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  • Feed Your Passion for the Culinary Arts

    The CIA is ready to help launch your career in the food business. Feel right at home among a community of friends, students, teachers, and alumni, all of whom share one thing in common—a passion for food.

    In addition to locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore, we offer several degree and certification programs to best match your career goals. Our expert admissions team is also ready to answer your questions about applying to the CIA, financial assistance, classes and culinary facilities, student life, and professional development opportunities.

    We offer two easy ways to apply:

    Also remember that you’re always welcome to visit our campuses at any time. Plan Your Visit

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    Come visit the CIA at one of it's 3 campuses in New York, California, and Texas
  • High School Students

    High School Students, Parents, and Educators

    If you’re in high school, the parent of a high school student, or a secondary school teacher, discover how the CIA best prepares young learners for careers in the food industry.
    Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    Learn about the CIA’s generous transfer credit review policies and our accelerated programs.
    College Grads / Adult Students

    College Grads / Adult Learners

    Even if you already have a college degree, the CIA offers many more ways to expand your culinary knowledge and best position yourself for future career growth in the food industry.
    International Students

    International Students

    Read about international admission policies, student visas, and other information that will help you join the CIA’s diverse campus community.
    Veterans Students


    The CIA is committed to ensuring the brave servicemen and servicewomen of the U.S. armed forces receive the special attention they deserve.
    Accepted Students

    Accepted Students

    Congrats, you’ve been accepted to the CIA! Here’s what you should do next.
  • Michael Symon CIA culinary arts alum, winner of The Next Iron Chef, hosts Food Network's Melting Pot

    Alumni Spotlight

    Michael Symon
    Restaurateur/Media Personality
    Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael is the chef and owner at the critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Michael’s pedigree includes being included as one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine (1998), a memorable performance as an Iron Chef contestant (2005), hosting Food Network’s popular Melting Pot series, and the 2007 winner of the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef.
    Christine Langelier, CIA management culinary arts alumna

    Alumni Spotlight

    Christine Langelier
    Service Director, Eleven Madison Park
    Christine Langelier’s interest in hospitality and culinary arts began at a vocational technical high school near her home in Bellingham, MA.
  • Did you know? More than 90% of CIA students receive scholarships and financial aid.
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