Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America


Author: Dennis Macheska, Associate Dean—Student Affairs & Housing and James Manley, Associate Dean—Campus Life & Student Development

There’s an unmistakable vibrancy and energy in the CIA’s traditional college environment that enriches the entire student experience. Students benefit greatly from taking an active role in this close-knit campus community.

We hope you’ll encourage your student to remain on campus—and not in an off-campus apartment or house—during the junior and senior years. Living on campus opens us so many more opportunities for community development, campus activities, and navigating different perspectives. Here’s a reminder of just a few of the benefits for your student:

  • It’s convenient. Being close to classes encourages regular attendance, and a more positive academic experience naturally follows. Resident students automatically have an easy “backstage pass” to all the action happening around the college.
  • It’s safe. All resident buildings have swipe access. Campus safety services are available around the clock, with access to a team committed to providing a safe environment for everyone.
  • It’s an all-inclusive experience. There are still no hidden costs for the bachelor’s program—students pay one price that includes items like laundry, internet, cable, electric, heat, and air conditioning. Plus they can continue to enjoy fun, free activities on campus throughout the year.

There are plenty of long-term benefits as well. Students immersed in campus activities are more likely to maintain a connection to the CIA, further develop personally, and complete their degree. And they get to enjoy college life a little longer—a fun, positive experience they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The many opportunities including joining clubs, some specific to bachelor’s student interests; attending campus events; further exploring the Hudson Valley through scheduled trips; providing a bachelor’s student perspective in the college newspaper; or continuing their intramural or intercollegiate athletic career for two more seasons. They can also earn a little extra spending money by working on campus.

Plus students can build their leadership skills in roles such as welcome team member, resident assistant, orientation leader, Student Government Association member, or club officer. There are a host of engagement opportunities for all students.

The CIA campus is a wonderfully diverse and inclusive community enriched by the many different life experiences and cultures of its members. It’s the perfect environment for a bachelor’s student to live, to grow, to learn, and to have fun.

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