Jan 28, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate 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 www.singaporetech.edu.sg.

Student Handbook

Students at the U.S. campuses will want to review their Student Handbook, a guide to campus life. This handy guide explains CIA rules and covers services and activities. The handbook can be accessed via the pulldown menu from the home page  of this catalog.

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. Information about the housing application is included in the registration packet sent to students following their admission to the college. All new and returning students must complete the on-campus housing request form located on CIA Main Menu (the CIA student portal). 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 and equipped with a provided MicroFridge® (microwave/refrigerator combination unit).

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 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. Rooms are also equipped with a provided MicroFridge® (microwave/refrigerator combination unit). 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 www.ciachef.edu/ca-off-campus-housing 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 provides confidential personal counseling services for currently enrolled students, free of charge. A full-time licensed therapist and a part-time licensed therapist are available for individual counseling and crisis intervention. Off-campus referrals can also be provided for specialized psychiatric services as needed.

Counseling services are focused on providing support for a student’s success. It is natural for a student to struggle with personal or emotional challenges, and to seek support to cope effectively and grow in self-awareness. Some examples of concerns that students bring to counseling are: adjustment to college, relationship conflicts, loss of a loved one or relationship, stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and substance-related issues. Our counseling services can assist students in improving skills in such areas as stress management, problem-solving, relaxation techniques, assertive communication, healthy coping, and cognitive-behavioral change.

Therapists abide by federal and California State laws and professional ethics to ensure a student’s personal information is protected. Counseling appointments are not part of a student’s academic record.

To schedule a counseling appointment or a consultation, students can call 707-967-2443. Students experiencing a mental health crisis after hours should contact Napa County 24-Hour Crisis Center at 707-253-4711 or proceed to the St. Helena Hospital emergency room for a psychiatric 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. Students may also call The Center for Health Care Services at 210-223-7233; 24-hour Crisis Care Helpline: 1-800-316-9241.

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. Students are strongly urged to obtain health insurance applicable at the campus location of attendance.

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 referred to a local medical facility for treatment.

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. The Office of Student Activities and the Student Recreation Center sponsor 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 and the CIA tennis team won the conference championship in 2016 and 2017.

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 more than 85,000 print volumes, 1,200 DVDs and streamig videos, 200 periodical subscriptions, and more than 60 research databases containing over 22,000 e-journals and e-magazines. 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. Reference librarians are available to help with research in person as well as by phone, text, e-mail, and online chat. Furthermore, the library presents a variety of course-specific information literacy workshops to teach students the most effective ways to conduct research and access library resources.

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, test-taking, and time management strategies.

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 Kitchen. Students may borrow books from the Greystone collection through our checkout binder located on the computer kiosk next to the door. As a general rule, books need to be returned within two weeks.

Students may also borrow materials from the St. Helena Public Library, which has an outstanding collection of wine books. Students who wish to utilize the public library in St. Helena are welcome to sign up for a library card either online or in person; there are no fees. The St. Helena Public Library is located 1.2 miles from the CIA at Greystone and is accessible by walking or by public transit.

In addition, students are granted access to the collection of databases and online resources provided through the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the New York campus simply by signing in with their student account information. Students may also request items from the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the New York campus. Books are shipped and arrive within a couple of days. The Greystone library staff will ship them back to the main campus for students.

The Margie Schubert Library is also home to the Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons, whose staff provide tutoring services to all students as well as testing accommodations and disability services to those students who qualify for these 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 6,400 cataloged books, as well as computer workstations that allow access to the electronic resources available through libraries at all CIA campuses. Students may also request materials from the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the New York campus.

The library is also home to the Career Services Office and Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons, which provides tutoring services, testing accommodations, and disability services.

CIA Singapore

Students at the CIA Singapore have access to the state-of-the-art,11-story Temasek Polytechnic Library with its more than 250,000 texts, 25,000 online journals and periodicals, and more than 100 personal computers for student use. The Temasek Library also offers individual study rooms as well as group study spaces equipped with computers, LED projectors, LCD TVs, and whiteboards. Users can connect their notebooks to free-access LAN points and to the wireless Internet, which is available on every floor of the library. Students may also utilize the culinary, business, and other academic databases which that are available to students at all CIA campuses.

Friendly staff members in the Temasek Polytechnic Library are available to assist students with research and help them use the library’s facilities and resources more effectively. In addition to 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 finding information in a wide variety of library resources, searching the web more effectively, and evaluating the information found. Librarians at the Conrad N. Hilton Library at the CIA in New York are also available to provide research assistance via e-mail or web conferencing.

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 Disability Services function of the Learning Strategies Center is dedicated to ensuring that disabled students have equal access to all programs and curricula. Additional information and forms can be found on the student portal (CIA Main Menu) by selecting Academic Services and Support, and then Library Learning Commons.

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 responsibility of students to initiate a request for services and remain involved as committed learners who have taken charge of their own needs. Due to confidentiality laws governing institutions of higher education, students must disclose their disability with the Office of Disabilities to request accommodations from each instructor and/or other staff members and departments on campus. Students with disabling conditions who desire accommodations for a class, quiz, midterm, or final exam must request the accommodations with the Office of Disabilities for every instance. 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 www.ciachef.edu/consumer-information.

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.

CIA Cares

CIA Cares is a formal, proactive feedback system that allows faculty to communicate both a student’s talents and need for academic intervention. When a student is identified via a CIA Cares notification by an instructor, members of the student’s success team immediately engage with the student to create a support structure for continued success. Examples of this include the opportunity to receive guidance from an industry leader, work one-on-one with professional or student tutors, and attend workshops focused on building strong academic foundations.

CIA Mentor Program

Coordinated by the college’s Center for Career & Academic Advising, the CIA Mentor Program is a voluntary program designed for the benefit of students who want to enhance their educational experience to the fullest. It provides students with additional guidance and structure as they pursue their career goals.

In this program, enrolled students have an opportunity to connect with a mentor—an experienced CIA graduate or industry leader with strong ties to specific segments of the hospitality field. 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 the student 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.

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 Services (ITS) 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 Culinary Institute of America operates a family of unique award-winning restaurants staffed by students and faculty in the CIA academic programs. The college also runs The Restaurant at CIA Copia in Napa, CA. All Culinary Institute of America restaurants and stores serve both the campus community and the public.

For menus, hours of operation, and more information about The CIA Restaurant Group, visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com.

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 and The Top Table in Singapore. In all circumstances, the student must be dining with any guests for whom this discount will apply. This discount does not apply to special offers, events, or Special Dining Events programs unless otherwise advised.

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.

The Tavern at American Bounty is a casual section of the restaurant where diners can enjoy tavern fare and specialty beers from the Brewery at the CIA. No reservations are necessary for The Tavern experience.

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 bakery café offers both a dine-in area and a grab and go takeout area.  No reservations are necessary for the Apple Pie Bakery 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. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley.

A casual section in the Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, the Al Forno Trattoria serves up wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes. No reservations are necessary for the Al Forno Trattoria experience.

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 ciachef.bncollege.com.

California Campus

Gatehouse Restaurant

In the Gatehouse Restaurant, advanced CIA students transform the freshest regional ingredients such as those from the CIA’s own farm and herb gardens into creative contemporary dishes served graciously in a refined yet casual dining room. The experience is orchestrated by faculty-led CIA students in a restaurant classroom, making for a truly unique and memorable dining event.

The Restaurant at CIA Copia

The Restaurant at CIA Copia offers an uncommon experience.The curated selection of wines, beer, and craft cocktails elevate the flavors of each dish. Its sleek and comfortable atmosphere is perfect for a celebratory evening or a go-to hangout with friends. Patrons can have a drink at the bar or grab a couch in the lounge. Whether you are dining inside, or outside in the Olive Grove, enjoy California Mediterranean cuisine.

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.

Texas Campus


It’s all about fire and heat at the CIA’s restaurant at the Pearl Brewery. During dinner, the open kitchen makes it easy for diners to experience the drama created by cooking with live fire. The contemporary menu offers creatively reimagined dishes and a highly curated beverage program.

CIA Singapore

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.

Special Events

Our two California locations and our Hyde Park location are magnificent special event locations that offer a variety of dramatic venues for all types of conferences, social gatherings, and corporate events.

On-Campus Employment

Various departments at the CIA hire student workers for employment. Students who are interested in working on campus (either through the Federal Work-Study program or not) must submit an employment application through the student job board. Instructions are available on the Student Employment page of CIA Main Menu. Campus employment is not guaranteed.

To participate in on-campus employment, students must complete a registration process that includes completing a W-4 and an I-9 form. The I-9 form, required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, establishes eligibility to work in the United States, and requires students to present original documentation to verify their eligibility. Students at the New York campus must visit the Student Employment Office to complete their registration after they have applied online. Students at the California and Texas campuses should visit the Administration Office for assistance with their registration.

Once students complete the registration process begin working, they should speak with their supervisor to ensure proper payment, including use and location of time clocks.

Direct deposit is available to student employees. Students who choose to sign up for direct deposit must provide bank information such as routing and account numbers. For students who opt not to participate in direct deposit, their paychecks will be delivered to their campus mailbox (New York students) or the Administration Office (California and Texas students).

For further information, call:
845-451-1364 (New York)
707-967-2340 (California)
210-554-6401 (Texas)

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. See Contacts  to contact Center staff by phone or e-mail.

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.

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 49,000 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 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 www.ciaalumninetwork.com. 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 alumni@culinary.edu, or to visit www.ciaalumninetwork.com. Connect with us on Facebook at CIAAlumniNetwork.


The CIA Advancement 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.

For more information, please contact us at 845-905-4275 or advancement@culinary.edu, or visit www.ciagiving.org.