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Bachelor’s Degrees in Culinary Arts

433 Yearly Graduations
$30,833 Median Salary
$33,317 Median Debt
There are 43 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 43% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.5% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 433 students earned their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. This earns it the #19 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 7,225
Associate Degree 6,800
Basic Certificate 5,326
Bachelor’s Degree 433

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $30,833. 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. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $28,105 to a high of $34,229.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $33,317. 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, $42,077 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $27,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $399.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. About 60.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 172
Women 261
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 60
Hispanic or Latino 91
White 207
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 30
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There are 43 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
107 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
27% 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 $35,750 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,706 per year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 107 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from JWU Providence. About 70% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
69 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute of America comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,510 per year. The culinary arts program at Culinary Institute of America awarded 69 bachelor's degrees during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#3

Universidad del Este

Carolina, Puerto Rico
46 Yearly Graduations
63% Women

Universidad del Este is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. 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. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 46 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at UNE. About 63% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana
42 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nicholls State University comes in at #4 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 42 bachelor's degrees during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#5

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Delhi is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree 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 2020-2021 academic year, 16 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from SUNY Delhi. About 63% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi
15 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Mississippi University for Women. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,656 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,656 per year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 15 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from MUW. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

12 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,114 per year. The culinary arts program at Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science awarded 12 bachelor's degrees during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#8

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 11 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#8

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 11 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Ai Virginia Beach. Around 73% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#8

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Woman's University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 16,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,112 per year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 11 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at TWU. Of these students, 55% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
10 Yearly Graduations
30% Women

National Louis University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. 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. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 10 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at NLU.

#12

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 23,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,766 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,234 per year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 9 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Drexel. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#12

The Art Institute of San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas
9 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of San Antonio. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at The Art Institute of San Antonio awarded 9 bachelor's degrees during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#14

The Art Institute of Houston

Houston, Texas
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Houston comes in at #14 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. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 7 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai Houston. Around 86% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#14

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Atlanta is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 7 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Ai Atlanta. Of these students, 57% were women and 71% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

SUNY Cobleskill

Cobleskill, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is SUNY Cobleskill. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 5 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from SUNY Cobleskill.

#16

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Roosevelt University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 4,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,493 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,275 per year. The culinary arts program at Roosevelt University awarded 5 bachelor's degrees during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#16

The Art Institute of Dallas

Dallas, Texas
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of Dallas. Each year, around 400 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. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 5 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Dallas. About 60% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 5,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,074 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,351 per year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 4 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at ENMU - Main Campus. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Barranquitas comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 1,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,560 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $2,580 per year. The culinary arts program at Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Barranquitas awarded 4 bachelor's degrees during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 172
Restaurant & Catering Management 98
Culinary Science/Culinology 94
Baking & Pastry Arts 42
Other Culinary Arts 23

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 211

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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