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  • Start Now—Here’s How to Apply to the CIA

    This is your moment to take hold of the future. If food is your passion, you’re about to get the best hands-on education here at the CIA. Applying to the world’s best culinary college is super-easy, so just use our online application or Common App:

    CIA Online App    Common App

    If you apply now, you'll receive an expedited admission decision and automatically be reviewed for scholarships!

    Get Detailed Application Steps by Degree

    CIA Early Action Deadline is November 15, 2020

    If you are interested in enrolling in our September 2021 class and want an early, non-binding admission decision, you can apply Early Action!

    Apply to attend our New York campus by November 15 and qualify for a $1,000 CIA Early Application Grant. Apply Now >

    CIA Admissions Dates and Deadlines

    You only need to know a few key dates and details:

    • Apply anytime, there is no CIA application deadline for our degree programs—you can apply for admission up to 18 months in advance.
    • Most CIA programs enroll new students three times per year. We are now accepting applications for:

      • January 5, 2021 | April 27, 2021 | September 7, 2021
    • Certain programs only enroll students in September:
      • Hospitality Management
      • All master’s degrees
      • Accelerated Culinary Arts Program (ACAP)

    Got Questions? We’re So Here for You

    Our expert CIA admissions counselors are ready to give you one on one help. Find your admissions counselor here.

    Or call: 1-800-CULINARY or e-mail: admissions@culinary.edu.

    Get the only professional hands-on education that’s grounded in the business of food.

    Apply Today, Make Your Culinary Dream Come True

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  • Scholarships to the CIA

    Don’t let financial concerns stand in the way of your education. The CIA has a variety of scholarships that can help make your dreams a reality.

  • Did You Know? The CIA Offers Three Entry Dates With No Application Deadlines.
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