The Culinary Institute of America

  • How to Apply: ACAP

    Application Requirements:

    1. Complete our application form.

    • To apply online:
    • To apply by mail:
      • Print out your application form (PDF).
      • Mail the completed form with essay and application fee to:

      The Culinary Institute of America
      Attn: ACAP Admissions
      1946 Campus Drive
      Hyde Park, NY 12538

    2. Answer the following short essay questions.
    Each response must be a minimum of 100 words.

    A. Please describe an experience when you realized that you had a passion for the foodservice/hospitality industry. It could be a dining, work, or cooking experience, or a proud food/beverage accomplishment.

    B. What are your career plans for the first five years after graduating from CIA? How will your CIA education support these plans?

    C. Please let us know about your work experience, whether in the foodservice industry or another field, your extracurricular activities while in school, and organizations to which you belong. Be sure to include any leadership roles you had in these experiences.

    3. Pay your $50 application fee.
    If applying online, you can pay by credit card. If applying by mail, include a check or money order with your paper application.

    4. Ask for a Recommendation.
    Your recommendation may be from the dean/director of the degree program from which you will be graduating or have graduated; or from another professional who can speak to your interest in, passion for, or talent with the culinary arts.

    5. Request Official Transcript.
    You must submit all previous college transcripts. Download the Transcript Release Form (PDF) and ask any postsecondary schools you've attended to mail your official transcripts (not student copies) directly to the CIA Admissions Department.

    Please note that this program designed for individuals who possess an approved bachelor's degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, food science, nutrition/dietetics, or related fields, and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.

    That's it! You're on your way to enrolling at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. Our Admissions Office will review your application and supporting materials and contact you if anything is missing or any additional paperwork is necessary.