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CIA Admissions

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 Admissions Stats at a Glance

CIA 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 44%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
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Applying Early to CIA?

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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into The Culinary Institute of America

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.

What Does CIA Look For in an Applicant?

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.

Admissions Factors at CIA

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

CIA 2021-2022 Application Requirements

Double check with CIA's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CIA?

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.

What's a Good SAT Score for CIA?

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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What's a Good ACT Score for CIA?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to The Culinary Institute of America

Transfer students can enroll in CIA during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

CIA Admissions FAQs

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:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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..

Want To Learn More About CIA?

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CIA Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

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CIA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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CIA ACT Scores

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ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above

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18 to 24

Avg

18 and Less

Low

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CIA SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

970 - 1190

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Math SAT Range

470 - 590

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Reading SAT Range

490 - 600

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CIA GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.08

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

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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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,231

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

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Tuition and Fees

In State

$33,690

Out-of-State

$33,690

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