CIA Admissions

    Your Food Career Starts Here

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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

  • ACAP - add culinary skills to your toolkit
    CIA Turbo Option
    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.
  • Kamal Grant, CIA baking and pastry alumni, is chef/owner of Sublime Doughnuts.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Kamal Grant '04
    Chef/Owner Sublime Doughnuts
    “I’d tell my customers that I only use the best quality ingredients to create the best quality product and it would be the best doughnut they’ve ever tasted. When I saw my first return customer, I felt confident in the future.”
    Joseph J.J. Johnson, CIA culinary arts alumni, is chef de cuisine at The Cecil in NYC.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Joseph “JJ” Johnson '07
    Co-Founder, InGrained Hospitality Concepts, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, The Henry by J.J. at the Life Hotel
    “I told my mom I wanted to be a chef,” JJ recalls. “She said ‘You should be a doctor or a politician. Why would you want to be a chef?’”
  • Visiting chef demos, major conferences, and special events on campus let you rub elbows with stars of the food world.
  • Connect with us!   Just try not to drool on your screen...