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    High School Seniors

  • The College That’s the Perfect Fit

    You love food—creating it, sharing it, planning your entire day around it. It’s who you are. Great news: the CIA is filled with people from all over the world who are just like you!

    We’re a culinary college that’s totally focused on making sure you have the life in food and hospitality you dream of (and an awesome college experience too!).

    Learn hands-on at the CIA

    Learn hands-on

    It’s the absolute best way! You’ll learn by doing in our kitchens, bakeshops, labs, gardens, restaurants, internships, and study abroad. And in our classrooms, you’ll explore subjects in the way most meaningful to you—through food.



    Learn about amazing food careers

    Explore careers

    Your time at the CIA will be one of exciting self-discovery. Want to make people happy with your food? Create an amazing guest experience? Change the world? Through your courses, your instructors and advisors, and each other, you’ll find the careers that are just right for you. See what you can do with a CIA degree.


    Know that you're supported by faculty and staff

    Feel supported

    We care about you and your success at the CIA. So we’re ready to help you with admissions, financial aid, safety, tutoring, counseling, wellness, living on campus…whatever you need, whenever you need it.



    And just HAVE FUN!!

    Have fun

    From day one, you’ll be part of a diverse, tight-knit campus community of people who totally get you. Connect with new friends in student activities like clubs, cook-offs, karaoke, yoga, intercollegiate sports, hiking, movies…there’s so much to do, on campus and off.

    Ready to apply for admission?

    Apply Early Action—submit your application and all supporting documentation by November 15—and we’ll give you your Fall 2020 decision by December 15, 2019. (Because we know how hard it can be to wait for your life in food to begin!)

    Apply Now

    Excited? Then join other high school seniors and come visit the CIA! You’ll feel right at home from the moment you first step on campus. And after a few hours, you’ll know this is the college for you.

    Open House for High School Students—December 13

    Experience the CIA for yourself! Tour our campus, explore career options, learn about life at the CIA, hear about scholarships and financial aid, enjoy a chef demo and tasting, and get personalized application assistance. Prepare to be amazed!

    Join us, RSVP Now

  • You Could Be Next! Apply for Fall 2020

    Will you be our next “yes” for admission to the CIA?
    Apply now >

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  • What’s Hospitality?

    Have you ever been on a cruise? Stayed in a beautiful hotel? Then you know the warmth, welcome, and total guest experience that is hospitality. Earn a CIA degree in hospitality management for an exciting career in resorts, wedding venues, sports stadiums, restaurants, and luxury tourist destinations.

  • 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
  • “Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has the Institute.”
    — Craig Claiborne, Celebrated Author and Food Critic, The New York Times