Welcome Veterans to the CIA

  • A Proud Tradition

    You’ve got the drive and the discipline—now it’s time to earn your CIA degree!

    Veteran students have been an important part of the CIA. In 1946, our college was founded with the express purpose of preparing returning World War II veterans for a career in the culinary arts. Today, veterans from all branches of the military enrich our student body and bring much-valued diversity and life experience to campus.

    Military Friendly® Schools.We’ve again been named to the prestigious list of Military Friendly® Schools! This designation signals that CIA is one of a select few colleges setting the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

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    Your Goals, Our Commitment

    Leaving the military and moving into a new career can be a challenge. That’s why the CIA is ready to provide you and your family with the tools and support to accomplish your goals.

    Our commitment to veterans includes:

    • CIA Veterans Association & Auxiliary student organization
    • Support and resources for veterans that can assist you from orientation through graduation
    • A student lounge just for veterans
    • Military honors presented at all CIA commencements and formal ceremonies
    • Veteran lapel pins that honor and recognize veterans’ service to our country

    These are among the many reasons the CIA has been named a Military Friendly® School by G.I. Jobs each year. The college is also proud to be a DoD MOU signed institution.

    Benefits for Veterans

    Your sacrifice and commitment to protecting our freedoms has earned you special benefits, including financial assistance that includes:

    Make Your Move When You Want

    With our year-round entry dates, you can start your CIA education whenever the time is right for you. Apply now!

    To learn more about CIA veterans education benefits, contact Assistant Director of Admissions Susan Lavender at 845-451-1557 or Susan.Lavender@culinary.edu.

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  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Amy Chicavich, CIA culinary arts student, is a senior airman in the United States Air Force.

    Veteran Spotlight

    Amy Chicavich
    U.S. Air Force
    “I love eating. I love food. I love everything about it. It’s like music for me, a whole-body experience,” says Amy Chicavich, a senior airman in the United States Air Force.
    Rodney Harvey, CIA Associate Degree in Culinary Arts student and veteran.

    Veteran Spotlight

    Rodney Harvey
    U.S. Army
    I became interested in the American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking program after spending a year volunteering on Shambala farms located in Camano Island, WA. As a result of this experience, I intend to support local farmers and the local economy in which I live, both personally and professionally, by using only fresh farm ingredients.
  • Visiting chef demos, major conferences, and special events on campus let you rub elbows with stars of the food world.