If you are applying to CIA, the application fee is $50.
Here's an overiew of some of CIA's admissions stats.
|CIA 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.3|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||23%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||7%|
These are the application deadlines for The Culinary Institute of America.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
CIA does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
For more information on transferring to The Culinary Institute of America, contact the school directly.
CIA has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.
Wondering what factors are considered by CIA during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with CIA for more information on admission factors.
Check with CIA's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
Students admitted to CIA have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
CIA considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
CIA has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 23% of CIA's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other CIA applicants, you should strive to earn between 930 and 1195 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CIA 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1195 and 25% of scored lower than 930, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CIA students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 485 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CIA students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 485 or higher.
To be most competitive at CIA, you should strive to earn between 17 and 26 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CIA's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.
A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CIA students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.
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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:
• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES
Do I have to submit test scores to CIA?
❌ No, CIA is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at CIA?
❌ CIA does not offer early decision.
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26 and Above
17 to 26
17 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At CIA, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.26. 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.
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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