July 3rd, 2018

The Culinary Institute of America Named Best Culinary School in America 2018


Image of The CIA's main building, Roth Hall in Hyde Park, New YorkThe 2018 results are in! Niche released its annual list of the “Best Colleges in America” and the CIA is ranked #1 for Best Colleges for Culinary Arts!

A company that researches and reviews U.S. colleges, schools, and companies, Niche bases its college rankings on a “rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education,” and takes into account “millions of reviews from students and alumni.”

Known for its food-focused curriculum, dedicated team of expert chef-instructors, and powerful global alumni network, the CIA and its degree programs are recognized and respected by industry professionals and employers around the world.

Additional Rankings

Along with the outstanding culinary arts program ranking, the CIA also earned high marks in other categories, including college campus, residence halls, diversity, and, of course, food! Statewide, the CIA was ranked:

  • #1 Best College Food in New York
  • #2 Best College Campuses in New York
  • #9 Best College Dorms in New York
  • #14 Most Diverse College in New York

Student Reviews

Want to hear more about why the CIA stands above the rest? Hear directly from our current students:

“I love the atmosphere, the chefs, and the professors. For the most part, students all get along and work well together to get things done. The staff is friendly and very helpful when anyone needs help. The only thing I would change, is well… nothing really. I am proud to be a student at the CIA.”

“I love being a part of the CIA. There have been plenty of opportunities for me to thrive and learn as much as I can about the culinary industry. My student life experience is continuously getting better, and I have a fantastic time meeting people and connecting with foreign students! The CIA is a major benefactor of diversity, and it definitely shows. This school has always been my dream school, and I could not believe that I actually had the ability to pursue such an incredible education.”

“I attended at the CIA at Greystone campus in the Napa Valley, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It is an incredible feeling being with people who share the same passions and interests as you while being in the center of one of the greatest meccas in the world for that field.”

“I went to The Culinary Institute of American in San Antonio. I loved all of the chef-instructors. They were all extremely knowledgeable and willing to work with any student who may have needed extra help. It’s more than learning about cooking; it is about the culture that goes along with cooking and the different cultures and traditions behind different foods and meals from all over the globe.”

“The post-grad services are excellent. They help with job searching and networking. This school offers it to alumni for as long as they need it. This was the deciding factor for me to attend this school.”

Check out more reviews on Niche, and find out why a CIA degree is the best decision you’ll ever make!