Go beyond the kitchen at our NY campus

Start living your dream at The Culinary Institute of America. Our vibrant, food-centric environment encourages creative exploration. Our passion for food will be yours too—once you step foot on our amazing campus and see our impressive kitchens, bakeshops, and restaurants and get a taste of our vibrant campus life. You will learn from expert faculty, and benefit from supportive tutoring and enriching, hands-on experiences. Food is at the heart of the CIA, but we also have so much more!

Go Beyond the Kitchen to Pursue Your Passion

Located in the picturesque Hudson River Valley with close proximity to New York City and other exciting Northeast destinations, our New York campus is centrally located for both educational enrichment and fun. With 1.6 million new food industry jobs expected in the next decade, there’s a world of opportunity for people who love food—and not just chef careers! 

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Think BIG 

Whatever you dream of becoming—executive chef, restaurant or bakery owner, food entrepreneur, or food writer—the CIA will help you get there. From celebrity chefs like Cat Cora to CEOs like Steve Ells of Chipotle, our alumni go on to achieve greatness. Don’t delay your dream; apply today!

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You Can Do This—Invest in Your Future at the CIA

We’re committed to making an education from the CIA as affordable as possible for you. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, including need-based grants and merit scholarships. Can't wait to get started? With three entry dates each year and personalized, one-on-one admissions support, you can begin classes as soon as you’re ready.

Learn from the best in the business—150+ expert faculty with real-world industry success.

At the CIA, we provide the education to prepare you to succeed in areas as diverse as food policy, television, research, owning/operating a restaurant, and crafting unique pastry products.

With students from more than 45 countries, we’re a diverse community that fosters creativity.

Hang out at The Egg, a popular student dining venue, marketplace, and lounge that also includes a student-created pop-up concept.



acres to explore

internships around the world

Our residential New York campus is ideal for living and learning, offering you a truly unique, fun, and immersive college experience.

Learn by doing. In our programs, you’ll learn in on-campus public-service restaurants, as well as choose from 2,000+ CIA-approved internship sites.