Culinary Institute of America

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Faculty

130 Faculty Members | 27:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

The Culinary Institute of America is the culinary college to fuel your passion for cooking or baking. Since 1946, the college has set the standard for education excellence in the culinary arts and the baking and pastry arts. Here you'll develop a broad base of knowledge and a confidence in your skills, preparing you to move successfully into the career that's absolutely right for you.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$34,650

Out of state

$34,650
Graduate

In state

$23,799

Out of state

$23,799

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
93%
Did not receive aid
7%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 32.0% $6,103
State/local grants 8.0% $4,255
Institutional grants 93.0% $16,193
Loans 61.0% $13,672

Financial aid resources

Paying for college

Learn about different ways to cover costs, incluing financial aid, GI Bills, grants and scholarships

Applying for financial Aid

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management
  • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Culinary Science/Culinology
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      • A program that prepares individuals to plan, manage, and market restaurants, food services in hospitality establishments, food service chains and franchise networks, and restaurant supply operations. Includes instruction in hospitality administration, food services management, wholesale logistics and distribution, franchise operations, business networking, personnel management, culinary arts, business planning and capitalization, food industry operations, marketing and retailing, business law and regulations, finance, and professional standards and ethics. See other colleges that offer this major
  • CULINARY, ENTERTAINMENT, AND PERSONAL SERVICES
    • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
      • A program that prepares individuals to serve as professional bakers and pastry specialists in restaurants or other commercial baking establishments. Includes instruction in bread and pastry making, bread and pastry handling and storage, cake and pastry decorating, baking industry operations, product packaging and marketing operations, and counter display and service. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
      • A program that prepares individuals to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. Includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, aesthetics of food presentation, and familiarity or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Culinary Science/Culinology
      • A program that focuses on the blending of food science and the culinary arts and that prepares individuals to work as research chefs and related research and development positions in the food industry. Includes instruction in culinary arts, food chemistry, food safety and quality, food processing, nutrition, and business management. See other colleges that offer this major
  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Most Popular Graduate programs

  • Restaurant/Food Services Management
Full List of Programs

Graduate ProgramsX

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Restaurant/Food Services Management
      • A program that prepares individuals to plan, manage, and market restaurants, food services in hospitality establishments, food service chains and franchise networks, and restaurant supply operations. Includes instruction in hospitality administration, food services management, wholesale logistics and distribution, franchise operations, business networking, personnel management, culinary arts, business planning and capitalization, food industry operations, marketing and retailing, business law and regulations, finance, and professional standards and ethics. See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
96.68%
  • Apply 1,777
  • Accepted 1,718
  • Attend 570

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$50
Graduate
$75

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Required
  • Recommendation letter

    Required
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Recommended
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Recommended
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Not applicable
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
48%
Male Students
52%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian48.38%
  2. Hispanic/Latino16.93%
  3. Two Or More Ethnicities14.52%
  4. Black8.23%
  5. Asian7.21%
  6. Not Specified3.93%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.4%
  8. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0.4%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

3,625

Undergraduate students

3,538

Graduate students

87

Attendance breakdown

Full time
96%
Part time
4%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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