B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
The Culinary Institute of America is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1946 Campus Dr
Hyde Park, NY 12538

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

Acceptance Rate
92%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$31,409/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,604/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,997/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,265/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,883/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,178/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.95 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.76 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,859Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
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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 77 responses
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  • The Harvard for culinary art students
    35%
  • The West Point of culinary arts.
    14%
  • The best of the best for culinary and baking
    12%
  • 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
$41,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%

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The Culinary Institute of America is filled with talented, passionate, and diverse people. Not only are the students all of these things but the Professors are as well! This environment makes learning not only possible but fun. The campus is absolutely gorgeous with water fountains and waterfalls as well as a clear view of the Hudson river. It's spacious, colorful, and full of places to eat!
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From walking around campus to dorm life food, food and food education are everywhere. I would not trade this school for the world. At the Culinary Institute of America, the students are not just all studying our majors. The students are a diverse community of food enthesiasts and food professionals all living and moving forward towards one common goal. Before coming to this school I felt like something was missing, some part of me was missing and I had not discovered it yet. Going to the CIA was and still feels like coming home. The chefs although very rough are very helpful and want to see us succeed, the professors all wrote the books they teach us from, and the residence life staff plans food events and tasting for the students like 3 times a week for example on October 2nd, 2016 we are having a chili cook off for the entire student population to compete at, and for the public to try too!
My experience at The Culinary Institute of America is greatly appreciated. This school expands my mind with all the knowledge each chef has to teach. This school is for anyone who has the passion to cook or bake and wants to learn the traditional ways. The only thing I would probably change about this school is to offer more spacing. With the amount of students applying for this school, it could get a tad bit tight. Overall, best culinary school!