Welcome Veterans to the CIA

  • Setting Your Course from the Military to the Food Industry

    Military Friendly® SchoolsFor more than seven decades, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. Founded in 1946 in New Haven, CT by Frances Roth, a prominent attorney, and Katharine Angell, the wife of Yale President James Angell, the school has always had a strong partnership with the military. As the original culinary institute, the CIA served an unmet need for high quality, professional culinary education and grew rapidly. In 1972, with a student body of 1,000, the college moved to its expansive main campus in Hyde Park, NY, the former Jesuit novitiate St. Andrew-on-Hudson. Today, veterans from all branches of the military enhance our student body and bring much-valued diversity and life experience to campus.


    The foodservice and hospitality industry currently employs more than 12 million people and job opportunities in this industry continue to grow. A culinary career is an ideal option for transitioning military personnel and their families to consider for the next stage in their lives. And with a CIA degree, you can enter the foodservice industry with the credential that opens doors.

    Setting the Course for Your Career Advancement

    We understand that making a successful life change requires careful planning, and leaving the military and attending culinary college can be challenging at first. The CIA is focused on the specific needs of the military, veterans, and their families. Our dedicated Veterans Admissions Officer and Financial Aid Counselor are here to help you with the enrollment process and complete the necessary paperwork to ensure that you receive the benefits you have earned.

    Easing the Enrollment Process

    Year-round entry dates. You can start a CIA education whenever you’re ready to make your transition from the military. The college offers three enrollment seasons—fall, spring, and summer—with 16 total entry dates, providing a flexible enrollment schedule throughout the year so you can enter college when the time is right for you. Many career changers like you choose to enroll in the winter or spring.

    For detailed information about military-related benefits, visit the veterans’ education benefits online or call 1-888-442-4551. To learn more about our programs and the use of veterans’ education benefits at the CIA, contact Susan Lavender at 845-451-1557 or s_lavend@culinary.edu.

  • Rudy Speckamp, CIA Assistant Professor—Culinary Arts

    Faculty Spotlight

    Rudy Speckamp
    Co-author, Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program.
    Nicolas Anderson CIA ACE student and Coast Guard veteran

    Veteran Spotlight

    Nicholas Anderson
    I decided to give up a career and start a new journey into the unknown. It was a very difficult decision, one that I think about every day. In the end I went with my gut feeling...
  • Visiting chef demos, major conferences, and special events on campus let you rub elbows with stars of the food world.