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2022 Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate School for You

With 21,906 degrees and certificates handed out in 2019-2020, culinary arts is the #9 most popular major in the United States.

There are so many trade school programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 177 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best undergraduate certificate programs for trade school students.

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2022 Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the culinary arts undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Trade Schools for an Award Taking 1 to 4 Years in Culinary Arts

#1

Arizona Culinary Institute

Scottsdale, AZ

Our analysis found Arizona Culinary Institute to be the best school for culinary arts students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Arizona Culinary Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Scottsdale.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at Arizona Culinary Institute take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $10,001. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $206.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Madison Area Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, Madison College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at Madison College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $16,233.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Boulder, Escoffier - Boulder is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, culinary arts graduates from Escoffier - Boulder take out $13,930 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $179, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 177 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the distant town of Indiana, IUP is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means New England Culinary Institute is a great place for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the distant town of Montpelier, New England Culinary Institute is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Shelton, Lincoln Tech - Shelton is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Culinary Arts majors at Lincoln Tech - Shelton take out an average of $17,652 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 $95.

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#7

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Located in the midsize city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Waukesha County Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a medium-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 #9 on the list. Located in the suburb of Ankeny, DMACC is a public school with a very large student population.

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#10

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, HI

With a ranking of #10, Leeward Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Pearl City, Leeward CC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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International Air and Hospitality Academy landed the #11 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Located in the city of Vancouver, International Air and Hospitality Academy is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Culinary Arts majors at International Air and Hospitality Academy take out an average of $7,838 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#12

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT

The University of Montana came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. UM is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Missoula.

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Fox Valley Technical 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 #13 on the list. FVTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

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#14

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY

Nassau Community College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Garden City, Nassau Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Kauai Community College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the town of Lihue, Kauai CC is a public college with a small student population.

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#16

El Centro College

Dallas, TX

El Centro College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Dallas, El Centro College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts graduates from El Centro College carry an average student debtload of $19,737.

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#17

Atlantic Technical College

Coconut Creek, FL

Atlantic Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Coconut Creek, Atlantic Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts majors at Atlantic Technical College accumulate an average of around $7,643 in student debt.

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With a ranking of #18, Elgin Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. ECC is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Elgin.

Full Culinary Arts at Elgin Community College Report

#19

Davis Technical College

Kaysville, UT

Davis Technical College landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Davis Tech is a small public school located in the large suburb of Kaysville.

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Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin ranked #20 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Austin, Escoffier - Austin is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts graduates from Escoffier - Austin carry an average student debtload of $11,313. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $185.

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#21

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Western Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Located in the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa Western Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#22

First Coast Technical College

Saint Augustine, FL

First Coast Technical College landed the #22 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. First Coast Technical College is a small public school located in the small suburb of Saint Augustine.

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#23

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

With a ranking of #23, Western Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of La Crosse, Western Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Culinary Arts majors at Western Technical College take out an average of $7,633 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#24

College of Lake County

Grayslake, IL

With a ranking of #24, College of Lake County did quite well on this year’s best schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the large suburb of Grayslake, College of Lake County is a public school with a large student population.

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YTI Career Institute-York ranked #25 on this year’s Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. YTI is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of York.

On average, culinary arts graduates from YTI take out $13,526 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $150, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

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
27 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
28 Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
29 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
30 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
31 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
32 GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
33 Valencia College Orlando, FL
34 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
35 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 4 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 10,007
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4,190
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 3,763
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,673
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 932
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 510
Bartending/Bartender 247
Institutional Food Workers 174
Culinary Science/Culinology 158
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 122
Wine Steward/Sommelier 99
Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter 31

Related Major Annual Graduates
Cosmetology 95,609
Funeral & Mortuary Science 2,058
Other Personal & Culinary Services 280

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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