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    High School Students

  • It’s Never Too Early to Begin Your Career in the Food Industry

    Turn your passion for food into an exciting career!

    As the world’s premier culinary college, the CIA is the perfect destination for high school graduates ready to launch their careers. We offer bachelor’s and associate degree programs that put you on track for a successful career in high-demand areas. Each of our locations in New York, California, and Texas feature:

    • State-of-the-art learning environments, kitchens, bakeshops, and world-class restaurants
    • Engaging campus life activities that includes recreational events, athletics, and student clubs and organizations
    • Clean, safe, and affordable on-campus housing
    • 24-hour security and support services to ensure the health and well-being of all CIA students

    In addition to learning in our classrooms and kitchens, you’ll also:

    • Participate in off-campus externships to broaden your professional expertise and make industry contacts
    • Apply for scholarships to help pay for your CIA education (more than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid!)
    • Engage in global networking opportunities through our more than 50,000 alumni worldwide

    I’m a high school junior. What should I do next?

    It’s fantastic that you’re already considering what to study after high school—even better that it’s focused on a career in the food business!

    Here are a few things to do in high school to prepare for college at the CIA:

    Can’t wait to get started? No problem. Read below to learn more about early application deadlines and filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is an essential step in determining how much financial aid you’ll receive.

    I’m a high school senior. Now what?

    How do I know which degree to choose?

    The degree you choose will determine which courses you’ll take as well as provide you with the skills and knowledge in your chosen area of culinary expertise. At the CIA, we offer many types of college degrees:

    • Four-year bachelor’s degrees that offer expertise and advanced knowledge in applied food studies, hospitality management, culinary science, and food business management (offered at our New York campus).
    • Two-year associate degrees that focus on fundamental skills in culinary arts as well as baking and pastry arts (available at all campuses).
    • If you earn an associate degree at our California or Texas campuses, you can easily transfer the credits earned in that program and apply it to a CIA bachelor’s degree program in New York.

    Not sure which degree is right for you? Contact our admissions team to learn more about which CIA program matches your career preferences.

  • Get CIA's Top Culinary Careers Whitepaper

  • 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
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