Dec 06, 2021  
2016–2017 Academic Catalog 
2016–2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Student Life and Services

The Culinary Institute of America strives to provide a quality of life at each of our diverse campuses that helps students grow both personally and professionally.

Except where noted otherwise, the information in this section pertains to the CIA’s three U.S. campuses only. All student services at the CIA Singapore are provided by its partner university, the Singapore Institute of Technology, and more information about these services can be found at

Residence Halls

The CIA offers on-campus housing at its Hyde Park, NY and St. Helena, CA campuses.

New, first-time students are guaranteed assignment to a residence hall provided the college has received their housing application at least 30 days prior to their entry date. The housing application is included in the registration packet sent to students following their admission to the college. Students may either mail in the completed housing application or complete and submit it via the CIA’s website. Please note that there are no on-campus accommodations for married couples. The college reserves the right to close the residence halls and require students to vacate the halls during school vacation periods, including bachelor’s degree program breaks.

New York Campus

The college maintains on-campus residential facilities, providing housing for more than 1,700 students. Four residence halls, six Adirondack-style lodges, and 20 townhouses help meet student demand for housing on campus, and the college’s goal of providing accommodations for all students requesting housing.

Occupancy in all residence halls is primarily double occupancy, and priority for housing choice is generally assigned according to class seniority. On-campus housing is a privilege, and students are expected to adhere to college behavioral standards and be cooperative members of the residential community.

The pricing of campus housing for each semester varies with the type of accommodation, but includes all utilities, cable TV access, laundry facilities, and wireless Internet. There are no large security deposits required. All rooms are furnished with a desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe or closet, and bed for each student. Rooms are also air-conditioned.

Additional amenities in the residence halls include common lounges, free laundry facilities, computer rooms with equipment and Internet access provided, and kitchen facilities for student use. Trained full-time professionals and part-time paraprofessionals reside in each residence hall, and provide supervision, guidance, and activities for residential students.

California Campus

The CIA at Greystone maintains residential facilities that provide housing for approximately 130 students, both on campus in the Guest House, and at the Vineyard Lodge Housing Center. Vineyard Lodge II, one of two residence halls at the Center, holds LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, offering students the chance to live in—and learn from living in—an environmentally conscious facility.

If on-campus housing becomes fully occupied, the CIA may provide off-campus alternatives as a way to meet the housing demands for students. These properties may range from rental houses to executive apartments located at various locations throughout the Napa Valley. Because these properties would be controlled by the CIA, all residence hall rates would be charged to a student’s account, eliminating the need for students to contract independently with leasing agents.

Occupancy in the residence halls include single-, double-, triple-, or quadruple-occupancy rooms with private or shared bath. Residential housing is a privilege, and students are expected to adhere to college behavioral standards and be cooperative members of the residential community.

The pricing of campus housing for each semester varies with the type of accommodation, but includes all utilities (including air conditioning), cable TV access, and wireless Internet connections. Amenities also include card-operated laundry and a common area with televisions and game equipment. There are no security deposits required. All rooms are furnished with a desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe or closet, and bed for each student. Students are expected to provide their own bedding, sheets, and bath linens. All residence halls are non-smoking facilities.

Additional amenities include a fitness room in Vineyard Lodge II, kitchens for student use in both lodges, and an outdoor patio with grilling area at the Vineyard Lodge Housing Center. Resident assistants reside in all three housing facilities to provide supervision, guidance, and activities for residential students. Full-time security is provided by the Office of Safety and Security.

Off-campus housing is available in the communities of St. Helena, Angwin, Calistoga, and Napa, and can range from $3,100 per month for a furnished, one-bedroom apartment in St. Helena to $950 per month for a studio apartment in Napa. Availability of rental housing is very limited due to the rural campus location.

Students interested in off-campus housing should visit the college’s website at for a listing of current rentals. The CIA offers this listing only as an information service to incoming students and therefore cannot be responsible for rental conditions or negotiations with landlords.

Personal Counseling and Mental Health Resources

Personal difficulties and emotional stress can affect a student’s quality of life and ability to succeed. Speaking with a trained, objective professional can increase self-awareness and help students build better coping strategies.

Students who are already under the care of a psychiatrist and/or therapist may want to transfer their care to local resources in order to have appropriate support during their time at the CIA. Services vary depending on the campus the student is attending, as follows:

New York Campus

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office provides confidential personal counseling to CIA students at the Hyde Park campus free of charge. Services include individual counseling or “talk therapy,” crisis intervention, support, and educational programs. The office also provides referrals to specialized services off campus, including psychiatry.

The CAPS Office is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) and staffed by licensed therapists who can assist students with personal, social, emotional, and substance-related concerns. Examples of concerns students bring to counseling are adjusting to college, relationship matters, lack of confidence, stress, anxiety, and depression.

The mission of the CAPS Office is to help students succeed at the CIA. They know the fast pace of student schedules and offer solution-focused interventions—such as cognitive-behavioral therapy—that can be beneficial.

Therapists abide by federal and New York State laws and professional ethics to ensure students’ personal information is protected. CAPS visits are not part of a student’s academic record.

Telephone consultations, to plan for a student’s support needs, are available for students and parents prior to arriving on campus. Call 845-905-4241 to schedule a consultation.

California Campus

The CIA at Greystone has a full-time, licensed therapist who can assist students with personal difficulties and provide referrals to more comprehensive resources, such as psychiatric care, off campus. Therapy on campus is provided free of charge to currently enrolled students. Students should call 707-967-2443 and leave a confidential voicemail message with their name, a phone number where they can be reached, and preferred days and times for an appointment. A therapist is on campus Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. when the college is in session.

Students who are experiencing a mental health crisis should contact Napa County Mental Health at 707-253-4711, 24 hours a day. In case of an emergency, students may also proceed to the emergency room at St. Helena Hospital for an evaluation.

Texas Campus

CIA San Antonio students should check with their insurance provider for a list of therapists and/or psychiatrists in Bexar County who accept their insurance.

Students who are experiencing a mental health crisis should contact Bexar County Mental Health, which can be reached at 210-207-2581, 24 hours a day.

Health Services


The CIA does not provide students with health insurance. The college carries secondary student accident insurance for each student, which will provide coverage for accidents only.

Personal Health Resources

Students with insurance should check with their insurance provider for a list of physicians or care providers in the area where they will be attending the CIA who accept the insurance. Students who need medical insurance can go to the online Health Insurance Marketplace in their permanent state of residence to get coverage.

Student Health Services

New York Campus

The CIA provides the services of a registered nurse for illness, injuries, vaccinations, and health education at the Hyde Park campus from 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. on weekdays when classes are in session. After hours, the Nurse Response Assistance line is available from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays, and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays, days with no classes, and some holidays. A physician assistant is available twice weekly at a nominal fee. The cost of prescriptions, off-campus doctors, urgent care or emergency room visits, and hospitalization is the student’s responsibility.

California Campus

The CIA at Greystone does not provide on-campus medical services. Care is provided through off-campus practitioners; referrals can be provided upon request. In emergency situations, students should contact the Office of Safety and Security. Injured students are reviewed by the Office of Safety and Security and then given first aid or transported to JobCare at St. Helena Hospital, which is located at 10 Woodland Hill (approximately five minutes from campus).

Texas Campus

The CIA, San Antonio does not provide on-campus medical services. Care is provided through off-campus practitioners. The director of education can assist with local referrals to primary care facilities, some of which are within walking distance of the college.

Student Organizations

There are several student-run organizations on all three U.S. campuses, many that feature activities and co-curricular programs designed by students. Meeting schedules and activities vary. Students should stop by or call the Student Recreation Center (New York campus) or refer to their campus’s page on CIA Main Menu (student web portal) for more information.

Student Government Association

New York Campus

All students at the Hyde Park campus in good standing are members of the Student Government Association. The Association is governed by an Executive Board elected by the student body. Biweekly Student Government Association meetings are held.

California Campus

All students at the California campus are represented by elected group leaders as a form of student government. Group leaders are volunteers chosen by each cohort of students to hold positions of leadership within the student body. Group leaders meet each month with key members of campus administration to share student comments about campus life for discussion and resolution. Students are encouraged to communicate with their group leader about these important meetings.

Student Activities, Recreation, and Athletics

New York Campus

At the CIA, there is plenty to do outside of the classroom. Students can enjoy nearby Catskill and Berkshire ski areas, local golf courses, parks, and New York City museums and theaters. In addition, the Office of Student Activities, housed in the Recreation Center, sponsors a variety of entertainment and leisure activities. These include dances, comedy nights, films, special seasonal events, cooking competitions, and outdoor excursions such as hiking, ziplining, and whitewater rafting.

Located behind Rosenthal Hall overlooking the Hudson River, the Student Recreation Center (SRC), located in the Student Commons, includes a gymnasium with two official-size basketball or volleyball courts, a 1⁄11-mile running track, two racquetball courts, a group exercise room, a free-weight room, a fitness center, a new cardio fitness room, student and faculty/staff locker rooms, saunas, Student Government Association and campus newspaper offices, a six-lane swimming pool, a banquet kitchen, and lounges. CIA students can join intramural leagues or competitions in basketball, tennis, softball, flag football, racquetball, dodgeball, floor hockey, and volleyball.

To help students stay in shape throughout the year, the SRC sponsors free fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, spinning, and Zumba®. A variety of Student Activities programs, fitness classes, and recreational and competitive sports activities are available to students seven days a week. Please consult our Student Activities/Recreation brochures and CIA Main Menu for program dates and registration deadlines.

The CIA currently sponsors coed intercollegiate athletic teams in soccer, cross-country, tennis, basketball, and volleyball. All CIA intercollegiate teams compete within the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which is comprised of colleges between and including New York City and Albany, NY. The CIA soccer team captured the men’s regular season title from 2007–2009 and again in 2014; the women’s cross country team took first place in 2010, 2011, and 2012; and the women’s volleyball team won the championship in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2012 and 2015.

California Campus

The CIA at Greystone is located in the heart of the Napa Valley and is convenient to cities, mountains, and the ocean. Students are close to the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which is alive with culinary explorations, museums, concert venues, and professional sports teams. The California campus is also within driving distance to both the Sonoma Coast beaches of the Pacific and the outdoor playground of the Sierras, host to world-class skiing and any number of outdoor activities. More locally, the Napa Valley has world-class restaurants, artisan producers, seasonal farmers’ markets, and festivals to enjoy. There is also plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking, and enjoying Northern California wine country after school hours.

The Student Programming Board (SPICE) sponsors several activities each year on campus for students who want to unwind outside of class. Residence Life hosts a variety of programs for all enrolled students to participate in, and numerous activities are available to students year round to support our community of wellness. Student activities are developed by and for students. For more information, please check the calendar on CIA Main Menu.


New York Campus

The Conrad N. Hilton Library at the Hyde Park, NY campus houses a collection of 86,000 print volumes, 3,500 videos, 215 periodical subscriptions, and more than 60 subject-specific research databases. While there is a strong specialization in the culinary field, the collection also includes a generous selection of liberal arts materials that support the college’s ever-expanding educational programs. Additionally, the library is the site of the CIA’s archives and special collections of historical menus and rare books. Library staff members are available to help with research in person as well as by phone, text, e-mail, and online chat.

The Library Learning Commons, located within the library building, includes a variety of workspaces equipped with technology to support a diverse range of learning activities. Students have many opportunities to practice and enhance their academic and hands-on skills, as well as develop study strategies necessary for success.

California Campus

The Margie Schubert Library on the CIA at Greystone campus is located on the third floor of the main building adjacent to the teaching kitchens. Students may also borrow materials from the St. Helena Public Library, which has an outstanding collection of wine books, and from the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the New York campus. Students at Greystone have access to all the electronic resources available at all CIA campus libraries as well.

In addition, the library is home to the Learning Strategies Center, which provides tutoring services, testing accommodations, and disability services.

Texas Campus

The CIA San Antonio’s 2,338-square-foot campus library, located on the third floor, includes a collection of more than 6,100 cataloged books, as well as computer workstations that allow access to the electronic resources available through libraries at all CIA campuses.

The library is also home to the Learning Strategies Center, which provides tutoring services, testing accommodations, and disability services.

Singapore Campus

Students at the CIA Singapore have access to the state-of-the-art Temasek Polytechnic Library. The library is 11 stories tall and has more than 250,000 texts, 25,000 online journals and periodicals, and more than 100 personal computers for students’ use. Students can also access the electronic resources available from all CIA campus libraries.

In addition, it has individual study rooms as well as project rooms equipped with computers, LED projectors, and whiteboards. Users may also connect their notebooks to free-access LAN points. There is also wireless Internet access on every floor in the library building.

Friendly staff members are available to assist students with research or help them use the library’s facilities and resources more effectively. In addition to offering individual assistance, the library also offers group training in basic library skills via live workshops and online tutorials. These user education programs teach research skills such as how to find information in journal and newspaper articles, how to search the web more effectively, and how to evaluate the information found.

Learning Strategies Center and Library Learning Commons

The Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons is the hub of academic support on campus. Services offered through the Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons support all phases of the learning process:

  • Reference librarians provide assistance with research on class assignments and other scholarly endeavors.
  • Tutors offer one-on-one sessions and lead workshops covering some of the most challenging class material.
  • An area is set aside as a knife skills and piping practice area with peer tutors standing by to offer guidance as needed.
  • A testing area provides a comfortable, quiet space for students who require accommodation or need to take a make-up test.

Assistance with academic areas may take the form of peer tutoring, supplemental practice materials, content workshops, and study strategies. The LSC/LLC also assists students with basic skills such as knife cuts, piping, and produce identification.


Tutoring services are open to all CIA students. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the tutoring center offers a number of workshops designed to support students in some of the more challenging classes. Online tutoring is available for students out on externship.

Disability Services

The Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons also houses Disability Services. We believe that students with disabling conditions improve the diversity and vitality of our student body. As such, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Office for Disability Services is dedicated to ensuring that disabled students have equal access to all programs and curricula.

The LSC/LLC will assist qualified students in attaining reasonable accommodations and support services. Our disability support specialists are available to discuss students’ specific needs in the classroom, kitchen, and residence hall. Reasonable accommodations may include readers, note-takers, priority seating, enlargement of notes, tape recording a lecture, books on CD, interpreters, testing accommodations, assistance with lifting, priority registration, or residence hall accommodations. Accommodations depend on the student’s documentation and specific functional limitations. After reviewing the documentation and interviewing the student, a disability support specialist will determine and recommend appropriate accommodations for each student’s course of study.

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for services and remain involved as a committed learner who has taken charge of his or her own needs. Due to confidentiality laws governing institutions of higher education, students must disclose their disability and request accommodations from each instructor and/or other staff members and departments on campus. Students with disabling conditions need to request accommodations for every class, quiz, midterm, or final exam as well as for the costing practical exam. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students should notify instructors of their disability and need for accommodations during the first week of class.

Learn more about facilities and services for students with disabilities at

Course Substitutions and Waivers

There are no course waivers granted on the basis of disability at the CIA. Additionally, the CIA does not modify course content or requirements.

The Faculty, Alumni, and Externship Host Mentor Programs

The LSC/LLC coordinates the Faculty, Alumni, and Externship Host Mentor Programs. In the Faculty and Alumni Mentor Programs, enrolled students have an opportunity to be paired with either a faculty member on campus or an experienced CIA graduate. The programs provide students with additional guidance and structure as they pursue their career. The mentor acts as a role model to demonstrate the positive results of pride, professionalism, and hard work, and can help a student determine which area of the industry he or she is best suited for or most interested in pursuing. Mentors can also help introduce students to the wide network of CIA alumni and other professionals in the field.

To provide students with support while they are on their externships, the CIA has an Externship Host Mentor Program. The mentor is a CIA graduate located in the city a student chooses to go to for his or her externship. The role of this mentor is to help the student know where to find appropriate housing; introduce him or her to area restaurateurs, purveyors, manufacturers, and farmers; and share information about offerings such as sports and the arts. The program will give students an opportunity to use their time on externship for continued learning and to begin to establish their own professional network.

The Faculty, Alumni, and Externship Host Mentor Programs are voluntary programs designed for the benefit of students who want to enhance their educational experience to the fullest. To learn more, please contact the LSC/LLC.

CIA Cares

CIA Cares is a formal, proactive feedback system that allows faculty to communicate their concerns about a student’s academic success at the earliest possible date. It is a strategic method of outreach to positively respond to red flags or alerts so that individualized intervention can be made to students in need.

Technology on Campus for Students

Students are provided with account information to access the various online resources that are available at the college. From CIA Main Menu, students can find school announcements, scheduled club activities, student services departmental pages, and e-mail. Personal data such as class schedules, grades, and financial aid, student account, and residence life information are also available through CIA Main Menu. The CIA-issued e-mail account and access to CIA Main Menu are provided at the time of admittance into an entry date. For more information on campus-specific technology resources, current students should refer to the Information Technology (IT) Services page under Campus Resources on CIA Main Menu.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Peer-to-peer file sharing is not allowed and is blocked on the CIA network using bandwidth-shaping technology. Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137), illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may be subject to criminal and civil penalties. The CIA is legally obligated to assist authorities in identifying individuals who violate copyright law pertaining to peer-to-peer file sharing. It is also in violation of school policy to use technology designed to circumvent the blocking of this activity.

Student Dining

Student dining at The Culinary Institute of America is much more than a typical college meal plan. It’s an important part of the campus culture at the CIA, fostering community and teamwork by preparing and sharing meals together. Most important, student dining is a vital part of a CIA education, both for those students preparing the meals and those partaking in them. The college’s unique dining program is driven by the curriculum and provides the campus population with a vast array of menu options each class day.

By taking advantage of their instructional day meals (see Meals—Board  for more information), students educate their palates and expand their exposure to a variety of cuisines, foods, ingredients, and cooking methods. Enjoying student-prepared meals also serves to support the efforts of classmates in achieving their educational goals. Through the dining program, students learn valuable real-world skills such as preparing mise en place, building speed and timing in the kitchen, and plating for service.

Dietary Restrictions

Understanding that some students may have medical restrictions—including food allergies and sensitivities—that affect their diet, the college’s Learning Strategies Center staff is available to assist in addressing these limitations as they apply to the technical requirements of the curriculum. Students must provide medical documentation of their dietary restriction to LSC staff. For information about reasonable accommodations for class assignments, product handling, and/or student dining options as related to medical dietary restrictions, please contact the LSC.

The Egg

Located within the Student Commons at the New York campus, The Egg is the CIA student dining facility. It also serves as a classroom for the Non-Commercial Foodservice and High-Volume Production course, and home to the “pop-up” restaurant conceived of and operated by students in the Intrapreneurship concentration of the bachelor’s degree program in management. The Brewery at the CIA, in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery, is also located within The Egg and serves as the hands-on lab for the Art and Science of Brewing course in the bachelor’s degree program.  

In addition to student dining and its role in the curricula, The Egg serves as a gathering place with many amenities for our students’ enjoyment and comfort. The facility is also open to staff and visitors to the campus.

Restaurants and Campus Stores

The college operates a family of unique award-winning restaurants staffed by students and faculty in the CIA academic programs as well as campus stores and other facilities that serve both the CIA campus community and the public.

For menus, hours of operation, and more information about The CIA Restaurant Group, visit

New York Campus

American Bounty Restaurant

With a focus on the seasons and products of the Hudson Valley, contemporary and traditional regional dishes are brought to life at the American Bounty Restaurant in an honest and flavorful way. Rounded out with a first-class American wine list and comfortable, warm service, this casually elegant restaurant sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Apple Pie Bakery Café

Featuring baked goods and café cuisine in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, the café offers everything from savory items to fresh artisan breads and from elegant pastries to luxurious confections that tempt the palate. An assortment of cold and hot beverages completes the café experience.

The Bocuse Restaurant

Sleek and strikingly contemporary, this French restaurant is named for the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse. The Bocuse Restaurant re-imagines the execution of classic French cuisine through the lens of ultra-modern cooking techniques, brings a new style of casual yet sophisticated service, and offers a breathtaking architectural interior design. With an exceptional French wine list and innovative cocktail program, The Bocuse Restaurant is a unique and exciting world-class dining experience.

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici

Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden. Enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Student Discounts

All CIA students receive a 10% discount at all CIA restaurants at all times, with the exception of The Egg on the New York campus. In all circumstances, the student must be dining with any guests for whom this discount will apply. This discount does not apply to special events or Special Dining Events programs unless otherwise advised.

Invitation from the President

Each student will receive an invitation from the president to dine with a guest in one of the public restaurants. These invitations are not transferable and not replaceable. To help prevent misplaced or lost invitations, students are encouraged to use them towards the beginning of their educational stay. The invitation may be used on Monday through Thursday, excluding the month of October and the night before graduation.

Craig Claiborne Bookstore

Located on the first floor of Roth Hall, the Craig Claiborne Bookstore offers a wide selection of culinary and non-culinary titles. It also sells a selection of professional cooking and baking equipment, school supplies, health and beauty aids, replacement uniforms, gourmet food, and gift and novelty items from sweatshirts and t-shirts to glassware and souvenirs. Most items in stock are available by mail order. Call 845-452-7648 or visit

California Campus

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley, the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant presents an innovative menu inspired by the produce and livestock cultivated and harvested from the CIA’s own farms and the fields and farms in the Valley. The California wine list, noted for its depth, enhances the dining experience while the bucolic backdrop and spectacular vineyard views set the stage for a rich and satisfying dining experience.

The Bakery Café by illy

Located on the main floor of the Greystone building, The Bakery Café by illy offers guests the opportunity to experience coffee and cuisine from two industry leaders—illycaffè and the CIA. Customers can choose from a variety of sumptuous sandwiches, soups, salads, breads, pastries, desserts, and coffee drinks.

The Spice Islands Campus Store and Marketplace

The campus store and marketplace is located on the first floor of the main building. The Marketplace offers a list of more than 1,300 titles, as well as a selection of professional cooking and baking equipment, school supplies, health and beauty aids, gourmet food and ingredients, and a wide range of gift items. Student discounts are offered on uniforms as well as other merchandise.

Student Discounts

CIA students at the St. Helena, CA campus are entitled to a 25% discount at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant and The Bakery Café by illy. They also receive a 25% discount on most items in the Spice Islands Marketplace.

Special Events

The California campus is also a magnificent special events location. Its centerpiece building (the former Christian Brothers Winery) is a historic landmark with grand cathedral ceilings, massive hand-cut stone walls, and hand-selected antiques. The building offers a variety of dramatic venues, from the Atrium to the Vintners Hall of Fame. Greystone’s team of culinary professionals designs a menu unique for the event while maintaining traditions of the regional agriculture. Wines are then selected to perfectly complement the flavors.

Texas Campus

Nao: Latin Gastro Bar

Imagination is key to the exploration of Latin American cuisine and beverages at Nao Latin Gastro Bar. Every day is a culinary adventure and an opportunity to share a meal, a story, and the company of good friends.

Singapore Campus

The Top Table

The Top Table restaurant serves as a training ground for students in both contemporary and formal cuisine and service. The contemporary menu is casually elegant—a combination of local ingredients with western flair—and is paired with friendly, professional service. The formal menu features cuisine based in classical techniques with an emphasis on innovative and modernist methods of cooking, and a service model that includes gueridon service and white-tablecloth elegance.

On-Campus Employment

Various departments hire student workers for employment. Students who are interested in working on campus must submit an employment application, which is available on CIA Main Menu, the student portal. Click on Student Services, then Student Employment; the job board link is located at the bottom right of the page.

Campus employment is not guaranteed. To participate in on-campus employment, students must register at the Student Employment Office. This registration process includes completing W-4 and I-9 forms. The I-9 form, required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, establishes eligibility to work in the United States and requires that students present original documentation to verify that eligibility. CIA students are limited to 20 hours of on-campus employment per week while they are active full-time students at the college.

Once students start a job, they should talk with their supervisor about the procedures to follow to ensure proper payment, including use and location of time clocks.

Student employees have the option to sign up for direct deposit; this option is available at the time of registering with Student Employment. At that time, students must provide bank information, such as routing and account numbers. For information about setting up direct deposit, students should contact the CIA Payroll Office. Students who opt not to participate in direct deposit will have their paychecks delivered to their campus mailbox (NY) or the Administration Office (CA and TX). Students at the New York campus who do not have a mailbox on campus should see the Payroll Office.

For further information, contact Student Employment at 845-451-1364 or

Center for Career and Academic Advising

Employing a comprehensive, holistic, and personalized approach, the CIA Center for Career and Academic Advising helps students evaluate their many potential academic and career options. The Center’s staff serves CIA students in the exploration of life goals, vocational and long-term career goals, and selection of academic programs, as well as the selection and scheduling of courses.

Academic Advising Services

The Center for Career and Academic Advising serves as a resource for students as they progress through their education. Committed to supporting students’ individual educational goals and enhancing their learning experiences at the CIA, the Center’s staff provides students with detailed course information and refers them to various support services on campus as needed. They can also help students with:

  • Academic advising for the associate and bachelor’s degree programs,
  • Questions about transferring credits to the CIA,
  • Understanding all of the options and opportunities in the degree programs, and
  • Learning about the financial benefits of Fast Track BPS.

The staff for academic advising is located at the New York campus but serves students from all CIA campuses in the U.S. and can be reached at 845-451-1761 or

Career Services

A CIA education offers students unparalleled career opportunities. The Center for Career and Academic Advising is dedicated to providing CIA students and graduates of its degree and certificate programs with the tools needed to effectively manage their career progression, from foundational experiences through pinnacle positions. Students are assigned an advisor, who will work with them to prepare for their externship and their post-graduate job search. The relationship does not end at graduation—CIA alumni enjoy free, lifelong assistance.


Associate degree students complete an externship during their third semester of study. The externship course is a full-time commitment of 15 consecutive weeks or 600 hours of applied full-time work experience at a single CIA-approved location. Kitchen and academic course work will prepare students to successfully execute their job functions, and the Center for Career and Academic Advising staff will provide students with the tools to successfully conduct a professional job search. Students have several preparation classes with an advisor from the Center. These classes provide instruction on creating a résumé, doing career planning, building interview skills, conducting a job search, and other topics. Students will put these tools to use as they secure their own externship site. Before students are two-thirds of the way through their associate degree program, they have created a résumé, conducted a job search, successfully interviewed, and have been employed in the industry—valuable experiences that will be put to use throughout their careers.

For more information about the externship, please see Externship .

Career Advisement and Resources

Following externship and continuing after graduation, students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Center advisor to reassess career goals, update their résumé, build their professional network, and conduct their post-graduate job search. Students and alumni have access to the college’s web-based job board and career management tool. The Center receives more than 400 job postings each month for a variety of hospitality positions, from employers who specifically want to hire CIA graduates. It also annually publishes Career Guide: Tools for Success, a handbook of career management tools specifically created for CIA students and graduates. Another important resource available to CIA students and graduates exploring culinary career opportunities is Creating Your Culinary Career. Written by the Center’s associate director, the book provides insights and ideas on a variety of careers in the industry and the paths to take to get there.

Career Fair and Recruiting

The Center for Career and Academic Advising hosts three Career Fairs at the New York campus each year and Career Networking Days at the California and San Antonio campuses, allowing students direct access to network and interview with potential employers. In addition to these events, the Center hosts on-campus recruiting visits throughout the year. These visits bring representatives from major hotels, resorts, restaurants, restaurant groups, magazines, companies specializing in research and development, and others, with a wide variety of potential jobs and externships for our students and graduates to the three U.S. campuses.

The Center’s staff strongly encourages early and ongoing involvement with the activities and resources it provides to maximize opportunities for making informed externship and employment decisions. While the college vigorously pursues job placement for graduates, placement is not guaranteed.

Alumni Relations

Since 1946, The Culinary Institute of America has greatly expanded its programs both within the college and with our alumni constituency, with a clearly defined purpose: to create and maintain the premier college for culinary education. In the process, the CIA alumni network has grown to more than 48,000 professionals working in all areas of the foodservice, beverage, and hospitality industries throughout the U.S. and the world.

As part of the CIA Advancement and Business Development Division, the Office of Alumni Relations was established to fully integrate CIA alumni into regional and national programs that benefit their professional growth and provide support for the college, both academically and financially. CIA alumni are involved in virtually every area of college advancement, including recruitment, admissions, student mentoring, career placement, fundraising, regional receptions, and other special CIA presentations.

The CIA welcomes graduates as members of the CIA Alumni Network and its online community, located at The college offers alumni lifelong access to career placement assistance, continuing education programs, instructional and training videos and DVDs, and publications including the alumni magazine, mise en place®, to keep alumni updated on colleagues and new programs, activities, and industry advancement. Upon graduation, new alumni are issued an alumni pin, as well as an ID card that qualifies them for discounts in CIA restaurants; on certain continuing education courses and conferences, CIA-produced instructional media, and alumni merchandise; and in the Spice Islands Campus Store and Marketplace at the CIA’s California campus. Annual homecoming and regional alumni receptions held throughout the country bring graduates together to build camaraderie and provide an outlet for social and business networking.

The Office of Alumni Relations staff encourages alumni and students to reach out at 845-451-1401 or, or to visit Connect with us on Facebook at CIAAlumniNetwork.

Advancement and Business Development

The CIA Advancement and Business Development Division encompasses areas of development including alumni relations, industry and community partners, individual and planned giving, annual giving, gift-in-kind, government and foundation relations, special events, and donor relations and stewardship. The division is committed to developing and deepening relationships to strengthen pride, inspire participation, and increase financial support among stakeholders of the CIA, including alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, fellows, friends, corporations, foundations, and government entities. Through this division, the CIA is pioneering new research, international programs, and other initiatives in the critical areas of professional excellence and innovation, health and wellness, world cuisines and culture, and sustainability and food ethics.

For more information, please contact us at 845-905-4275 or, or visit