Turn Your Passion Into a Dream Career

At The World’s Premier Culinary College

You won’t find a culinary school in the world with the opportunities, connections, and college life you’ll enjoy at The Culinary Institute of America. Food is big business, and it’s at the core of everything you’ll learn in our bachelor’s and associate degree programs.

Our food-focused education model will help you take full advantage of the many career options available in the food business. Top employers look to the CIA when hiring, and when you have your CIA degree in hand, they’ll look to you.


Our Mission

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world’s best professional culinary education. Excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity are the core values that guide our efforts. We teach our students the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in their chosen profession.

The Culinary Institute of America represents the vast diversity of the world embodied in food. The customs associated with food and drink are represented in all cultures worldwide. The college strives to attract students, faculty, and staff that represent a diverse background to enhance the excellence of the experience of our campus. Diversity is a core value included in our mission statement. The CIA actively promotes diversity with respect to ethnic and national origin, race, color, disability, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, age, and sexual orientation. Through continuing efforts, we strive to provide a tolerant, civil, and inclusive environment that celebrates the world’s cultures.

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