You love everything about food—growing it, cooking it, sharing it, blogging about it—or you wouldn’t be here, reading this. But did you know that food can be your life? It totally can! So as you look at colleges during your junior year of high school, know that the CIA will prepare you for all of the amazing, diverse, rewarding career possibilities in food and hospitality.
So what’s it like on campus? Fun! CIA students enjoy activities like cook-off competitions, dance parties, hiking, open mic night, intercollegiate sports, off-campus day trips, and clubs for every interest, from tea and tabletop gaming to culinary science and community service. Plus, everyone here shares your passion for food, so you’ll fit right in.
You know that feeling you get when you put your own cool twist on a dish, add just the right touch to an elegant cake, or pull off a big family event? There’s nothing like it, right? Now, imagine doing that for a living. That’s what food and hospitality careers are like for people like us. If you’re not sure what all the career options are, start by checking out what CIA graduates are doing. This could be you!
If you’re like the typical CIA student (and we suspect you are), you enjoy learning by doing, by trying new things and seeing how they work in the real world. That’s exactly what a CIA education is like. You’ll learn hands-on in our kitchens, bakeshops, restaurants, internships, and travel experiences; harvest ingredients from our gardens; study academic subjects as they apply to food, and so much more.
Our campus is amazing in person…we wish you were here. But until things change, visit us virtually for a campus tour…and check out our online events and resources.
Beginning March 8, 2021 high school juniors may submit their early applications for Fall ’22.
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If this sounds like the college and the life you want, then find out more about the CIA and careers in food and hospitality.
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