The Academy of Culinary Arts is a department in the College of Health and Human Services at IUP. Our first program was first offered in 1989. 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:
No. Approximately 50 percent of our students come from career/vocational school programs and 50 percent come from traditional academic programs.
No, although some experience in the hospitality industry is helpful. A love of cooking is required.
The majority of students admitted have high school GPAs ranging from 2.5 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.
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.
Culinary and baking majors begin their studies on the IUP Punxsutawney campus. Students study for three semesters (fall, spring, and summer) in Punxsutawney, and complete the certificate with an externship (industry experience) semester off-campus. After completing the externship, students choosing the Culinary Associate Degree option will complete 12 credits of liberal arts studies on the Punxsutawney campus or take online classes. Those continuing on for
the BS degree programs will complete their studies on the Indiana campus.
All students who are interested in majoring in culinary arts or baking and pastry apply directly through Culinary 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.