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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
About The Culinary Institute of America...
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Hyde Park, NY 12538
From The Culinary Institute of America

Food is your passion; the foundation for the life you want. That makes the CIA 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 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 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+ résumé-building internships, and real-world experience in our award-winning restaurants. The CIA’s trademark foundation of skills, knowledge, and professionalism will prepare you for an amazing career filled with opportunity. As a CIA graduate, you’ll have the unrivaled advantage of joining our powerful 50,000+ alumni network.

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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
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
97%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$32,290/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$12,523/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.95 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.95 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.95 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,116Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    61%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Stressed
    11%
  • Creative
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
75%
of students say they don't have Greek life.20 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.20 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 96 responses
Report
  • The Harvard for culinary art students
    38%
  • The West Point of culinary arts.
    13%
  • The best of the best for culinary and baking
    11%
  • Fun and exciting
    7%
  • A great and educational school all around.
    6%
  • Military-esque yet very forgiving and nurturing
    4%
  • Enlightening, most of the time
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $43,200/ 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 will emerge you in a diverse culture, and it will provide you with all the tools that you will need to succeed in the kitchen and/or management position. I'm enrolled in the brand new Bachelor's for Hospitality Management, and so far I have been provided with many experiences and tools that will help refine my character and skills to be successful in any career option I pick! The faculty is extremely experienced, and they are very helpful, and they excel in guiding the students to the right path. This is the school to go to for a degree in Hospitality Management because you will come out with a culinary background on top of all the hands-on management experiences that you will receive, so you will already be ahead of the competition!
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    I absolutely love the culinary institute. The teachers, chefs, and staff 100% care about the students. The things you will learn at the culinary institute will set you up for your career. The diversity in the classes is amazing. My kitchen class this year had students from 7 different countries. The cia try’s their best to make them feel at home and less homesick by creating clubs and serving their cultures foods. The food at the cia is the best college food around because it’s made by chefs! The egg provides tons of food choices, a shopping market, and even beer if you’re 21! The food is made easy to buy with your blue, green, and gold point meal plan. Not only is the cia an amazing school but it’s locations are amazing as well! Hudson valley, Texas, California, and more! The cia is THE best culinary school to attend if you’re looking to become the best.
    I've worked with The Culinary Institute of America for over five years and have seen many students graduate and become the chefs, restaurant owners, and front of house managers that they always dreamed of becoming. Some have gone to work for renowned chefs around the nation or have opened their own local businesses, but have been able to do because of the training they received from our amazing faculty. The truth is that only one school can provide the academics and hands-on training needed to succeed in the culinary world and that is The Culinary Institute of America!