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The Culinary Institute of America is one of the world's most respected culinary colleges. The Culinary has more than 37,000 graduates, and has more certified master chefs on its faculty than any other culinary school.

Founded in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, the College eventually outgrew its original facilities, and relocated to its present Hyde Park, New York location in 1972. The college presently enrolls about 2,400 students in its programs, and boasts a student to faculty ratio of 18:1.

The Institute's extensive facilities include 41 kitchens and bake shops There are five student-run restaurants serving a mix from casual food to white tablecloth dining. In these restaurants, students have the opportunity to prepare food in the 'back of the house' or to serve it in the 'front of the house'.

Courses of Study

Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts Management

The Culinary Arts Management program offers the opportunity for the student to learn kitchen skills as he or she develops the leadership and critical thinking abilities that can lead to a successful career. During the 38 month program, students gain hands-on experience in the school's on-campus restaurants, participate in a paid externship, and participate in a food and wine seminar in California.

Degree candidates learn to prepare a variety of cuisines, from Europe to Asia to the Americas. They learn basic baking and pastry skills, along with nutrition and food safety. They also develop business skills, with courses in marketing, management, and finance. Finally, they get a sense of the world around them, with courses in languages, history and culture.

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Bachelor degree in Baking & Pastry Arts Management

Students in the Baking & Pastry Arts Management degree program have the opportunity to develop the creative skills used by professional bakers, the practical food-preparation skills used by any culinarian, and the leadership and business skills needed for a profitable baking and pastry business.

Students will become familiar with the principles, ingredients, and equipment used in the bakeshop, then gain hands-on experience preparing breads, pastries, confections, and desserts. They will also learn management principles specific to the culinary industry, including costing, purchasing, and restaurant law, and in general, including computers, marketing, and finance. A paid externship and seminar provide additional learning opportunities.

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Associate degree in Culinary Arts

The 21 month Associate degree program provides an education that prepares graduates for positions in the food service and hospitality industries. The first year of the program provides an introduction to culinary skills and proficiencies, including breakfast and lunch preparation, meat and seafood fabrication, and Garde Manger. Following an externship experience, students spend much of their second year working in several of the school's five restaurants, both in the kitchen, and in the dining room. They are also exposed to banquet and catering operations.

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Associate degree in Baking & Pastry Arts

Develop your skills in the preparation of breads, cakes, desserts, and baked goods with the Culinary's 21 month Associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts program. Students get hands-on experience working in the Institute's Apple Pie Bakery Cafe, in addition to time spent in the school's kitchens learning to produce cookies, production pastries, chocolates and confections, rolls, and more.

Courses in menu development, purchasing, cost control and mathematics, plus an 18 week paid externship round out the student's education.

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Admissions and Financial Aid

The Culinary Institute offers a variety of options to qualified students to assist in paying for tuition and fees, including scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. 92% of full time students receive financial aid. To learn more about the admissions process, qualifying for financial aid, and tuition and fees, complete the information request form.

The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538