The Culinary Institute of America

  • How to Apply: AWBP

    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: AWBP 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.
    Include a check or money order with your paper application.

    4. Ask for a Recommendation.
    One letter of recommendation from a senior administrator or faculty member associated with the program from which you have graduated or will graduate. If you have been out of school for more than five years, you should substitute a letter of recommendation from your current employer. If you have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, the letter must verify your service or management employment as a minimum of 12 months.

    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 have a bachelor's or associate degree in hospitality management, culinary arts management, or a related field; OR have a bachelor's degree in another discipline, along with a minimum of 12 months experience in service or management at an establishment where a professional wine and beverage program is in place.

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