If you want to apply to CIA, the application fee costs $50.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.
|CIA 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.1|
|Admissions Test Policy||Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||44%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||11%|
The Culinary Institute of America does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
It is moderately difficult to get into CIA. CIA evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, CIA **accepted .
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CIA, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Double check with CIA's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
Students admitted to CIA have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At The Culinary Institute of America, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||9.12%|
|3.50 and 3.74||10.1%|
|3.25 and 3.49||17.59%|
|3.00 and 3.24||17.59%|
|2.50 and 2.9||19.54%|
|2.00 and 2.49||16.61%|
CIA does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
CIA is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 44% of CIA's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other CIA applicants, you should strive to earn between 970 and 1190 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CIA 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1190 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CIA students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CIA students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.
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To be most competitive at CIA, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CIA's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.
A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CIA students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.
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Transfer students can enroll in CIA during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to CIA?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to CIA.
Does CIA accept transfer credits?
CIA accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CIA accepts:
Do I have to submit test scores to CIA?
No, CIA is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At CIA, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.08. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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