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  • Your Perfect Fit

    Psssst! The secret to college success is finding a school that truly fits you. When you make the right match, everything just falls into place. If food is your passion—cooking it, baking it, sharing it, watching videos about it—then the CIA may be your perfect fit. Food is our life too! Our bachelor’s and associate degree programs can introduce you to so many different and exciting career paths, where the opportunities are as wide open as your dreams.

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    Ready to explore the world of food and hospitality? It’s never too soon to start learning more about the CIA and where your future can lead. Let’s do this!

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    Experience the CIA

    Experience the CIA

    This summer we’re bringing the CIA to you. Take a virtual tour to see what our campus is really like, join us for an online event, listen to current students, watch tutorial videos, and find recipes to try in your kitchen.

    Learn about amazing food careers

    Imagine an Amazing Career

    Do you dream about becoming a professional chef or pastry chef? Opening your own restaurant? Good for you! Lots of CIA graduates have done exactly that. You can also become a baker, caterer, event planner, food writer, research chef, food media personality, beverage director, sustainability advocate, culinary instructor, food business owner…no matter what your interests, there’s a career path that’s just right for you.

    Learn in Our Kitchens

    Learn in Our Kitchens

    So what’s the best way to prepare for your career in food and hospitality? Go to college at the CIA! We’re all about hands-on learning in our kitchens and bakeshops; real-world learning in our restaurants, internships, and travel experiences; and food-focused learning when studying important subjects like management, science, history and cultures, and sustainability.

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    Summer Experience for Teens

    Find out what it’s really like to be a CIA student! Join us for a week-long program at the CIA in California or Texas. Learn more >

  • One of the 50 Most Beautiful Campuses

    Our Hyde Park, NY campus made Condé Nast Traveler's recent list!
  • Visiting chef demos, major conferences, and special events on campus let you rub elbows with stars of the food world.