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  • Food is your future—take your food career to the next level at CIA!

    Whether you’re a food professional or have always dreamed of becoming one, you’re in the right place! If you want a successful career in the world of food and hospitality, the Culinary Institute of America is truly the best place to begin your future. 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. Hands-down—the best hands-on education is #onlyatcia.

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  • Degree Programs

    Food is your advantage.

    Make the most of your skills, knowledge, and life experience by earning a CIA degree. Here you’ll get an education that gives you an edge—the CIA core advantage—which prepares you for success in the kitchen and beyond through:

    Hands-on, real-world experience in our kitchens and award-winning restaurants.

    Hands-on, real-world experience in our kitchens and award-winning restaurants.

    Industry-driven curriculum that explores topics through the lens of food.

    Industry-driven curriculum that explores topics through the lens of food.

    2x the foundational skills and deeper dives into specializations than most colleges.

    Two-times the foundational skills and deeper dives into specializations than most colleges.

     

    • Associate degrees: If you want to hit the job market fast—our 21-month associate degrees in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts are the perfect choice. Packed with experiential learning—including 1,300+ hands-on hours—you’ll graduate ready to jump into any professional kitchen.
    • Bachelor’s degrees: Add the power of a bachelor’s degree to your resume in just 38-months (less, if you have transfer credits). These programs, offered only at our New York campus, build on the food and beverage curriculum of our associate degrees with specialized majors, concentrations, travel experiences, and more.
    • Have the experience, but need the degree? Get college credit for your professional food industry experience with our Turbo Option to earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months.
  • Only at CIA

    Experience—Hands-on learning with expert faculty.

    Experience

    Hands-on learning with expert faculty.

    Internships—World-class, paid internships.

    Internships

    World-class, paid internships.

    Career—Our industry’s best career fair.

    Career

    Our industry’s best career fair.

    Network—The food world’s most powerful alumni.

    Network

    The food world’s most powerful alumni.

  • CIA Career Fairs

    Food is your connection.

    We build food and hospitality careers at CIA. In fact, we’re so committed to the success of our students, we host the best college career fair in the world of food—exclusively for CIA students and grads. Three times a year, every year, more than 100+ of the very best food, beverage, and hospitality companies attend CIA’s Career Fair—looking to hire. And given our industry reputation (and that of our alumni), the employers and the job opportunities come to you, not the other way around. That’s the CIA advantage.

     
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    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Food is your purpose.

    Scholarships and financial aid are important factors when you’re choosing a college. We recognize that—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. In fact, more than $40 million was awarded to CIA students last year alone. Our financial aid experts are committed to partnering with you as well—through every step of the process—so you come away with the best package to fit your needs. Don’t miss out!

    *Financial aid is available to those that qualify.

  • Student Life

    Food is your community.

    At CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours. Our student community is full of people just like you who want to transform their passion for food into career growth. Guided by your interests and imagination, you and your classmates will have endless opportunities to broaden your professional expertise while learning from the industry’s best.

    CIA Chili Cook-Off

    Students in Farquharson Hall

    Students in Kitchen

  • Connect With a CIA Student

    Find out what it’s really like to be a CIA student. Our students are ready to answer the questions you haven’t asked anyone else, share their own personal experiences, and give you expert and genuine advice—because they’ve gone through it, too. Find out what it means to be part of the CIA family. Chat with someone now!

     
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