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Basic Certificates in Culinary Arts

5,326 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in culinary arts is offered at 329 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 51% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.4% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 5,326 students earned their basic certificate in culinary arts. This makes it the 13th most popular basic certificate program in the country.

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 Basic Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in culinary arts. About 60.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,092
Women 3,234
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 232
Black or African American 1,022
Hispanic or Latino 1,190
White 2,311
International Students 126
Other Races/Ethnicities 445
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There are 329 colleges that offer a basic certificate in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Institute of Culinary Education

New York, New York
331 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for culinary arts students seekinga basic certificate is Institute of Culinary Education. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 331 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from Institute of Culinary Education. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

292 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Institute of Culinary Education - Los Angeles. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 292 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from Institute of Culinary Education - Los Angeles. About 48% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
266 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Valencia College. Roughly 45,900 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Valencia College awarded 266 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
169 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Ivy Tech Community College. Each year, around 63,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 169 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from Ivy Tech Community College. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#5

Lee College

Baytown, Texas
94 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Lee College. Roughly 7,400 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 94 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Lee College. About 21% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
91 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 21,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 91 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Wake Technical Community College. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

91 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 4,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 91 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from UA Pulaski Tech. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#8

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
90 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Miami Dade College. Each year, around 46,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 90 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from MDC. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#9

Trident Technical College

Charleston, South Carolina
89 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Trident Technical College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 89 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Trident Technical College. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#10

El Centro College

Dallas, Texas
86 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Centro College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 74,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at El Centro College awarded 86 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 58% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#11

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia
73 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Central Georgia Technical College. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 73 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at CGTC. Around 70% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#11

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
73 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pueblo Community College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 5,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 73 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Pueblo Community College. Of these students, 38% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

St Philip's College

San Antonio, Texas
67 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Philip's College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 12,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at St Philip's College awarded 67 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 84% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

61 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 61 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Boulder. Of these students, 82% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Crescent City Bartending School

New Orleans, Louisiana
60 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Crescent City Bartending School is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Crescent City Bartending School awarded 60 basic certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 57% of this group were women, and 68% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois
58 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Elgin Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 7,800 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 58 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from ECC. Of these students, 50% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

58 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Southern Crescent Technical College. Each year, around 5,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 58 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Southern Crescent Technical College. Around 72% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#16

College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois
58 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of Lake County is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 58 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from College of Lake County. Of these students, 43% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

56 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their basic certificate is West Georgia Technical College. Each year, around 6,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 56 people received their basic certificate in culinary arts from West Georgia Technical College. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#20

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
54 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Piedmont Community College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 54 basic certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Central Piedmont Community College. Of these students, 81% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Culinary Arts Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 1,901
Baking & Pastry Arts 1,105
General Cooking & Culinary Arts 822
Food Preparation/Kitchen Assistant 648
Restaurant & Catering Management 531

Below are some popular majors that are similar to culinary arts that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Cosmetology 48,917
Funeral & Mortuary Science 211
192
Other Personal & Culinary Services 6

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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