Apply to The Culinary Institute of America

  • Create Your CIA Account and Get Started Today!

    It’s easy to apply for one of our degree or certificate programs. The application can largely be completed online and is designed to help us get to know you—to learn about your food and career interests, foodservice experience (if any), and academic performance. The steps for applying vary by program, but here’s a general overview of the process:

    1. Create your CIA account and complete your application form, either online, by mail, or via Common Application.
    2. Answer short questions or submit a statement of purpose.
    3. Sign, date, and submit your application with the $50 application fee.
    4. Ask for a recommendation from a former teacher or employer.
    5. Request that your official high school or college transcript be sent directly to the CIA Admissions Department.

    Need More Information?

    The links will take you to a more detailed description of your application process.

    Have Questions?

    A CIA admissions counselor is just a phone call or e-mail away to assist you.

    Ready to apply? Create Your Online CIA Account Today

  • Schedule a Visit to Campus

    Scheduling a visit to one of our world-class campuses is easy and convenient. Just choose your campus, and you will see our schedule of admissions tours and events.

  • 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.

  • 100% of CIA students get real-world experience during externships—there are more than 2,000 approved sites!