Welcome Parents and Families

  • For parents of current CIA students, please visit our parents section designed specifically for you.


    Supporting Their Passion

    At CIA, we welcome our students’ parents and families as an integral part of our community—a community bound by a shared passion for food. For some CIA families, their students’ love for food began early by practicing recipes in the kitchen with grandparents. Regardless of where this passion for food ignited, it’s undeniable that they love it. Creating it. Sharing it. Connecting over it. Food is an integral part of who they are. At the CIA, we get it because we live food every day. We’ll prepare your student for an amazing career in a creative profession that’s filled with opportunities—including ones they haven’t even imagined yet. We’re excited to share more about CIA—your student is going to love it here.

    Has your student already been accepted to CIA? If so, we’re super excited to welcome you into our family. Check out our Accepted Student page for updates and important next steps.

    Already enrolled at CIA? Visit our student portal at CIA Main Menu to stay up-to-date with CIA news and view commonly accessed information—like the academic calendar, campus resources, or how to pay your tuition.

    Prospective Families

    Starting college is a big step and your student isn’t the only one embarking on this journey—you are as well. As a key decision maker in helping your student find their perfect college fit, you want a place that can challenge them, build their skills, and prepare them for real-world success. At CIA, we promise to do just that—ensuring they have a personal success team to guide them all the way to graduation—and beyond. But that’s not all you’ll love about CIA—ready to learn more?

  • Visit CIA

    Visit CIA

    There’s no better way to see what CIA has to offer than to visit one of our campuses.

    Learning From the Best

    Learning From the Best

    CIA students learn from education professionals at the top of their game—our faculty have worked and won awards in every area of food and higher education.

    Hands-On Experience

    Hands-On Experience

    To say CIA is a hands-on learning experience is a total understatement—with 1,300+ kitchen hours, paid internships and nine award-winning, public restaurants. It’s real-world experience you won’t find anywhere else.

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    We’re committed to putting our amazing education well within reach. In fact, more than 90% of CIA students receive some form of financial aid.

    CIA Majors

    CIA Majors

    The fabulous food world is so diverse, and CIA majors reflect that. No matter which career path your student chooses, they’ll find the perfect match among CIA programs.

    The Food World’s Most Powerful Alumni Network

    The Food World’s Most Powerful Alumni Network

    CIA grads join an exclusive network of industry leaders and change makers over 50,000 strong.

    College Life With a Culinary Twist

    College Life With a Culinary Twist

    Each CIA campus offers a distinct flavor, a unique feel; yet at every one, your student will be part of a tight-knit, diverse community, united in a shared passion for food.

    Concentrations and Travel

    Concentrations and Travel

    CIA bachelor’s students can travel the globe and experience different foods and cultures—focusing their education on exactly what they want to do for their career.

  • Becoming 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.

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  • CIA is #1 in College ROI Among Degree-Granting Culinary Colleges

    In fact, a degree from the CIA not only pays back immediately but grows faster over time vs. degrees from other culinary colleges.

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    Graduation Info

    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
  • Did You Know?

    Our New York campus was named one of “The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America” by Condé Nast Traveler.
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