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2022 Best Value Culinary Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

23 Colleges
$17,736 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$23,822 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Culinary Arts Bachelor's Degree 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Best Value Culinary Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 23 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value bachelor's degree programs for culinary arts students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2022 Best Value Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for culinary arts majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 10 Best Culinary Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our 2022 rankings named Southern New Hampshire University the best value school in the United States for culinary arts students. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SNHU are $9,650 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, SNHU also did well on our Best Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Henry Ford College

Dearborn, MI
$6,940 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Henry Ford College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Dearborn, Henry Ford College is a public college with a large student population.

Henry Ford College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,940 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY
$12,410 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at SUNY Delhi helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best culinary arts schools in the United States. SUNY Delhi is a small public school located in the town of Delhi.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SUNY Delhi are $12,410 a year.

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Universidad del Este

Carolina, PR
$5,820 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Universidad del Este helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best culinary arts schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Carolina, UNE is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

UNE undergraduate students pay an average of $5,820 in tuition and fees each year.

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#5

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA
$9,039 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 23 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Nicholls State University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Thibodaux, Nicholls State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Nicholls State University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,039 in tuition and fees each year.

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National Louis University landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value culinary arts programs. Located in the city of Chicago, NLU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

NLU undergraduate students pay an average of $14,169 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, NLU also is in the top 15% of our Best Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools ranking.

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$22,210 Average Tuition & Fees

New England Culinary Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for culinary arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the distant town of Montpelier, New England Culinary Institute is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

New England Culinary Institute undergraduate students pay an average of $22,210 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Baker College

Owosso, MI
$10,160 Average Tuition & Fees

Baker College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Owosso, Baker College is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Baker College are $10,160 a year.

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$23,550 Average Tuition & Fees

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for culinary arts students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College undergraduate students pay an average of $23,550 in tuition and fees each year.

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$34,650 Average Tuition & Fees

Culinary Institute of America came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Culinary Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. The Culinary Institute of America is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hyde Park.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at The Culinary Institute of America are $34,650 per year.

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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 23 schools only.

  • 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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