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2021 Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

111 Colleges
$21,025 Avg Salary
$12,998 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate School for You

In 2018-2019, 26,643 culinary arts students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #9 most popular in the country.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 111 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs offered the best educational experiences for trade school students.

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2021 Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Colleges.

Top 15% Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#1

Arizona Culinary Institute

Scottsdale, AZ

Our 2021 rankings named Arizona Culinary Institute the best school in the United States for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Arizona Culinary Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Scottsdale.

Culinary Arts majors at Arizona Culinary Institute take out an average of $8,049 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Culinary Institute of America is a great place for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. The Culinary Institute of America is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hyde Park.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at The Culinary Institute of America take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $10,703. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $130.

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Out of the 111 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Boulder, AESCA - Boulder is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts majors at AESCA - Boulder accumulate an average of around $10,011 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend San Diego Culinary Institute. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. San Diego Culinary Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of La Mesa.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at San Diego Culinary Institute take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $7,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best culinary arts schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Austin, Escoffier - Austin is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts graduates from Escoffier - Austin carry an average student debtload of $9,570. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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#6

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Lincoln Technical Institute-Shelton ranked #7 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Shelton, Lincoln Culinary Institute is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts graduates from Lincoln Culinary Institute carry an average student debtload of $17,151. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $195, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Southwest Tech is a small public school located in the rural area of Fennimore.

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#9

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts majors at Kirkwood Community College accumulate an average of around $13,651 in student debt.

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With a ranking of #10, University of Hawaii Maui College did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the small city of Kahului, UH Maui College is a public college with a small student population.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. FVTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

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#12

Pioneer Pacific College

Wilsonville, OR

Pioneer Pacific College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Pioneer Pacific College is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Wilsonville.

Culinary Arts majors at Pioneer Pacific College take out an average of $8,828 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Des Moines Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for culinary arts students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Ankeny, DMACC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Kapiolani Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for culinary arts students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Honolulu, Kapiolani CC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Kansas City Kansas Community College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Kansas City, Kansas City Kansas Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Culinary Arts majors at Kansas City Kansas Community College take out an average of $4,316 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Johnson & Wales University - Providence Providence, RI
18 YTI Career Institute-York York, PA
19 International Air and Hospitality Academy Vancouver, WA
20 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
21 Valencia College Orlando, FL
22 Culinary Institute Inc Houston, TX

Culinary Arts by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 3 majors within the trade school area of study, culinary arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Culinary Arts Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 12,205
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4,964
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 4,765
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,802
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 1,210
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 734
Bartending/Bartender 289
Culinary Science/Culinology 225
Institutional Food Workers 193
Wine Steward/Sommelier 112
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 98
Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter 46

Related Major Annual Graduates
Cosmetology 103,674
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,965
Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Army Europe Images.

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