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Quick Facts for Teachers and Counselors about Culinary Arts

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. In keeping with the university’s goal to provide an extraordinary education at an affordable price, 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:

Multiple Degree and Study Options for Culinary Majors

Comprehehensive Instruction in Culinary Arts

  • Culinary Arts is an accelerated eighteen-month program that provides each student with an excellent educational experience in high-quality educational facilities
  • Curriculum combines hands-on practice with the requisite theory, demonstrations, and development of the work ethics required for success in the hospitality industry
  • Fall and Spring Semesters each include 600 instructional hours: 345 lab class hours, 180 theory hours, 75 portfolio hours
  • Summer semester is 450 instructional hours
  • Externship semester is 600 hours

Second-year Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts Option

  • Baking and Pastry Arts is an accelerated program of instruction for second-year students who desire to become professional baking and pastry apprentices
  • Curriculum is based on learning by combining theory, demonstration, application, and proficiency testing of skills and knowledge
  • Curriculum is intensive, rigorous, and thorough
  • Fall and Spring semesters each include 487.5 instructional hours: 412.5 lab class hours, 75 project hours
  • Summer (externship) semester is 450 hours

Outstanding Faculty

  • All culinary and baking faculty members are ACF certified Culinary Educators
  • All culinary and baking faculty members are ACF certified in their area of expertise
  • We are known for the extensive industry experience of our faculty members
  • Many faculty members are award-winning culinary competitors

14:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

  • Small class sizes
  • Each instructor is personally involved with the success of the students

100 Percent Job Placement

Alumni Job Line and Referral Service Especially for Culinary Students

Frequently Asked Questions

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/B.S. degree options. Our industry partners strongly prefer a bachelor’s degree (vs. an associates) 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 requried?
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 at Punxsutawney campus. Students will study for three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer) in Punxsutawney. Students continuing on for the B.S. 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. On-line and paper applications are available. Applicants will receive an admissions decision within two weeks after all admissions requirements and supporting documentation have been received.

  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.