- 4 Year
- HYDE PARK, NY
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- Academicsgrade B minus
- Valuegrade B
- Diversitygrade A+
- Campusgrade A minus
- Athleticsgrade unavailable
- Party Scenegrade C
- Professorsgrade C+
- Locationgrade B
- Dormsgrade B
- Campus Foodgrade A+
- Student Lifegrade A minus
- Safetygrade B
You love food, it’s your passion. If this sounds like you, then The Culinary Institute of America is the only place to be. As the world’s premier culinary college, we believe in the power of food to change lives…and the world. For nearly 75 years, we’ve poured our energy, passion, and industry smarts into providing the best food-focused education. Only at the CIA will you get the immersive learning and industry connections you need to lead in the kitchen, hotel operations, or anywhere else you want to go in food or hospitality.
At the CIA we offer associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Expect to build a strong foundation and learn by doing through 1,300+ hands-on hours in our kitchens and bakeshops, paid internships and our award-winning public restaurants. Explore concepts in the way most meaningful to you—through food. Wherever your career leads, the CIA will prepare you for it all.
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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.
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Most Popular Majors
- Culinary Arts and Food Service670 Graduates
- Baking and Pastry Arts317 Graduates
- Restaurant and Food Services Management231 Graduates
- Liberal Arts and Humanities44 Graduates
CIA Hospitality Management Bachelor's Program
This next-level program provides an arsenal of business-focused skills, then goes beyond to give you the critical hands-on food and beverage experience you need to become a well-rounded hospitality leader. With 10x more food and beverage instruction than most other hospitality programs, you’ll gain a distinct advantage across the many facets of hospitality—from hotel operations to event planning.
- The Harvard for culinary art students36%
- The best of the best for culinary and baking12%
- The West Point of culinary arts.12%
- Fun and exciting7%
- A great and educational school all around.6%
- Enlightening, most of the time4%
- Military-esque yet very forgiving and nurturing4%
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The Culinary Institute of America Reviews
It's a tough school with a difficult program, but if you're willing to work hard it is worth the effort. There are many opportunities to find work during/after school, and I already have offers of places to work after school. Definitely worth it!
1. School is extremely expensive. In the last two semesters I've kicked out more out of pocket than freshmen year. There are very little scholarship opportunities. Very little Financial Aid respective to the per semester charges. Further students are charged $2,000 in fees per semester with no explanation of what the fees cover.
2. Teachers with bad attitudes who don't respond to students. Unrealistic assignment deadlines.
3. During orientation we were told about student activities on campus. Well that was a lie. Not a party school but nothing to do on the weekend.
Bottom line is the school chooses revenue over students.