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—and there’s no better time to start than now. Hands-down—the best hands-on education is #onlyatcia.
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.
Industry-driven curriculum that explores topics through the lens of food.
2x the foundational skills and deeper dives into specializations than most colleges.
Hands-on learning with expert faculty.
World-class, paid internships.
Our industry’s best career fair.
The food world’s most powerful alumni.
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.
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.
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.
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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