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.

  • Roshara Sanders, CIA culinary arts student, says, “I love the staff at the CIA. Each department does everything they can to help you reach your goals. The chefs are tough, but they want to prepare you for the road ahead and the realities of the industry. They are the best in the business and provide you with the skills and the knowledge necessary to become successful. They are also a great resource for networking, which is essential in this industry.”

    Alumni Spotlight

    Roshara Sanders
    My career goal is to become an executive chef in The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Atlanta, GA. There are five Cancer Treatment Centers in the United States and I would love to make the dining experience for these patients amazing.
  • Food is big business, and you won’t find business education anywhere as food-focused as the CIA’s.
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