The Culinary Institute of America (NY)


The Culinary Institute of America (NY)

Food is your passion. It’s also your future, the foundation for the life you want. That makes The Culinary Institute of America the only college for you, because food is our everything, too. Founded in 1946, the CIA is a private, not-for-profit, Middle States-accredited institution recognized throughout the industry as the world’s premier culinary college. With food- and hospitality-focused associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs; academic concentrations; and study abroad opportunities, the CIA offers you the ability to customize your education to fit your specific interests and career goals. At the CIA, you’ll benefit from experiential learning, including 1,300 hours of hands-on kitchen instruction; a choice of 2,000+ CIA-approved, résumé-building internships; and real-world experience in our award-winning, on-campus restaurants. The CIA’s trademark foundation of skills, knowledge, and professionalism will prepare you for an amazing career in a creative profession filled with opportunities—including ones you haven’t even imagined yet. As a CIA graduate, you’ll have the unrivaled advantage of joining our powerful 50,000+ alumni network—industry leaders who are eager to hire and promote fellow grads. And because you love food, you’ll fit right in here. No matter where in the world you come from, you’ll be surrounded by people who share your passion.

Academic Programs

  • Baking and Pastry Arts (AOS)
  • Culinary Arts (AOS)
  • Applied Food Studies (BPS)
  • Culinary Science (BPS)
  • Food Business Management (BBA)
  • Hospitality Management (BS)

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Disability Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Student Clubs
  • Learning Center
  • Transfer
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Career Services

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


First year and transfer students should apply online as early as possible to ensure a quick application review. Next, file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1. Be sure to check out CIA scholarships. Also, find out if your AP or college-level courses will transfer into college credit. Transfer students should review The CIA’s Credit Transfer Policy online. The CIA's Early Action deadline is November 15.

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There’s no better way to see what the CIA has to offer than to visit one of our campuses. We offer in-depth and informative tours as well as events throughout the year that showcase our career-focused degree and certificate programs. We wish you were here—but until you are, check out our virtual tours and online events >


“Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and culinary arts has the Institute.”

Craig Claiborne, celebrated author and food critic for The New York Times
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1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499, United States of America

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