Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 28–August 21, 2017. Classes will resume on August 22.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At our California campus locations (Copia and Greystone), The Restaurant at CIA Copia and The Bakery Café by illy will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, Nao will be open for lunch and the outdoor taco stand will also be open.

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  • How to Apply to CIA ACAP certificate
  • How to Apply: CIA ACAP

    Application Requirements

    1. Complete our application form.

    • To apply online:
    • To apply by mail:
    • The Culinary Institute of America
      Attn: ACAP Admissions
      1946 Campus Drive
      Hyde Park, NY 12538

    2. Submit a Statement of Purpose.
    Each certificate-seeking applicant is expected to complete a Statement of Purpose. The statement of purpose should be 300–500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing your study of culinary arts, your reasons for wanting to study at The Culinary Institute of America, and your professional plans and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on relevant academic and/or professional achievements.

    3. Pay your $50 application fee.
    If applying online, you can pay by credit card. If applying by mail, include a check or money order with your paper application.

    4. Ask for a Recommendation.
    Your recommendation may be from the dean/director of the degree program from which you will be graduating or have graduated; or from another professional who can speak to your interest in, passion for, or talent with the culinary arts.

    5. Request Official Transcript.
    You must submit all previous college transcripts. Download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and ask any postsecondary schools you've attended to provide your transcripts electronically via Parchment Exchange or mail your official transcripts (not student copies) directly to the CIA Admissions Department.

    Please note that this program designed for individuals who possess an approved bachelor's degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, food science, nutrition/dietetics, or related fields, and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. Our Admissions Office will review your application and supporting materials and contact you if anything is missing or any additional paperwork is necessary.