Whether you’re a food professional or have always dreamed of becoming one, you’re in the right place! The best way to learn is by doing, and you won’t find a better place than The Culinary Institute of America to get a professional hands-on food education. In fact, our CIA community is enriched with people just like you—from all walks of life, who want to transform their passion for food into career growth—and there’s no better time to start than now. Hands-down—the best hands-on education is #OnlyAtCIA.
Apply today. As a preferred applicant, you’ll skip the $50 application fee, receive an expedited admission decision, and automatically be reviewed for scholarships.
The CIA has been educating the world’s premier master chefs and bakers, restaurateurs, hospitality leaders, and entrepreneurs for over 75 years—they’re the best of the best. Ready to join them? Hear why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.
Hands-on learning with expert faculty.
World-class, paid internships.
Our industry’s best career fair.
The food world’s most powerful alumni.
We know your interests and goals are unique. That’s why a CIA education isn’t “one size fits all.” At the CIA, you’ll find a range of food and hospitality focused bachelor’s and associate degree programs customizable to you through food-centric electives and concentrations.
Learn core culinary or baking and pastry skills and techniques that give you a competitive advantage in the kitchen and beyond. Then expand your foundation with next-level learning in food business management, applied food studies or culinary science. If hospitality management is your passion, we’ll prepare you with a food and beverage focus that gives you a leadership edge.
Make the most of your skills, knowledge, and life experience by earning a CIA degree or certificate—backed by our worldwide reputation for excellence and extraordinary faculty. We’ll help you reach your career goals no matter where you are in your career and education path:
At the CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours—guided by your passions, your interests, and your imagination. Each of our campuses offers a distinct flavor, a unique feel; yet at every one, you’ll be part of a tight-knit, diverse community of students and instructors from all over the world and all walks of life, united in your shared passion for food. Get an up-close look at the CIA from home—check out our virtual tours and online events >
Scholarships and financial aid are super important factors when you’re choosing a college. We totally get it—and we’ve got your back. If you’re committed to making the best investment for your future at CIA, we’re committed to helping you get here.
More than 90% of CIA students receive scholarships and financial aid* packages—unique to their individual needs. Our financial aid experts are committed to partnering with you through every step of the process—so you come away with the best package to fit your needs. Hear how generous CIA scholarships helped CIA students achieve their dreams (more than $39 million was awarded last year alone)—then kickstart your dream and apply today.
*Financial aid is available to those that qualify.
Students, faculty, alumni…they all agree: the CIA is where you need to be. Here’s what just a few of them are saying:
—Olivia Weidner, CIA student
—Alessandra Sarria, CIA student
—Lynne Eddy, CIA associate professor
—Brandon Walker ’01, Chef/Owner, Essie’s Restaurant
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