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

  • Come visit one of CIA's 3 campuses: New York, California, and Texas
    High School Seniors, Join Us at the CIA
    Join us for CIA's Career Discovery Day for HS students
  • 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.
  • Carlton McCoy, CIA culinary arts alumni, is master sommelier at The Little Nell.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Carlton McCoy
    Presient and CEO, Heitz Cellar; Master Sommelier
    “I learned the kitchen basics working at my family’s catering business...”
    Brittany Harris CIA baking and pastry arts alumni and chef-owner

    Alumni Spotlight

    Brittney Harris
    Owner/Chef, A Sweet Affair
    What’s your best memory at the CIA? I can’t choose just one. There were several times when a chef would pick on me, giving me more work, telling me to come in early or stay late.
  • Food is big business, and you won’t find business education anywhere as food-focused as the CIA’s.
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