2022 Best Culinary Arts Schools

224 Colleges in the United States
21,906 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded
$23,822 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in culinary arts is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #80 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 224 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Culinary Arts Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 21,906 degrees in culinary arts to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Culinary Arts School

Best Culinary Arts Schools The culinary arts program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Culinary Arts rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for culinary arts schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Culinary Arts Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Culinary Arts Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Culinary Arts in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the culinary arts degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Culinary Arts

#1

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

Boston University is a great choice for students pursuing a degree in culinary arts. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Schools rank of #67 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

There were roughly 18 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the culinary arts major at Boston University get $19,278 more than the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
543 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in culinary arts has to look into Culinary Institute of America. Located in the large suburb of Hyde Park, The Culinary Institute of America is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 543 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at The Culinary Institute of America in the most recent year we have data available. Those culinary arts students who get their degree from Culinary Institute of America earn $14,628 more than the average culinary arts student.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI
64 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Madison Area Technical College is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in culinary arts. Located in the city of Madison, Madison College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #380 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Madison College is a great college overall.

There were about 64 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Madison College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
252 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Valencia College is a good decision for students pursuing a degree in culinary arts. Located in the city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #152 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Valencia College is a great college overall.

There were about 252 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Valencia College in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the culinary arts major at Valencia College make $2,378 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Kapiolani CC is a medium-sized public college located in the large city of Honolulu. A Best Schools rank of #601 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Kapiolani CC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 79 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Kapiolani CC in the most recent year we have data available. Those culinary arts students who get their degree from Kapiolani Community College receive $5,478 more than the standard culinary arts student.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
203 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Charlotte, JWU Charlotte is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #414 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means JWU Charlotte is a great university overall.

There were roughly 203 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at JWU Charlotte in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
143 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

JWU North Miami is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of North Miami. A Best Schools rank of #544 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means JWU North Miami is a great university overall.

There were roughly 143 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at JWU North Miami in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #520 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means JCCC is a great college overall.

There were about 42 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at JCCC in the most recent year we have data available. Culinary Arts degree recipients from Johnson County Community College earn a boost of about $10,578 over the typical earnings of culinary arts majors.

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#9

Sullivan University

Louisville, KY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
123 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Sullivan University is a small private for-profit university located in the city of Louisville. This university ranks 16th out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Kentucky.

There were roughly 123 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Sullivan University in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the culinary arts program earn around $24,100 in their early career salary.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Chicago, NLU is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 34th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 68 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at NLU in the most recent year we have data available. Culinary Arts degree recipients from National Louis University receive an earnings boost of about $4,878 over the typical income of culinary arts majors.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Kahului, UH Maui College is a public university with a small student population. This university ranks 8th out of 14 colleges for overall quality in the state of Hawaii.

There were approximately 48 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at UH Maui College in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the culinary arts degree program at University of Hawaii Maui College make $13,778 above the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CO
118 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

JWU Denver is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Denver. This university ranks 12th out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were roughly 118 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at JWU Denver in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #791 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cincinnati State is a great college overall.

There were roughly 68 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Cincinnati State in the most recent year we have data available. Culinary Arts degree recipients from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College receive an earnings boost of approximately $3,878 over the average income of culinary arts graduates.

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#14

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In NY

Located in the suburb of Garden City, Nassau Community College is a public college with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #228 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Nassau Community College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 19 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Nassau Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, HI
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In HI
35 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Pearl City, Leeward CC is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 4th out of 14 colleges for overall quality in the state of Hawaii.

There were about 35 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Leeward CC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
90 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Niagara County Community College is a small public college located in the rural area of Sanborn. This college ranks 127th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 90 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Niagara County Community College in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the culinary arts program make an average of $22,300 in their early career salary.

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#17

Monroe College

Bronx, NY
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
78 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Bronx, Monroe College is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 93rd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 78 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Monroe College in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the culinary arts program report average early career earnings of $19,200.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
66 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Joliet, Joliet Junior College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 30th out of 102 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 66 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Joliet Junior College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$13,000 Median Student Debt

SUNY Delhi is a small public school located in the remote town of Delhi. This school ranks 128th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 30 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at SUNY Delhi in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the culinary arts program state that they receive average early career income of $21,300.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In PA
125 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Indiana, IUP is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 77th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 125 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at IUP in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CT

Located in the large suburb of Manchester, MCC is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 18th out of 32 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 27 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at MCC in the most recent year we have data available.

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#22

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Fort Lauderdale. A Best Schools rank of #646 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 68 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the culinary arts program earn around $24,500 in their early career salary.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In WI

Southwest Tech is a small public college located in the rural area of Fennimore. This college ranks 28th out of 52 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 6 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at Southwest Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In FL
37 Culinary Arts Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #614 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means FSCJ is a great college overall.

There were approximately 37 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at FSCJ in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$18,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #641 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means SNHU is a great university overall.

There were about 17 culinary arts students who graduated with this degree at SNHU in the most recent year we have data available. Those culinary arts students who get their degree from Southern New Hampshire University receive $4,778 more than the average culinary arts graduate.

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Rest of the Top Best Culinary Arts Schools

#26

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Culinary Arts Schools award.

Rank College Location
34 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
35 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
36 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
37 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
38 Pittsburgh Technical College Oakdale, PA
39 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
40 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
41 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
42 SUNY Schenectady County Community College Schenectady, NY
43 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
44 El Centro College Dallas, TX

Culinary Arts by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 3 majors within the Personal & Culinary Services area of study, Culinary Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 10,007
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4,190
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 3,763
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,673
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 932
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 510
Institutional Food Workers 174
Culinary Science/Culinology 158
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 122
Wine Steward/Sommelier 99

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Cosmetology 95,609
Funeral & Mortuary Science 2,058
Other Personal & Culinary Services 280

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Army Europe Images.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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