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College Life with a Culinary Twist

You’re going to absolutely love life on and around our fun, friendly, food-centric California campus.  Why? Well, one reason is the CIA’s location in the incredible Napa Valley, a region filled with arts, culture, and, of course, premier food and wine. Another big one is that our close-knit residential campus community feels just like family.

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Industry-Leading Faculty

Our faculty literally wrote many of the definitive culinary books—including, The Professional Chef. Other colleges teach from it, but the experts are here.

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Real-World Experience

Get real-world experience in an award-winning setting with our student run, public service bakeshops and restaurants located in major food and wine destinations.

Friendly Competition

Ribbons and recognition await you in culinary events like Appellation St. Helena bASH.

Most Powerful Alumni Network

Join the food world’s most powerful alumni network with over 50,000 food industry leaders and change makers in all corners of the world.

You’re Going to Love It Here

At the CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours—guided by your passions, your interests, and your imagination. Each of our campuses offers a distinct flavor, a unique feel; yet at every one, you’ll be part of a tight-knit, diverse community of students and instructors from all over the world, united in your shared passion for food.

I loved being in the heart of Napa Valley because we were able to apply our classroom knowledge in the field every day. Being surrounded by some of the best restaurants, farms, and vineyards added immeasurable value to our experience.

Sara Quinteros-Shilling ’12
Dietitian, Consultant, Partner, Shilling Canning Company, Washington, DC 

Ever since I set foot onto the Greystone campus, all the chefs, professors, and administration have made the effort to know who I am and who my classmates are. We’re all one big happy family!

Kathleen Luu
CIA Student, Associate in Culinary Arts at the California campus

What They’re Saying

With our CIA Cares program, you’ll be supported from your very first day on campus until your last.  Experience a dedicated team of faculty and staff, academic and career advisors, and others, that’s custom-made for you. You’ll always have someone to answer your questions and help guide your decisions—it’s the CIA way.

The CIA Way

You’re going to love it at the CIA because no matter where in the world you come from, you’ll be surrounded by people who totally get you. And no matter where or how high you want to go in your food career, the CIA will prepare you for it all.

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