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Culinary Institute of America Data & Information Overview

117 awards Ranking Badges
98% Acceptance Rate
6% Student Loan Default Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Culinary Institute of America, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is Culinary Institute of America Ranked?

Personal & Culinary Services Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Culinary Institute of America was awarded 117 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is personal & culinary services.

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Overall Quality

The Culinary Institute of America was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

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Is It Hard to Get Into The Culinary Institute of America?

98% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 98%, The Culinary Institute of America has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

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Culinary Institute of America Faculty

20 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Culinary Institute of America, the student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Culinary Institute of America is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Culinary Institute of America

64% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Culinary Institute of America is 64%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  64 out of 100

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Culinary Institute of America Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,102 Full-Time Undergraduates
37.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
48.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,102 full-time undergraduates at The Culinary Institute of America.

How Much Does Culinary Institute of America Cost?

$27,894 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
$46,212 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of The Culinary Institute of America is $27,894. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for The Culinary Institute of America

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$23,444 $23,166 $27,817 $30,120 $33,055

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of The Culinary Institute of America, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At The Culinary Institute of America, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $11,553 a year. That adds up to $46,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at The Culinary Institute of America is 5.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do The Culinary Institute of America Graduates Make?

$48,424 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from The Culinary Institute of America make about $48,424 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future The Culinary Institute of America graduates since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Culinary Institute of America

New York State
3,102 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Hyde Park, New York, Culinary Institute of America is a private not-for-profit institution. The Culinary Institute of America is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for The Culinary Institute of America are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-452-9600

Culinary Institute of America Majors

3 Majors With Completions
1,012 Undergraduate Degrees
44 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 3 majors graduated from Culinary Institute of America. Of these students, 1,012 received undergraduate degrees and 44 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Hospitality Management 239 $39,886
Culinary Arts 69 $45,756
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 39 $22,210

Learn more about the majors offered at Culinary Institute of America along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at The Culinary Institute of America

63% Take At Least One Class Online
9% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 1,859 students took at least one online class at Culinary Institute of America. This is a decrease from the 2,646 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,859 259
2019-2020 2,646 376
2018-2019 65 0
2017-2018 22 0
2016-2017 0 0

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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