The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college.
That’s a phrase you hear a lot in higher education, but what exactly does it mean, and why is it important to students?
The bottom line: students attending The Culinary Institute of America
can be confident that their tuition dollars are helping the CIA deliver
on its educational mission—to provide them with the world’s best
professional culinary education—in preparation for their food careers.
The Culinary Institute of America is an independent,
not-for-profit educational organization [Section 501 (c) (3)] pursuing
its mission of providing the highest quality culinary education. This
not-for-profit status distinguishes the Institute from others because it
enables us to focus on the quality of education rather than on
satisfying the investment expectations of shareholders.
Governed by a board of trustees not compensated for its
services, the Institute benefits from the guidance of its board members,
who represent the hospitality field as well as the professional and
It’s a question all students should be asking as they go through the college search process: what’s the difference between “for-profit” and “not-for-profit” colleges?