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  • High School Seniors

    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.

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

    When should I apply?
    Applications are accepted up to one year in advance.

    When would I get my admissions decision?
    The CIA Admissions team begins issuing admissions decisions for seniors in January. If you apply after January, you'll receive a decision within two weeks of completing your application file.

    When should I file my FAFSA?
    You can file your FAFSA as early as October 1 of your senior year.

    What should I do next?
    Check CIA Scholarships.

    When do I need to confirm my enrollment?
    May 1.

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