Academy of Culinary Arts

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Culinary In-Person Visits

Open House:

Saturday, March 26, 2022: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Weekday Visit:

Friday, February 25, 2022: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Learn about the admissions process, meet current students, faculty, and more.


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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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Culinary Arts Admissions

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.

Current Student Services

Information and items of interest for students of the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Academy of Culinary Arts Campus

See photos of our 13,000-square-foot Academy, our Fairman Centre, and our Living-Learning Center.

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Support Our Students


IUP Punxsutawney’s Academy of Culinary Arts Receives $1-Million State Grant to Construct New Educational Facility

Sen. Joe Pittman and Rep. Brian Smith announced Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its Academy of Culinary Arts received a $1-million state grant for a major Jefferson County project to replace a 32-year-old learning facility and improve the educational offerings of IUP Punxsutawney’s acclaimed Culinary Arts program.

Culinary Alumna Vargo Making Her Dreams Happen

IUP Academy of Culinary Arts graduates are going places, and some are even going in a food truck! Kala Vargo, a 2019 Culinary Arts alumna, has always dreamed of running her own business and operating a food truck. That dream became a reality in the form of a vintage mobile bar, named Magnolia.

Baking and Pastry Student Receives First Ever Michael Hanni Memorial Scholarship

The Michael Hanni Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of 2013 Culinary alumnus, Michael Hanni.

2021 Ricupero Scholarship Recipients

The Ricupero scholarship recipients for the 2021 academic year are Sean Lynn from Aston, Pa., and Silas Gesser, from Gettysburg, Pa.