Culinary Institute of America

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http://www.ciachef.edu/

College Profile

The mission of The Culinary Institute of America is to provide the world’s best professional culinary education.

  • Since its founding in 1946, the CIA has offered education programs distinguished by their quality, innovation, and resources.
  • Instruction emphasizes hands-on learning in small class settings, and innovations have included the creation of hands-on student-staffed restaurant courses, the introduction of courses in nutritional cooking and wine studies, the addition of management studies, and the CIA’s unique curricula that assures students build their knowledge and skills in the ideal learning sequence.
  • To address the growing responsibilities of foodservice professionals, the CIA has advanced its education programs in steps that have given depth of knowledge and stature to CIA graduates.
  • The college introduced the first associate degree program in culinary arts in 1971. Following this success, an associate degree in baking and pastry arts was added in 1990—thereby establishing both culinary arts and baking and pastry arts majors, and providing formal degree education for both career paths.
  • The CIA continued its innovations by offering the first-ever bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts management in 1993 so that students would be even more prepared for the complexity of the food professions and for future leadership in the industry.
  • Today, CIA programs are recognized internationally for their excellence. The faculty is comprised of more than 170 chefs from over 19 different countries and instructors with unrivaled industry experience in the kitchens, bakeshops, and dining rooms of famed establishments—from New York City to San Francisco, and international capitals beyond. And along with Master Chefs and Bakers, the CIA’s renowned teaching team includes PhDs, Culinary Olympians, authors, Registered Dietitians, and MBAs.

Important programs that we offer include:

Bachelor’s in Food Business Management

Bachelor’s in Applied Food Studies

Bachelor’s in Culinary Science

Associate in Culinary Arts

Associate in Baking and Pastry Arts



Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 2400

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2400

  • International Student Enrollment: undergraduate 13%

  • Faculty-student ratio: 14/1

  • Faculty: Full-Time ­­­­170

  • Number of countries represented on campus: 33

  • Top five countries represented on campus: 
South Korea, India, China, Mexico, Taiwan



English as a Second Language Program and Services

The CIA has a specific partnership with ELS Language Centers for students who speak English as a second language, and will accept completion of that program, up to level 112, in lieu of the TOEFL score. Before you enroll in an ELS program, you must first meet all of the admissions requirements listed below:

  • Have the available finances required for your program of study.
  • Submit your CIA application along with a letter indicating your intention to attend ELS prior to attending the CIA.

When you have submitted all documents to the CIA, your file will be reviewed for academic ability and foodservice experience. If you are admissible, you will receive a Provisional Acceptance to the CIA.

Once you receive your Provisional Acceptance, you must select and attend an ELS center in the United States. After your successful completion of level 112 from the ELS Language program, submit your certificate of completion to the CIA. If you have attended an ELS program and still find yourself unprepared for college-level classes, you will be able to return to the ELS program to continue their study.

If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact International Admissions Counselor Gillian Ritter.

 

For more information: https://www.ciachef.edu/cia-and-els-language-centers-information/



International Student Housing Options

On campus housing is available for international students. You can view our campus housing options here: https://www.ciachef.edu/ny-housing/. All new and returning students must complete the on-campus housing request form located on the CIA Student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log on to the CIA Student Portal.

  2. Select Apply for Campus Housing on your “To-Do” list.

  3. Fill out the Housing Application and submit.

Residence Life Phone: 845-451-1260

E-mail Address: reslife@culinary.edu



First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

It’s easy to apply for one of our degree or certificate programs. The application can largely be completed online and is designed to help us get to know you—to learn about your food and career interests, foodservice experience, and academic performance. The steps for applying vary by program, but here’s a general overview of the process:

  • Create your CIA account and complete your application form, either online, by mail, or via Common Application.
  • Answer short questions or submit a statement of purpose.
  • Sign, date, and submit your application with the $50 application fee.
  • Ask for a recommendation from a former teacher or employer.
  • Request that your official high school or college transcript be sent directly to the CIA Admissions Department

For additional information for International Students, please visit: https://www.ciachef.edu/cia-international-students-admissions-requirements/



Visa Information

For information on F-1 visas and I-20 documents, please visit: https://www.ciachef.edu/cia-student-visas/



Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Semester tuition at the institute is about $14,300 not including board and first semester fees for equipment and uniforms. For more information about tuition and housing, please visit: https://www.ciachef.edu/tuition-ny/

It’s easy to apply for one of our degree or certificate programs. The application can largely be completed online and is designed to help us get to know you—to learn about your food and career interests, foodservice experience, and academic performance. The steps for applying vary by program, but here’s a general overview of the process:

  • Create your CIA account and complete your application form, either online, by mail, or via Common Application.
  • Answer short questions or submit a statement of purpose.
  • Sign, date, and submit your application with the $50 application fee.
  • Ask for a recommendation from a former teacher or employer.
  • Request that your official high school or college transcript be sent directly to the CIA Admissions Department

For additional information for International Students, please visit: https://www.ciachef.edu/cia-international-students-admissions-requirements/



Financial Aid

International students are eligible for a Global Scholars Grant, which provides $3000 toward the first year of tuition expenses.



Student Activities and Campus Life

The CIA has a wide offering of student activities, athletics, clubs and organizations, and on- and off-campus events.

New York Campus Virtual Tour

Explore our campus—including academic buildings, residence halls, and facilities—on our virtual tour. CIA NY Campus Map

Clubs

Campus clubs are an excellent way to connect with people who share your interests. There’s the Alliance Club that celebrates student diversity, the Gourmet Society for exploring world cuisine and gourmet foods, the Eta Sigma Delta international honor society, and many more. Learn more about all the CIA student organizations at the NY campus.

CIA Athletics

Students are taking to the fields and courts to help build a proud tradition of intercollegiate athletics at the college. The CIA is pleased to offer five competitive sports opportunities—intercollegiate soccer, basketball, cross country, tennis, and volleyball. Or, you can get involved in the college’s various intramural sports, fitness programs, or recreational activities.

Living at the CIA

Lifelong friends and memories—that’s what you get when you live on campus. As a CIA student, you enjoy the full campus experience in our residence halls and lodges. It’s a great way to round out your college life—and your social life! Learn more about CIA NY housing

CIA Meal Plan

The Culinary Institute of America offers an exciting selection of meal plans for our students. These plans use a points system, loading points onto each student ID card to use as determined by each specific plan. Learn more about CIA Meal Plans

Learn from Celebrity Chefs

You’ll have many opportunities to learn from—and sometimes even rub elbows with—some of the greatest stars of the food world.

Vibrant Community

The college has its share of great options for fun and exploration in the surrounding area. There’s New York City, orchards and farms, historic sites, rock climbing—you’ll never be short of exciting off-campus activities at the CIA.