The CIA Difference: We believe in the power of food to change lives and, yes, the world. Our singular focus on food and your success in the food industry is what makes us—and you—great. Because we’re not distracted by a host of unrelated degrees and majors, we can pour all our energy, passion, and industry smarts into providing you with the best food-focused education. And that’s exactly what we do—it’s the difference you’ll find only at CIA.
Our faculty literally wrote many of the definitive culinary books—including, The Professional Chef. Other colleges teach from it, but the experts are here.
Get real-world experience in an award-winning setting, with our nine student-run, public-service restaurants located in major food and wine destinations.
Conceive, create, and run your own pop-up business venture for a full semester in the CIA Innovation Kitchen.
Gain exclusive access to the best college career fair in the world of food—hundreds of the very best restaurant and hospitality companies come to you three times a year, every year to hire CIA grads.
With the CIA’s unmatched global connections, you’ll taste the world and experience places, people, and foods that other students simply can’t. Choose a full semester away during a concentration or a two-week travel elective and return home with a whole new perspective.
Master mise en place—a cornerstone to CIA student success not only in the kitchen, but throughout your life. Heighten critical thinking, problem solving, organizational skills, and teamwork to prepare you for success—every time.
Sharpen your focus with a built-in paid internship at one of more than 2,000+ CIA-approved world-class organizations (spanning every segment of food and hospitality).
Join the food world’s most powerful alumni network with over 50,000 food industry leaders and change makers in all corners of the world.