The Culinary Institute of America is looking for candidates who can demonstrate academic competence and who have some professional food preparation experience. The college has a selective admissions process that evaluates each candidate individually. The basic requirements are as follows:
- A high school diploma or GED credential. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement.
- Recommendations—you'll need one or more, depending on which program you're applying for.
- Assessment tests—if you are accepted and enroll at the CIA, you may be required to take placement tests to determine your first classes, so you can begin your studies confident that your education will meet your needs. * Please note: All degree applicants to our Greystone programs must take math and writing assessment tests through COMPASS™ or provide alternative test/course scores.
Six months of hands-on food preparation experience in a professional kitchen or bakery working with fresh ingredients, for at least 10–15 hours a week.
Please note that you do not need this experience to apply for admission—the requirement must be met before you enter the CIA.
If you attend a high school or college culinary program, your experience there many fulfill this requirement.
There are many ways you can satisfy our foodservice experience requirement.
Check out our step-by-step application instructions on our full site to see what you'll need to apply for each of our programs. If you have questions, just e-mail or call our Admissions Office and we'll get you an answer ASAP—email@example.com or 1-800-CULINARY.