High School Seniors

  • The College That’s the Perfect Fit

    CIA Early Application Grant Deadline is December 31, 2021

    Take hold of your future! If you are interested in enrolling in our Fall 2022 New York campus, there’s no better time to apply than right now. You'll receive an expedited admission decision, automatically be reviewed for scholarships, and qualify for our special $1,000 CIA Early Application Grant.

    Don’t miss out! Apply to our New York campus by December 31 to claim these preferred benefits.

    Apply Now

    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.

    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 and off campus.

    Explore Cool Careers

    Explore Cool 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, instructors and advisors, you’ll find the careers that are just right for you. Check out what CIA graduates are doing now.

    Tuition and Financial Aid

    Tuition and Financial Aid

    Supporting your success begins with getting you here. Our financial aid team is ready to help. And the support doesn’t stop once you're a CIA student—we'll continue helping you with scholarship resources, tutoring, counseling…whatever you need, whenever you need it.

    Visit our YouTube playlist for on-demand videos just for high school students to learn more about CIA's academics, campus life, financial aid, and more!

    Excited? Then join other high school seniors and visit the CIA! Check out our full list of admissions events, including online open houses and campus tours. And after a few hours, you’ll know this is the college for you.

    Invest in your future! The CIA is number one in ROI among all degree-granting culinary colleges. Our powerful network of 50,000+ alumni work in every segment of the food industry.

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    Invest in your future! The CIA is number one in ROI among all degree-granting culinary colleges.

  • You Could Be Next—Apply for September 2022!

    Watch students react when they learn virtually that they’re accepted to the CIA. Excited is an understatement! Be our next “yes” for admission to the CIA—Apply now >

  • One of the 50 Most Beautiful Campuses

    Our Hyde Park, NY campus made Condé Nast Traveler's recent list!
  • What's Hospitality? Learn More

    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
    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