• High School Seniors Interested in Culinary Arts

    Experience the Best in Culinary Education

    It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? You’re a high school senior with a passion for cooking. Congrats! Along with all the excitement and great memories of senior year, you have to start making decisions about the future. How about attending the world's top culinary school? Choose The Culinary Institute of America to help shape your future culinary career. Apply to CIA now!


    Apply to the CIA through Our Early Action Program

    Find out more about our early application program for high school seniors.


    Just for High School Seniors—Tips on Applying to Culinary College

    The CIA offers three application options:

    Early Action

    When should I apply?
    Applications are accepted up to one year in advance. Apply by November 1 to qualify for Early Action.
    When would I get my admissions decision?
    January.
    When should I file my FAFSA?
    After January 2015.
     Which FAFSA should I file?
    File the 2015–2016 FAFSA using your 2014 tax information.
    What should I do next?
    • Check CIA Scholarships, including SAT/ACT.
    When do I need to confirm my enrollment?
    May 1.

    Regular Decision

    When should I apply?
    Apply by March 1. Apply now.
    When would I get my admissions decision?
    Within two weeks after file completion.
    When should I file my FAFSA?
    After January 2015.
    Which FAFSA should I file?
    File the 2015–2016 FAFSA using your 2014 tax information.
    What should I do next?
    • Check CIA Scholarships, including SAT/ACT.
    When do I need to confirm my enrollment?
    May 1.

    Rolling Decision

    When should I apply?
    Applying after March 1. CIA offers multiple enrollment opportunities throughout the year. You may qualify for additional grants and scholarships for Winter and Spring.
    When would I get my admissions decision?
    Within two weeks after file completion.
    When should I file my FAFSA?
    Apply ASAP After Filing CIA Application.
     Which FAFSA should I file?
    File the 2015–2016 FAFSA using your 2014 tax information.
    What should I do next?
    • Check CIA Scholarships, including SAT/ACT.
    When do I need to confirm my enrollment?
    Rolling.

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