California Accepted Students Info

  • Information for Students Starting in September, January, or April

    Welcome to the CIA family!

    Join Us for CIA Online Accepted Student Chats

    Join CIA staff and faculty from different departments like Student Finance, Residence Life, Student Affairs, and more! Chat with current CIA students and learn more about college life with a culinary twist.

    Student Life and Residence Halls

    Wednesday, March, 20
    3–4 p.m. PT

    Register Now

    Q&A with Current CIA Students

    Thursday, April 4
    3–4 p.m. PT

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    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Tuesday, April 9
    3–4 p.m. PT

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    Parent Session

    Thursday, April 18
    3–4 p.m. PT

    Register Now
  • Follow these steps to get started:

    Step 1

    Deposit Now

    Let everyone know you’re CIA bound! Pay your deposit on the student portal.

    Step 2

    File Your FAFSA

    Filed your FAFSA yet? Don’t delay, it’s easy. Don’t know which FAFSA to file? Read below.

    Step 3

    Explore the Portal

    CIA Main Menu—your student portal—is your one-stop shop for important information, deadlines, and forms.
  • California Campus FAQs—Got Questions?

    Check our FAQs for California Accepted Students. Remember you can always reach out to the CIA Enrollment Team with any questions at enrollment@culinary.edu or 1-800-CULINARY.

    Check them out now
  • Everything You’d Expect from a Campus Visit—Online!


    Tour a CIA California Campus Residence Hall

    Check out what a typical California campus dorm room is equipped with before you pack to come to campus!


    Guided Tour of Campus

    Get a firsthand look at the CIA’s Napa Valley campus in St. Helena, CA.


    Student Q&A

    Watch as current students share their student life experiences on CIA’s California campus.

    Visit our YouTube playlist for on-demand videos to learn more about CIA’s academics, campus life, financial aid, and more!
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    The CIA federal code is 007304. Every year, students are able to file the newest FAFSA (for the following year) beginning in October.

    Which FAFSA Should I File?

    Entry Date FAFSA Year
    2023–24 2024–25
    April 2024 Yes Yes
    September 2024 Yes
    January 2025 Yes
  • CIA Chefs Present: Lessons From Home


    Knife Safety and Care

    Safety first! Chef Tobias checks in to show you how properly handle and sharpen your knives.


    Knife Types

    Learn the best knife for the job with Chef DelleRose and get a peek at his personal collection.


    Knife Cuts

    Get cutting with Chef Garniero. He walks you through some basic cuts you’ll learn in Culinary Fundamentals.

    Keep Watching!

    Check out additional instructional videos from your future CIA chefs.