All degree students participate in an orientation. Individual sessions are geared to help students understand the policies and procedures of the CIA, as well as all the educational resources to help students become a successful student. During this time current students serving in the role of Orientation Leaders will be available to assist new students with their transition to the CIA. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to become familiar with their culinary kitchen or baking and pastry bakeshop and the beginnings of their curriculum. For more information on how to become an Orientation Leader, contact The Assistant Director for Student Life in the Student Recreation Center at 845-451-1408. 

In addition, all new students are required to complete two online programs within the first two weeks of their arrival on campus. These programs concentrate on two topics: alcohol abuse education and prevention, as well as sexual assault education and prevention. Students are informed of this requirement on the first day of the orientation program. The goal is 100% compliance with this requirement and a passing grade of 70%.

Certificate program students participate in a one-day, intensive orientation to the CIA campus, student services, policies, and procedures.