Transfer Students: Welcome to Your New College!

  • Continue Your College Journey at the CIA

    Transfer to the CIA and use your previous college experiences to pursue an exciting career in the food and hospitality industry. The CIA Credit Transfer Policy allows you to apply relevant earned credits, life achievements, and select exam results toward your degree. Our admissions staff is ready to ensure your smooth transition to the CIA.

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    Apply Online, It’s Easy

    When you apply online, choose the “fast track” option. This automatically activates a personalized assessment of your transfer credits—helping you save money!

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    Learn About Transferring Credits

    Use your college credits to pursue an exciting career in the food and hospitality industry. You could reduce your time at the CIA by a semester when transferring in a minimum of 12 credits that meet degree requirements. Completing your degree faster and getting out into the industry ASAP!

    Culinary Institute of America transfer student in the bachelor's degree completion program.

    Finish the Degree You Wanted

    Already have significant credits? This special degree program is just for students who have already earned 30+ credits. Did you start down a different career path and are now ready to follow your true passion? Get the food career you’ve always dreamed of. Apply credits you’ve already earned to the CIA Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts.

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    Get Your Degree Faster

    Earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months with CIA’s Turbo Option. If you have full-time, hands-on work experience in a professional kitchen that features progressive levels of responsibility, this program is for you. Focus your new CIA degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts and advance your career forward.

    Culinary Institute of America transfer student with a scholarship.

    Qualify for Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Unlike many other colleges, the CIA reviews all new students for financial assistance the same way. That means you’ll be eligible for the same financial aid and scholarship opportunities as CIA freshmen entering directly from high school.

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    Fit Right In

    Want to attend unique food events, research recipes, talk foodshows, participate in competitions, or just hang out? Join our passionate food community. There’s so much to do with your new-found friends on campus, in and out of class.

    How to Get Started

    • Check out the enrollment dates for the program you’re interested in and apply for admission. The CIA enrolls students three times a year, so you can start when it’s best for you.
    • File your FAFSA to determine your financial aid opportunities. This way, you’ll be reviewed for scholarships and financial aid immediately.

    Ready to Apply for Admission?

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    Lindsey Delvecchio, Admissions CounselorLindsey Delvecchio
    Admissions Counselor

    Specializes in assisting transfer students

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