was so on fire every day that I could hardly sleep."
  • Did You Know?


    Bachelor’s study-abroad opportunities let you add travel, culture and world cuisines to your college experience.
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