Culinary Arts is a department in the College of Health and Human Services at IUP. The program was first offered in 1989. All programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation. The Academy of Culinary Arts offers students a comprehensive culinary education with an instructional cost substantially less than other nationally recognized culinary programs.
Here are some highlights of the academy:
Is coursework in a culinary arts vocational program required for admission?
No. Approximately 50 percent of our students come from career/vocational school programs and 50 percent come from traditional academic programs.
Is work experience required?
No, although some experience in the hospitality industry is helpful. A love of cooking is required.
Does IUP offer an associate degree in Culinary Arts?
No. We are able to offer more food-based instruction in fewer hours in the certificate program. If a student prefers a degree program, we suggest considering our Culinary/BS degree options. Our industry partners strongly prefer a bachelor’s degree (vs. an associate’s) for culinary graduates interested in pursuing management positions at their properties.
What are the academic requirements?
The majority of students admitted have high school GPAs ranging from 2.4 to 4.0+. We consider all aspects of the student’s application, and we may require an interview and/or shadow day if we need additional information to assess the student’s ability to successfully complete the culinary arts program.
What SAT or ACT score is required?
We do not require SAT or ACT. We encourage students to submit official scores, though, as some of our culinary scholarships do have a SAT/ACT requirement.
What campus is the culinary program located on?
All culinary majors begin their studies on the IUP Punxsutawney campus. Students will study for three semesters (fall, spring, and summer) in Punxsutawney. Students continuing on for the BS degree programs will complete their studies on the Indiana campus.
How do my students apply to the culinary arts programs?
All students who are interested in majoring in culinary arts should apply directly to the Academy through Culinary Arts Admissions. Online and paper applications are available. Applicants will receive an admissions decision within two weeks after all admissions requirements and supporting documentation have been received.
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