The California Culinary Academy, located in San Francisco, California, was founded in 1977 to provide individuals with a quality culinary and baking education. The school utilizes Le Cordon Bleu methods for teaching alongside American technological innovations and is among the oldest culinary schools in the western United States. The school is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
California Culinary Academy offers to programs of study. The school takes techniques formed by the Le Cordon Bleu School, founded in 1895, and combines it with American technology in order to create a blend of modern and classical tastes. The school confers associate degrees to individuals along with a Le Cordon Bleu diploma. The culinary arts program is 16 months long, and the baking and pastry program is 7 1/2 weeks long.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students wishing to enroll at California Culinary Academy must complete and submit the application form along with the fee, provide proof of a high school diploma or equivalent, and participate in an interview with a representative. Once completed, the school will review the application, taking into consideration the interview, after which a decision will be made regarding admission.
Financial aid is available to students, and assistance and directions for applying for aid is available through the financial aid office located on campus. Students should make an appointment with an advisor to begin the process. There are deadlines for submissions, and as such students should complete the process as early as possible.
The program list below was created by historical graduation information reported by the school. This list may not represent the current curriculum offered. Visit the school's website to get more information about programs offered.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Culinary Arts (A, C)
- $12,400 is the average amount of student loans requested for this program**
- 310 students reported graduating last year
Baking And Pastry (A, C)
- 64% repayment rate for students who completed this program*
- Student loans borrowed for this program total about $6,600**
- Last year the graduating class was around 110 students
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
Once scholarships, grants and other forms of aid are calculated, the expected average cost for students at this school is $28,400. To calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance visit the net price calculator. A fee of $50 is required from all applicants. Financial aid information may be obtained by contacting the financial aid office at (415) 216-4475. The financial details shown on this page are an approximation. The actual costs may differ, please contact this school for more information.
Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $15,000-$18,000
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||74%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||42%||$4,208|
|Receiving Student Loans||68%||$7,529|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 25%.