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  • High School Students

    High School Students

    Are you a high school student or graduate who's eager to get on the path to a career in the food business? Start here!
    Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    Make a smooth transition to the CIA with our transfer credit policy—you can transfer up to 36 credits!
    College Grads / Adult Students

    College Grads / Adult Students

    Already earned a college degree and/or started working? Maximize your career opportunities with a CIA degree.
    International Students

    International Students

    Join an enriching campus community with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures around the world.
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    Veteran Students

    The CIA was originally founded for veterans, and we’ll support you today as you pursue your dreams.
    Accepted Students

    Accepted Students

    Congratulations on being accepted to the world’s premier culinary college! Here are your next steps.
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  • Take Your Passion for Food to Culinary College

    Do you dream of building a career in the food business doing what you love? Then you’ll feel right at home at The Culinary Institute of America. Everyone here has one very important thing in common—a passion for food.

    Check out our three world-class campuses across the U.S. and comprehensive selection of degree and certificate programs—you’ll find the right program for you. Our admissions counselors are available by phone, e-mail, and text messaging to answer your questions. Applying is easy, either online or via The Common Application. Plus, you’re always welcome to come visit us at any campus—there’s nothing quite like seeing the CIA in person!

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  • Alex Talbot, baking and pastry arts associate degree student at the CIA

    Student Spotlight

    Alex Talbot
    When I was younger, I always loved science and being able to express myself artistically. I always checked books out of the library and spent lunchtime looking at new things on the internet. Eventually, I learned about molecular gastronomy and José Andrés. It absolutely fascinated me.
    Kevin Ashade, CIA culinary arts alumni

    Alumni Spotlight

    Kevin Ashade '09
    I still see myself as a cook because I'm always learning even though my title is Executive Chef. YOU determine how far you go in your career. Your path may not be conventional but remember to always challenge yourself by learning new things and you'll stay ahead of the curve.
  • Did you know? 74% of leading food employers surveyed prefer to hire CIA grads.
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