Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

  • How to Apply to CIA ACAP certificate
  • Applying to ACAP

    Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for the CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)

    The Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, food science, nutrition/dietetics, or a related field and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.

    To apply to ACAP, just follow these steps:

    1. Complete our application form.

    • To apply online: choose one of the following methods:
    • 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.

    • You must submit a 300- to 500-word statement describing:
      • your purpose for undertaking or continuing your study of culinary arts;
      • your reasons for wanting to study at the CIA; and
      • your professional plans and career goals.
    • You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on relevant academic 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. Provide a copy of your résumé or CV.


    5. Ask for a recommendation.

    • One letter of recommendation is required. It 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 passion or talent for the culinary arts. Recommendations can be submitted by:

    6. Request official transcripts.

    • Download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and ask the 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.

    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.

    Get started now and apply today