The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America


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.


Application Statistics

  • Number of undergraduate applications received:1045

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate:

  • 94

Free tuition for foreign students

Scholarship for foreigners?

Application process

Let’s Get Started!

Applying to the CIA is easy through our online portal. The application is designed to help us get to know you and your areas of interest. Just follow these steps to get started:

  • Create your CIA account and complete your application or use the Common Application.
  • Answer some short questions or submit a statement on why you wish to attend the CIA.
  • Sign, date, and submit your application along with the $50 application fee.
  • Ask for a recommendation from a former teacher or employer, and include that recommendation with your application.
  • Contact your high school or previous college and request that they send your official transcripts to the CIA Admissions Office.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Learn more about specific steps in the application process:

Application timeline

View all

Add Application Timeline

Standardized Test Requirements

  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 80 with at least a 20 in each band
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.0
  • CAE Advanced: Minimum score of 180 with a score of at least 175 in each section
  • PTE: Minimum score of 53

SAT Percentiles

Sat scores

Cost of attendance

Tuition*$14,690 (semester)
General Fee+$740

Application Fee


Provides sim card to foreign students

Provides guidance to foreign students for housing


Applied Food StudiesCulinary Science
Food Business ManagementHospitality Management
Culinary ArtsBaking and Pastry Arts
Wine and Beverage StudiesAccelerated Culinary Arts Program


  • Stephen Sobierajski published a new announcement
    The Culinary Institute of America is currently on tour through several cities in Asia! Our next stop is Shanghai, followed by Chengdu! Some see us and learn more about CIA!

Find Colleges

University admins