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Bachelor’s Degrees in Culinary Arts

588 Yearly Graduations
$28,700 Median Salary
$38,939 Median Debt
There are 40 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 42% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.9% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

In 2019-2020, 588 bachelor's degrees were awarded to culinary arts majors. This earns it the #18 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in culinary arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 7,563
Associate Degree 7,304
Basic Certificate 6,431
Bachelor’s Degree 588

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $28,700. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $27,500 and the high is $29,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $38,939. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,053 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $29,783.

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The median monthly payment of a culinary arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $404.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. About 63.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 216
Women 372
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 15
Black or African American 86
Hispanic or Latino 117
White 289
International Students 29
Other Races/Ethnicities 52
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There are 40 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
158 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Providence tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 5,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,376 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,148 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 158 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at JWU Providence. About 75% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Universidad del Este

Carolina, Puerto Rico
61 Yearly Graduations
59% Women

The 2nd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Universidad del Este. Each year, around 7,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $2,652 per year. The culinary arts program at Universidad del Este awarded 61 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 59% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
44 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Culinary Institute of America. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,666 per year. The culinary arts program at Culinary Institute of America awarded 44 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 51% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

41 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Denver is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,376 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,148 per year. The culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University - Denver awarded 41 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana
35 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nicholls State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 6,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,922 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,686 per year. The culinary arts program at Nicholls State University awarded 35 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#6

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, New York
27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Delhi comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 3,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 27 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from SUNY Delhi. About 67% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

The Art Institute of San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas
27 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of San Antonio is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of San Antonio awarded 27 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

New England Culinary Institute

Montpelier, Vermont
26 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New England Culinary Institute comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 26 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from New England Culinary Institute. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#9

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
20 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is National Louis University. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,646 per year. The culinary arts program at National Louis University awarded 20 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 13% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi University for Women is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,425 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,425 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 20 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at MUW. About 67% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
18 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of Atlanta. Each year, around 800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 18 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai Atlanta. Around 73% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#12

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
17 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 134,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 17 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at SNHU. Of these students, 80% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College awarded 17 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 59% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
16 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of North Alabama. Roughly 8,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,660 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 16 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at UNA. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#14

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

Paul Smiths, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,160 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,400 per year. The culinary arts program at Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science awarded 16 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#16

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Drexel University. Each year, around 23,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,868 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,234 per year. The culinary arts program at Drexel University awarded 14 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
13 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Washington University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,475 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,822 per year. The culinary arts program at Central Washington University awarded 13 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 14% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

AI Miami International University of Art and Design is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,580 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 11 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at International Fine Arts College. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#18

The Art Institute of Houston

Houston, Texas
11 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Houston comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 11 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Ai Houston. Of these students, 54% were women and 77% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach awarded 11 bachelor's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 55% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 273
Restaurant & Catering Management 169
Culinary Science/Culinology 63
Baking & Pastry Arts 50
Other Culinary Arts 32

Below are some popular majors that are similar to culinary arts that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 185

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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