Apply to The Culinary Institute of America

  • Let’s Get Started!

    Applying to the CIA is easy through our online portal. The application is designed to help us get to know you and your areas of interest. Just follow these steps to get started:

    • Get started now and complete your application or use the Common Application.
    • Submit a personal statement. You can do this in writing or via an in-person or phone interview.
    • Sign, date, and submit your application along with the $50 application fee.
    • Ask for a recommendation from a former teacher, employer, or professional colleague. Include that recommendation with your application or provide us with your recommender’s contact information so we can get a verbal recommendation.
    • Contact your high school or previous college and request that they send your official transcripts to the CIA Admissions Office.

    What Else Do I Need to Know?

    Learn more about specific steps in the application process:

    OK, But I Still Have Questions

    No problem! Our CIA admissions counselors are available at 1-800-CULINARY or admissions@culinary.edu to answer any additional questions you have.

    Start now and apply today

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  • Scholarships to the CIA

    Don’t let financial concerns stand in the way of your education. The CIA has a variety of scholarships that can help make your dreams a reality.

  • Bachelor’s travel programs give you an exclusive “insider look” at world cultures and cuisines.
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