You’ll gain more indepth knowledge and top-notch skills here than from anywhere else—it’s our mission to deliver the world’s best culinary education to you.
Your CIA education will prepare you to do great things in your food career. As an independent, not-for-profit educational organization, the CIA uses its resources to deliver on our core mission—providing the best professional culinary education to thousands of students each year in our degree programs.
Your college choice is important, so it’s crucial that you know where your education dollars are going. Many other culinary schools are for-profit businesses, and some large ones are owned by major corporations. Tuition paid to for-profit schools covers both their business costs and the profits they must deliver to shareholders. Their costs may include heavy advertising and recruiting expenses, and they may spend 20% or more of tuition dollars on these marketing expenses. So, a significant percentage of your tuition dollars will not contribute to your educational experience. As a not-for-profit culinary college, the CIA ensures that your tuition dollars stay focused on our mission—to give you the best professional culinary education.
You will feel right at home on our food-centric campus. All kinds of people come to the CIA—some right out of high school, some from the work force or the military, and others from different colleges. A singular, shared passion—food—immediately connects you to other students and faculty in our welcoming CIA community.
Get right to the top of an employer’s list. Leading companies in the food world look to the CIA degree as a valued credential when they’re hiring. And you can expand your contact list with the college’s exclusive online database of employers, averaging 2,000 job opportunities at both national and international businesses for student job searches.
You’ll be joining an exclusive club of 49,000-plus alumni—an accomplished, supportive network throughout the industry, whatever your career goals.
Check out our list of celebrated alumni. It’s as diverse as it is extensive—including Grant Achatz, John Besh, Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Johnny Iuzzini, Melissa Kelly, Charlie Palmer, Michael Symon, Roy Yamaguchi, and Sherry Yard, to name just a few. They’ve found success doing what they love. They embraced the idea that Food is Life.
Now, it’s your turn. Inquire today!