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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 and 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

Outstanding Faculty

  • All faculty members are ACF-certified culinary educators. (There are only 560 educators in the U.S. with this certification.)
  • All faculty members are ACF-certified in their areas of expertise.
  • We are known for the extensive industry experience of our faculty.
  • Many faculty members are award-winning culinary competitors.

14:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

  • Small class sizes
  • One-on-one relationships with faculty
  • Dedication to student-centered practices
  • 100 percent job placement

Alumni Job Line and Referral Service Especially for Culinary Students

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Culinary Arts programs?

All students who are interested in majoring in Culinary Arts (including those interested in the Culinary/B.S. degree options) should apply directly to the Academy of Culinary Arts through the Culinary Arts admissions office. 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.

What are the admissions requirements?

Application; $40 application fee; high school transcript (and post-secondary transcripts if applicable); SAT/ACT preferred but not required. If we need additional information to assess your ability to successfully complete the Culinary Arts program, we may request an interview, essay, and/or entrance exam.

What are the academic requirements?

High school grade-point averages of 2.4 and above are preferred. This program requires good study skills along with a love of food and cooking. Culinary Arts at IUP is an accelerated curriculum covering as much material in twelve months as many comparable programs cover in two years.

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 preferred. A love of cooking is required. We suggest that you schedule a day in class with us or spend a day shadowing a chef in a restaurant if you have not worked in a commercial kitchen before.

Are SAT or ACT scores required?

We do not require SAT or ACT. However we encourage applicants to take the SAT or ACT. Some culinary scholarships require SAT/ACT scores.

What is the Culinary Academy’s job placement rate?

We have placed 100 percent of our students in the industry for over ten years; approximately 85 percent of the class elects to accept an externship position in a four- or five-diamond property; externship positions frequently develop into permanent positions. Our faculty members assist students throughout the program with career research and goal development, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and selection of an externship site. Culinary graduates also have the academy's Alumni Job Placement Service and Job Line to assist them in searching for employment opportunities throughout their culinary careers.

On which campus is the culinary program offered?

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 their studies with a B.S. degree program will complete their studies on the Indiana campus.

How many students are enrolled in Culinary Arts?

We enroll one hundred students each Fall for Culinary Arts and a maximum of thirty second-year students for Baking and Pastry Arts. All classes begin in the Fall semester.

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. The culinary program will earn you up to 42 credits towards a bachelor degree in Hospitality Management, Nutrition or Dietetics at IUP. Our industry partners strongly prefer a bachelor’s degree, as opposed to an associate degree, for culinary graduates interested in pursuing management positions at their properties.

  • 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.