Yellow Ribbon Program School
Culinary Institute of America


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General Information845-452-9600
TypePrivate not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards OfferedOne but less than two years certificate, Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree
Campus SettingSuburb, Large
Campus HousingYes
Student Population 2,990 (2,956 undergraduate)
Student-to-Faculty Ratio18 to 1


Discovering a New Purpose at Culinary Institute of America

You’ve served your country to make a difference, to be part of something greater than yourself. You may be surprised to learn that people who are called to work in the professional kitchen often have a similar sense of higher purpose. 
So as you consider your options for transitioning into a fulfilling civilian career, one where you wake up every day with the desire to perform better than you did yesterday, you may discover that the food world is the perfect fit. The qualities and values that have served you well in the military—like passion, drive, organization, and commitment to executing at the highest level—are also at the heart of a rewarding life in food and hospitality. 

Mission Statement

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has been serving military veterans since its founding in 1946 with the mission of transitioning returning World War II service members into culinary careers. Today, the private, not-for-profit college is proud to continue that tradition, enrolling veteran students at its main campus in New York and branch campuses in California and Texas. With a shared commitment to mastery, discipline, and teamwork between the CIA and the armed services, veterans feel right at home here.

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the CIA offers food- and hospitality-focused degree programs that include up to 1,300+ hours of hands-on learning in our professional kitchens, bakeshops, and award-winning public restaurants, as well as an internship at one of 2,000+ CIA-approved properties. Students can also customize their education to fit their career goals through academic concentrations and study abroad.
CIA graduates are uniquely prepared with the skills, knowledge, and professional connections they need to take on leadership roles in every segment of the industry, including restaurants, research, education, hospitality, food policy, beverages, and media. Our graduates benefit from membership in a powerful 50,000+ alumni network and lifelong career services from the college.
Veteran students at the CIA receive support and resources from application all the way to graduation. GI Bill benefits and the Yellow Ribbon program can cover up to 100% of CIA tuition. Students are encouraged to submit their Certificate of Eligibility to the college as early as possible in the admission process.
Special Learning Opportunities Religious Affiliation
Study abroad Not applicable
Student Services Undergraduates registered as students with disabilities
Remedial service
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted  
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement credits
Faculty and Graduate Assistants Full-timePart-time
Total Faculty 14543
Instructional 14543
Research and Public Service 00
Total Graduate Assistants -28
Instructional -28
Research and Public Service -0