Veterans: Right at Home at the CIA

  • Welcome Military Veterans!

    A sense of purpose. Service. Making a difference. You’ve experienced them all in your military career, so it’s only natural to seek them in your next one. A career in food is a great fit for your skills and drive, and so is The Culinary Institute of America, where you’ll practice mastery, discipline, and teamwork in our professional kitchens every day.

    Join our strong and committed community of veteran students at the CIA. We’re proud to have been founded in 1946 for the express purpose of preparing World War II veterans for food careers.

    Hear What Your Fellow Veterans Have to Say

    In this segment from Meals Ready to Eat, produced by Navy veteran August Dannehl, CIA veteran students share their experiences as they prepare to make a difference in their new careers...


    Up to 100% of Your CIA Tuition—Covered

    Your GI Bill benefits—based on your years of military service—and Yellow Ribbon program can cover up to 100% of your tuition. So why not choose the best? Use your hard-earned benefits to the fullest, by earning an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from the world-famous CIA.

    Learn more about benefits available to veterans at the CIA:

    Every student is different, so it’s important to submit your Certificate of Eligibility to the CIA as soon as possible so we can determine how your benefits will affect your balance.

    Your Goals, Our Commitment

    We know that launching a new career can be a challenge. That’s why the CIA is committed to providing you and your family with the tools, support, and camaraderie you need to accomplish your goals, including:

    • Support and resources for veterans available from orientation through graduation
    • An enhanced CIA meal plan option for veterans
    • CIA Veterans Association & Auxiliary student organization
    • A student lounge just for veterans
    • Recognition at CIA commencements and formal ceremonies
    • Lapel pins that honor and recognize your 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.

    Ready When You Are

    The CIA admits students three times a year, so you can start whenever the time is right for you.

  • Military Friendly® Schools.We’re a Military Friendly® School! 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. Learn more >

  • 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
  • Aaron Tarpley, CIA NY Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management student and veteran.

    Veteran Spotlight

    Aaron Tarpley
    U.S. Army
    I am currently enrolled in the bachelor’s program studying Latin Cuisine: New World Flavors, Ingredients, and Techniques.
    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.
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