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 food service 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:


2800 Total Enrollment
2800 Undergraduate Enrollment
14% International Student Enrollment
14:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
170 Faculty: Full-Time
40 Countries Represented
Top 5 South Korea, India, China, Mexico, Taiwan

English as a Second Language Program and Services

The CIA has partnerships with three language schools for students that require further study to improve their English language proficiency: ELS Language Centers, International Mid Pacific College, and Empire State English.

  1. ELS Language Centers: CIA accepts completion of ELS English for Academic Purposes Program Level 112.
  2. International Mid Pacific College (IMPAC): CIA accepts completion of the IMPAC Level 5-Low Advanced course combined with a 75+ score on the Michigan Test of English Language.
  3. Empire State English (ESE): CIA accepts completion of the ESE General English Level Advanced C combined with a score of 100 or above on the ESE exit test.

Before you enroll in an English language program, you must first meet all of the admissions requirements listed below:

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

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

Students who receive a Conditional Acceptance from the CIA are expected to enroll at one of the three partner language schools in a timely fashion. After completing the language school program, students must submit their certificate of completion to the CIA to receive a full acceptance. Students who have received their certificate must enroll at one of the three CIA campuses on the next available entry date, which will be determined by an admissions counselor. Please view the Enrollment Schedule to learn more.

For more information, click here.

International Student Housing Options

On campus housing is available for international students. You can view our campus housing options by clicking here. 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 845-451-1260

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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 click here.

Financial Aid

International Students are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Scholar Award New students enrolling in the CIA’s culinary arts and baking and pastry arts programs in New York between December and June at our New York Campus are eligible to receive a $3000 grant.
  • Alumni Referral Scholarship New students who are referred to the CIA by a graduate will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible, you must include a letter of recommendation from the CIA graduate with your admission application.

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

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.


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Culinary Institute of America


Stephen Sobierajski
Associate Director of International Admissions

Stephani Hsu
International Admissions Counselor

Visa Information

For information on F-1 visas and I-20 documents, please click here.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

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 click here.

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:

For additional information for International Students, please click here.

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