• CIA Admissions: Your Food Career Starts Here

    Take Your Passion for Food to Culinary School

    Do you love to cook? Do you dream of building a career 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. Our diverse student body ranges in age from 18 to 64, and comes from all walks of life:

    Food is big business, and you won’t find business education anywhere as food-focused as the CIA’s.
    • High school graduates eager to begin their careers in the food industry
    • College transfers who’ve switched to the CIA to focus their studies on food
    • Career changers ready to move into jobs that offer creative opportunity and satisfaction as well as income
    • Food industry professionals looking to broaden their skills and advance their careers to the executive level
    • Entrepreneurs hoping to succeed in the ever-expanding food business
    • Any students—from veterans to international students to those just out of school a year or two—who want to find their dream careers in the world of food

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    Find Your Path at the CIA

    With three world-class campuses located across the U.S. and a comprehensive offering of degrees and certificates, we have the right program for you. Our admissions counselors are available by phone, e-mail, and text messaging to answer your questions, and our simple application process can largely be done online. Plus, you’re always welcome to come visit us at any campus—there’s nothing quite like seeing the CIA in person!

    Create your account to get more information about our programs or to start your application today.

  • Valuable Scholarships & Grants

    Maximize your financial aid by enrolling in one of our winter or spring 2017 entry dates!
  • Take Your Career to the Next Level

    Put your industry experience to work in the Associate Degree Program for Advanced Career Experience (ACE) students. Not only will you earn an outstanding education and degree in just 15 months, you’ll add a valuable credential to your resume and gain the best opportunity for career advancement.