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Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts is recognized nationwide for its high quality.

Our small class sizes, with world-class chef instructors, provide an hourly amount of hands-on production time unparalleled by any other culinary program, and our externship placement is among the best in the United States. Whether you aim to win a Food Network show—as graduate Lindsay McClain '07 did on Chopped— or work at a four- or five-star property, as many of our alumni do, IUP ACA starts you on your way to an exciting, creative career in the food industry.

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Find information on visiting, applying, cost and value, and more; read our alumni success stories. If you love to cook or bake, the IUP ACA nationally recognized culinary arts programs are for you.

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The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. Accreditation by ACFEFAC assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services. ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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News

Havens and Flint Recipients of Linda Drummond Deabenderfer Scholarship

This year's recipients of the Linda Drummond Deabenderfer Scholarship are Cameron Havens and Debra Flint. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use towards their educational expenses.

IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Programs Receive Exemplary Standing Status by Accrediting Commission

All four programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts have received “exemplary standing” status by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. This is the highest accreditation standard offered by the Commission.

Tony and Emma Ricupero-Rustic Lodge Scholarship Recipients Selected

Two students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts, Madison Macchia and Samantha Swidowski, have been selected as the 2023 recipients of the Tony and Emma Ricupero-Rustic Lodge Scholarship.

Swidowski and Macchia 2023 Ricupero Scholarship Winners

Second-year culinary students Samantha Swidowski and Madison Macchia were selected as award recipients for the Ricupero Scholarship.

Timeline Advanced for IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Long-Range Plan

Completion of the demolition phase of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts long-range building plan is targeted for August 2025, four months sooner than originally expected, according to a new timeline from the Department of General Services.