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About The Culinary Institute of America...
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Address
1946 Campus Dr
Hyde Park, NY 12538
From The Culinary Institute of America

The business of food is big and it is the perfect time to join this growing industry. The Culinary Institute of America offers the world’s best food-focused programs with degrees in food business management, hospitality management, applied food studies, culinary science, culinary arts, and baking & pastry arts at New York, California, and Texas campuses.

The CIA is educating the next generation of leaders. You’ll learn from the very best faculty, experience an invaluable internship, make important industry connections, select a semester away concentration to take a deep dive into an area of interest, and travel to study cuisines and cultures of other countries.

Your future is bright when you graduate from the CIA! The food industry recognizes that a CIA degree sets you apart. More than 130 of the best food, beverage, and hospitality companies come to CIA Career Fairs to hire our students. And, our 50,000+ alumni are leaders in the industry who stand ready to help you succeed.

The Culinary Institute of America Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
94%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,913/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,869/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,342/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,867/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,332/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,521/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.95 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.78 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.78 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,774Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
33%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
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What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 79 responses
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  • The Harvard for culinary art students
    34%
  • The West Point of culinary arts.
    15%
  • The best of the best for culinary and baking
    11%
  • Fun and exciting
    9%
  • Military-esque yet very forgiving and nurturing
    5%
  • A great and educational school all around.
    5%
  • Enlightening, most of the time
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%

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The Culinary Institute of America Reviews

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I love being apart of The CIA. There have been plenty of opportunities for me to thrive and learn as much as I can about the culinary industry. My student life experience is continuously getting better, I have a fantastic time meeting people and connecting with foreign students! The CIA is a major benefactor of diversity, and it definitely shows. This school has always been my dream school, and I could not believe that I actually had the ability to pursue such an incredible education.
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I’ve got mixed feelings about the school. On the one hand, I won’t struggle to find job in the sector of the industry that I want to be in. Nor will I want for connections, due to the size of the alumni network and how widespread the network is.
However there’s aspects of the school that irk me. The lack of communication between different areas of administration and staff is astounding. Personally, I experienced this firsthand when applying for Bachelors classes. I spoke to my advisor about testing out of a class, and she assured me that I’d be able to register for the rest of my classes. However, when I tried to register, I found a series of hoops I now had to jump through that hadn’t been communicated. Hoops that could have been avoided if my advisor had talked to the person in charge of class registration. Or communicated to me so I could avoid them.
Culinary Institute of America is a premier culinary school with an excellent campus and strong community that wishes to revolutionize food. The faculty are helpful and friendly. Though the area is quite desolate, it's only an 1 1/2 hour drive to New York City!