Culinary Institute of America


Culinary Institute of America is a non-profit private culinary college based in New York. This academic institution does not have graduate schools. According to data of the year 2012, it has 2,785 undergraduates pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees. Culinary Institute of America also offers continuing education in the areas of hospitality industry as well as conferences and consulting services. This institute practices rolling admission.

Culinary Institute of America was first established by Frances Roth and Katharine Angell in 1946. It was initially the New Haven Restaurant Institute based in New Haven and changed its name to the current one in 1951. The main campus of this university is located in Hyde Park, New York. It still has other campuses in California, Texas and an international campus in Singapore.

Culinary Institute of America offers 1-year certificate, associate’s degree, and bachelor’s degree. Student retention rate of this university is 76%, which is close to New York average, and 38% of the students in this universtiy finally finished their four years’ study and graduated with a degree. During July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010, 141 students was awarded certificates, 1,078 awarded associate degree and 321 awarded bachelor’s degree.

The mission of the Culinary Institute of America is:

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world’s best professional culinary education. Excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity are the core values that guide our efforts. We teach our students the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in their chosen profession..


The Culinary Institute of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and it holds an Absolute Charter issued by the New York State Board of Regents.


The Culinary Institute of America offers a series of culinary-related majors, from culinary arts to food service management.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Culinary Arts/Chef Training
  2. Restaurant/Food Services Management
  3. Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
  4. Culinary Arts and Related Services

The university is not currently ranked by US News and World Report.

With the student-faculty ratio being 17:1 the Culinary Institute of America guarantees that every one of the students receives high-qualified instructions so that they can graduate being a well-trained worker.


Applicants are not asked to present their SAT or ACT scores, but admission interview will be required. The university practices rolling admission. Therefore no hard deadline of application is set. Working and volunteering experiences usually give applicants extra advantages.


The tuition and fees for year 2011-2012 are USD 26,675. The room and board fee is USD 8,240. Students averagely spend USD 2,000 on books and supplies.

The Culinary Institute of America offers scholarships (including both need-based ones and non-need-based ones), financial aids and part-time job opportunities for students to help them deal with their tuition and expenses. There are five types of need-based scholarships/grants, with USD 9,225 awarded for freshman and USD 3,153 non-need-based scholarships/grants offered. The Culinary Institute of America provides various types of loans for students. About 91% of the students get financial aid and 7% of them have their needs fully met. Financial aids are also available for international students in this university.

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