The Culinary Institute of America: Narrative Description

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1946 Campus Dr.
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Tel: (845)452-9600
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 150-acre small town campus. Endowment: $43.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $38,061 per student. Total enrollment: 2,409. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,473 applied, 70% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 2,409 students, 36% women, 64% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 25 other countries, 76% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 21% 25 or older, 70% live on campus. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: personal/miscellaneous services. Core. Calendar: semesters plus 18 or 21 week externship program. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, distance learning, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at The Associated Colleges of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview, an Affidavit of Support. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Preference given to candidates with 6 months of prior food service experience.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $25,305 includes full-time tuition ($18,620), mandatory fees ($175), and college room and board ($6510). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all; 10% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Epicures of Wine, Baker's Club, Food Art Club, Oye Me, Gourmet Society. Major annual events: Halloween Party, Chili Cook-off, Summer Cook-Out. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,534 college housing spaces available; 1,416 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Conrad N. Hilton Library with 69,000 books, 282 microform titles, 300 serials, 4,195 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $557,310. 154 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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