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  • Consumer Information

    To help prospective and current students locate important information about The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), this webpage collects links to helpful information on a variety of subjects, including the CIA’s academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, post-graduate activities, and Nondiscrimination Statement. In addition, the content on this page meets federal reporting and disclosure requirements for information outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

    If you do have any questions regarding this content please contact the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research at The Culinary Institute of America.


    Copyright Infringement & Peer-To-Peer File Sharing:

    Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Higher Education Opportunity Act (HR 4137), illegal distribution of copyrighted materials and distribution of copyright materials is illegal and may be punishable by law. These materials include, but are not limited to the unauthorized distribution of songs, videos, games, textbooks, or other type of creative content.

    In addition to any other charges that might be brought against you, the copyright holder can file suit, which can result in legal fees and damages that must be paid.

    Therefore, peer-to-peer file sharing is not allowed and is blocked on the CIA network using bandwidth shaping technology. The CIA is legally obligated to assist authorities in identifying individuals who violate copyright law pertaining to peer-to-peer file sharing. It is also in violation of schools policy to use technology designed to circumvent the blocking of this activity.


    Foreign Disclosure:

    The Culinary Institute of America submits annual reports to the Department of Education in the area of Foreign Gifts as required by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Job Placement for Graduates:

    At The Culinary Institute of America, graduates between July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014 reported that 92% were employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months after graduation. The survey of recent graduates of the world’s premier culinary college had a response rate of 98%.

    For additional information on job placement of CIA graduates, please contact the Career Services Office at 845-451-1275.


    Job Placement Rates for Graduates:

    For more information on job placement rates, please contact the director of career services.


    Graduation Rate:

    The Culinary Institute of America is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world’s best professional culinary education.

    We closely monitor our graduation rates, with the objective of improving them and, therefore, student success. We are gratified by the college’s graduation rates, particularly when compared to those of other colleges throughout the country.

    The CIA’s overall graduation rate for the 2010 cohort was 73%. For those associate degree graduates who chose to continue on to the bachelor’s degree program in their junior year, 88% received their degree.

    CIA graduation rates should be understood in the context of our unique program structure, in which all students first receive an associate degree, and then a subset continue on for their bachelor’s degree.

    In the 2015–16 reporting year, the college conferred associates degrees to 1,087 students, bachelor’s degrees to 336 students, and undergraduate certificates to 53 students.

    Find this information on College Navigator.


    Retention Rate:

    Retention rates must also be understood in the context of CIA’s program structure. The term is used in a very specific way in higher education, generally referring only to students who enter college as bachelor’s degree-seeking students. Since all of CIA’s students enter as associate degree-seeking students and only enter the bachelor’s program upon completion of the associate degree, the commonly agreed-upon retention rate does not apply to our students. If you look at CIA’s information on College Navigator, as of 2012 data there is no retention rate listed for our institution.


    Privacy of Student Records—Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and gives students who reach the age of 18 or attend a postsecondary institution the right to inspect and review their own education records.

    Student Rights

    FERPA grants students the following rights with respect to education records:

    1. The right to inspect and review his/her education records.

      A student may inspect and review his/her education records after submitting a written request to the school official responsible for the record. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the education records may be inspected within 45 days of receiving such written request.

    2. The right to request an amendment of his/her education records that he/she may believe are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy.

      A student may ask a school official to amend a record that he/she believes is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy. The student must provide the appropriate school official with a written statement clearly identifying the part of the education record he/she would like changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy. The school official who receives the request for amendment must decide within a reasonable period whether corrective action consistent with the student’s request will be taken. The CIA may either amend the education record or decide not to amend the education record. If the school decides not to amend the education record the appropriate school official will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing to challenge the information.

    3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in his/her education records.

      The CIA does not release information from a student’s education records without the student’s written consent unless such disclosure is permitted under FERPA as discussed fully in The Culinary Institute of America’s FERPA Policy which can be found online. (PDF)

      One of the permitted exceptions to the consent to disclosure requirement is to a CIA school official with a legitimate educational interest.

      A school official is any person in an administrative, supervisory, academic, support staff position, or law enforcement officials employed by the CIA; a trustee; a person or a company under contract to or acting as an agent for the CIA, to provide a service instead of using CIA employees or officials, such as an attorney, auditor, consultant or collection agent; a student serving on an official committee or assisting a school official in performing his/her task. A school official is deemed to have a legitimate educational interest when the information requested is necessary for that School Official to (a) perform appropriate tasks that are specified in his/her position description or by a contract agreement; (b) is performing a task related to the Student’s education; (c) performing a task related to the discipline of the Student; or (d) providing a service or benefit relating to the Student or Student’s family such as health care, counseling, job placement or financial aid.

    4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the CIA to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

      The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

      Family Policy Compliance Office
      U.S. Department of Education
      600 Independence Avenue SW
      Washington, DC 20202-4605

      Please note: In accordance with FERPA, the CIA may disclose at its discretion the following directory information without the student’s written consent: name, permanent address, campus box number, dates of attendance, degrees and/or certificates received with date, campus e-mail address, photographs, academic program, awards or honors, enrollment status. A student may opt out of disclosure of directory information by completing the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information in the Student Financial & Registration Services (SFRS) Office or on the Portal within two weeks of the start date at the CIA.

    All questions in reference to FERPA should be directed to the SFRS Office.