The Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park, New York, is one of the oldest culinary schools in the United States. The school was founded in 1946 by Katharine Angell and Frances Roth as the New Have Restaurant Institute, in New Haven, Connecticut, and was founded as a vocational school for returning veterans from World War II. The school changed its name in 1951, and moved to its current location in 1971. CIA is the largest employer of American Culinary Federation certified master chefs. The school also has branch campuses in St. Helena, California, San Antonio, Texas and Singapore. The school also runs an on campus restaurant at its three United States based locations.
The Culinary Institute of America offers associate and bachelor degree programs in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. Students will receive in depth and practical instruction on the methods and techniques used to craft the dishes and desserts in the finest ways possible. In addition to the majors offered, certificate programs in wine and beverage studies, latin cuisine and more are available. The education provided at the CIA offers students a solid foundation a professional supervision that can result in a career in food.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in applying to the Culinary Institute of America must have a high school diploma or GED. When applying students will be required to submit one or more recommendations depending on the program and will have to take a COMPASS assessment test. A minimum of six months professional food preparation experience at a minimum of 15 hours a week is necessary prior to admission to the CIA. Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students interested in obtaining aid may contact or visit the financial aid office to get assistance in beginning the process. Additional information is available through the school's website in the form of instructional videos.
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)
- Upon completion of this program, students owe on average $5,500 in student loans**
- 980 students reported graduating last year
Food Services Management (A, B, C)
Baking And Pastry (A, B, C)
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The overall cost students will pay at this school is approximately $33,200 after scholarships, grants and other forms of aid are taken into consideration. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There may be an application fee required, please check with CIA for more information. The financial aid department provides information and resources for students seeking out financial options. Their phone number is (845) 451-1243. Any tuition and financial aid figures listed provide an outline of costs at this school, however they may not accurately represent current costs, fees, or tuition. Please check with this school for more information.
Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $26,000-$31,000 per year
- Required fees for full-time students: $1,300
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||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||87%||$10,729|
|Receiving Student Loans||80%||$9,977|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 6%.
Other Career Colleges
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Culinary Institute of America.
- Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford, CT (64 miles away)
- Institute of Culinary Education in New York, NY (69 miles away)
- The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA (141 miles away)
- Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Cambridge in Cambridge, MA (152 miles away)
- New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT (187 miles away)