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    Preparing Your Child for Future Success

    Excited? A little unsure about sending your student off to college? Don’t be! Every CIA student has a personal success team to guide them all the way to graduation—and beyond. They’ll be in good hands!

    Learn how we’re keeping your student safe

    As the world’s premier culinary college, the CIA is committed to providing the best academic and professional experiences for your child. We offer:

    Through the CIA, your child will pursue a career in the food industry filled with nearly limitless opportunities. Our graduates include:

    • Senior executives of major food corporations
    • Master chefs and bakers
    • Restaurant owners and entrepreneurs
    • Hotel and tourism managers
    • Scientists and food policy makers
    • Food authors and journalists

    But don’t take our word for it. Our guide to choosing a culinary college will help you and your child determine which culinary colleges are among the best.

    The CIA is also devoted to ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of your child through extensive support services. And each of our campuses is dedicated to fostering safe environments for all members of the CIA community, which includes 24-hour security officers ready to assist at any time.

    Outstanding Academics, Outstanding Alumni

    CIA academic programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the same agency that accredits other prestigious colleges and universities like Columbia, Cornell, and Vassar. This mark of excellence demonstrates the quality of our programs with proven outcomes and success rates.

    In addition, our more than 50,000 alumni include industry leaders who are ranked among the world’s elite chefs and food professionals. Because of their incredible successes, combined with the reputation of our faculty, a CIA degree is considered a mark of professional distinction or “gold standard” among food industry executives.

    More Than Kitchens and Classrooms

    Beyond academic achievement and professional development, the CIA also ensures that your child thrives in a campus environment that encourages diversity, collaboration, and engagement in activities that range from athletics to students clubs and organizations. When your child graduates from the CIA, you can rest assured that he or she will hold a college degree that represents years of dedicated learning as well as professional and personal growth.

    Visit Our Campuses

    You can read all about the CIA through our website and printed materials. Nothing, however, matches visiting one of our campuses to learn firsthand about our classrooms and professional facilities, residence halls and meal plans, student life, and other hallmarks of the total CIA experience. While you’re here, feel free to ask us anything about our academic and financial aid programs.

    Speaking of Financial Aid...

    The CIA offers a full range of financial aid programs; in fact, more than 90 percent of our students currently receive assistance that includes scholarships, grants, loans, and Federal Work-Study programs. Remember that a college degree is an investment in your child’s future earnings and professional success. We’re here to ensure your family gets the best return on its investment.

    Careers Aplenty


    Become the Best of the Best

    CIA graduates are a cut above the rest. It’s why top food and hospitality companies continually look to hire them—they’re the best of the best. Are you ready to join them? Hear why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.

    “The CIA student is much better schooled about what is and is not quality. They come with more knowledge and are noticeably more professional than those from other schools.” Andrew Roenbeck ’84, Executive Chef
    Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL
  • CIA is #1 in College ROI Among Degree-Granting Culinary Colleges

    In fact, our 10-year return on investment is significantly higher than the average for all colleges in the country.

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    We can’t wait to welcome your student to the CIA alumni network.

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    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068