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California Culinary Academy

350 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

  • Phone: (800) 229-2433

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (415) 216-4475

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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.

Programs Offered

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 (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

- Culinary Arts (A, C)

  • $12,400 is the average amount of student loans requested for this program**
  • 250 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 140 students

- Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (A, C)

  • Estimated loan repayment rate of 67% for former students*
  • Last year the graduating class was around zero 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

Alternate Tuition Plan Options Available

  • Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.

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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships42%$4,208
Receiving Student Loans68%$7,529

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.