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  • Applying to CIA Degree Programs


    How to Apply for CIA Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Programs—Except Online BBA


    1. Complete the application form.

    2. Request official transcripts.

    • Download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and ask your high school* and/or any postsecondary schools (colleges) you’ve attended to provide your transcripts electronically via Parchment Exchange or mail your official transcripts (not student copies) directly to the CIA Admissions Office.
    • If you hold an equivalency diploma, the official test scores must be submitted. You must have met all the requirements for a high school diploma or an equivalency diploma to enroll at the CIA.

    *If you have matriculated in a college-level degree program and have completed the equivalent of 24 or more credits, you are not required to submit a high school transcript. Transcripts for high school students must be complete through the 11th grade and indicate what courses you'll take in the 12th grade or show your marks for the 12th grade.

    3. Submit an essay.

    • Submit a personal statement (300–500 words) telling us why you’re passionate about the food and hospitality industry, what experiences you have, and how you feel that your experiences have prepared you for The Culinary Institute of America.

    4. Ask for a recommendation.

    • One character recommendation is required. It should be from an employer, teacher, or professional colleague and should address your commitment to the food world, problem-solving ability, and persistence in either work or academics. Submit our online recommendation form, or you can provide CIA Admissions with your recommender’s contact information and we will contact them for a verbal recommendation.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at the CIA. Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials, we’ll contact you if anything else is needed.

     

    How to Apply for the New Online BBA Program


    1. Complete the application form.

    CIA Online App

    (be sure to select “online” for your campus)

    2. Submit an essay.

    • Submit an essay of at least 300 words that describes your purpose for undertaking this program, professional plans and career goals, and how the program is positioned to help you achieve your goals.

    3. Provide a copy of your résumé or CV.


    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at the CIA. Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials, we’ll contact you if anything else is needed.