CIA Student Life

  • Welcome to Your Next Adventure

    At the CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours—guided by your passions, your interests, and your imagination. Each of our campuses offers a distinct flavor, a unique feel; yet at every one, you’ll be part of a tight-knit, diverse community of students and instructors from all over the world, united in your shared passion for food.

    It’s college life with a culinary twist!


    CIA New York Student Life—The Total Package

    If you’re looking for an incredible campus filled with everything an aspiring food professional could dream of, a fun college experience, and friends from all over the globe, you just found it.

    With clubs, sports, student events, and tons of other great things to do (bonus: it’s just a short train ride to New York City), our dynamic and immersive main campus in Hyde Park, NY serves up all that and more.

    Explore CIA New York

  • CIA California Student Life

    CIA California Student Life—Napa Valley Nirvana

    Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, our Greystone campus in St. Helena is one of the world’s most unique and inspiring places for culinary education and among the best to study wines and beverages. Surrounded by vineyards, arts, and culture, you’ll be part of a close-knit campus that feels like family.

    Explore CIA California

    CIA Texas Student Life

    CIA Texas Student Life—Urban Learning Environment

    San Antonio is all about community, on campus and off. It’s an amazing, friendly city pulsing with Latin American-infused culture and cuisine, and our location in the heart of the Pearl district drops you squarely into the action.

    Explore CIA Texas

  • You’re going to love it here.

    That’s because at the CIA, we embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of our student body. No matter where in the world you come from or where you are in your life’s journey, you’ll be part of a diverse community of students and instructors. We believe this diversity makes us stronger and so we’re committed to creating a campus environment that’s welcoming to all, built upon mutual respect and strengthened through dialogue and interaction.
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  • Around Campus

    See how much fun CIA students are having in and out of class...follow their culinary adventures on our blog.

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    Feel Right at Home on Campus

    The CIA offers a rich campus life and prepares you for the business of food like no other culinary college.

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    Activities Make College Life More Fun

    Learn more about CIA food and beverage clubs, sports, recreation, culture, and more!

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    Yes, We Have Sports Teams

    Career-driven students have an equal passion for the culinary and athletics.

  • “I chose the CIA because it is quite simply the best culinary school in the world. The CIA is a breeding ground for some of the most incredible chefs in the industry. Being here makes me feel like I am destined to be great.”
    Maxwell Yalong, Bachelor’s Degree in Food Business Management
  • Nathan Gunderson, CIA Associate Degree in Culinary Arts student in New York and U.S. Army veteran

    Veteran Spotlight

    Nathan Gunderson
    U.S. Army
    "Getting involved opens so many doors for your present and future. Be someone that everyone wants to work with; it will take you far in life and this business."
    Patrick Lobbes, culinary arts degree student at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York

    Student Spotlight

    Patrick Lobbes
    Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
    “The CIA gives me the opportunity to network with high-profile chefs, work with them, and learn as much as I can.”