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2021 Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

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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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 453 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Culinary Arts program at each school on the list.

Check out the culinary arts undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc to be the most popular school for culinary arts students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Located in the small city of Guaynabo, Instituto de Banca is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

About 61% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 39% are male.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at Instituto de Banca take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $4,362. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $36, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Escoffier - Boulder is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Boulder.

About 71% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 29% are male.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts graduates from Escoffier - Boulder carry an average student debt load of $10,011. 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 #3 on this year’s list means Escuela Hotelera de San Juan is a great place for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the large city of Hato Rey, Escuela Hotelera de San Juan is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 414 students majoring in culinary arts at Escuela Hotelera de San Juan, 54% are male and 46% are female.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts majors at Escuela Hotelera de San Juan accumulate an average of around $5,060 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $36, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin is a great place for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Austin, Escoffier - Austin is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

About 45% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 55% are male.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Austin take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $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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#5

Lake Land College

Mattoon, IL

The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Lake Land College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular culinary arts schools in the United States. Lake Land College is a small public school located in the town of Mattoon.

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#6

El Centro College

Dallas, TX

With a ranking of #6, El Centro College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. El Centro College is a large public school located in the large city of Dallas.

Of the 135 students majoring in culinary arts at El Centro College, 27% are male and 73% are female.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at El Centro College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $16,617.

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#7

Hinds Community College

Raymond, MS

Hinds Community College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Raymond, Hinds Community College is a public college with a large student population.

About 66% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 34% are male.

Culinary Arts majors at Hinds Community College take out an average of $11,975 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $121.

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Los Angeles Trade Technical College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Los Angeles Trade Technical College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

About 68% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 32% are male.

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#9

Pioneer Pacific College

Wilsonville, OR

With a ranking of #9, Pioneer Pacific College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Pioneer Pacific College is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Wilsonville.

About 66% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 34% are male.

On average, culinary arts graduates from Pioneer Pacific College take out $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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Florida Technical College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Orlando, Florida Technical College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 94 students majoring in culinary arts at Florida Technical College, 44% are male and 56% are female.

On average, culinary arts graduates from Florida Technical College take out $9,700 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $106, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Arizona Culinary Institute

Scottsdale, AZ

With a ranking of #11, Arizona Culinary Institute did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Arizona Culinary Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

About 45% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 55% are male.

On average, culinary arts graduates from Arizona Culinary Institute take out $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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Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Located in the suburb of Shelton, Lincoln Tech - Shelton is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Women make up 66% of the culinary arts majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at Lincoln Tech - Shelton take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $17,151. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $195, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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ICPR Junior College - Manati ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. ICPR Junior College - Manati is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Manatí.

About 69% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 31% are male.

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Central New Mexico Community College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. CNM is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Albuquerque.

Of the 80 students majoring in culinary arts at CNM, 30% are male and 70% are female.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for culinary arts students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the rural area of Perkinston, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

About 59% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 41% are male.

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#16

Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Oklahoma City, OK

Francis Tuttle Technology Center ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Oklahoma City, Francis Tuttle Technology Center is a public college with a small student population.

Of the 71 students majoring in culinary arts at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 39% are male and 61% are female.

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Dorsey Schools, Roseville Culinary Academy came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Roseville, Dorsey Schools, Roseville Culinary Academy is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

About 51% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 49% are male.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts graduates from Dorsey Schools, Roseville Culinary Academy carry an average student debt load of $12,743. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Michigan Career and Technical Institute ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Michigan Career and Technical Institute is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of Plainwell.

Of the 64 students majoring in culinary arts at Michigan Career and Technical Institute, 70% are male and 30% are female.

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for culinary arts students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the distant town of Indiana, IUP is a public school with a large student population.

Of the 62 students majoring in culinary arts at IUP, 24% are male and 76% are female.

The average amount in student loans that culinary arts majors at IUP take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $15,977. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $163, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #19, Florida Education Institute did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Miami, Florida Education Institute is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

About 66% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 34% are male.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, culinary arts majors at Florida Education Institute accumulate an average of around $7,811 in student debt.

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Cuyahoga Community College District did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for culinary arts students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Cuyahoga Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cleveland.

Of the 61 students majoring in culinary arts at Cuyahoga Community College District, 36% are male and 64% are female.

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SOWELA Technical Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. SOWELA is a small public school located in the city of Lake Charles.

About 50% of the students majoring in culinary arts at the school are women while 50% are male.

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#23

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

With a ranking of #23, Valencia College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for culinary arts students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 72% of the culinary arts majors at the school.

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University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate culinary arts programs. Located in the city of North Little Rock, UA Pulaski Tech is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 70% of the culinary arts majors at the school.

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ICPR Junior College - General Institutional ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Hato Rey, ICPR Junior College - General Institutional is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Women make up 68% of the culinary arts majors at the school.

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#26

Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge, LA
#29

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA
#30

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, HI
#30

Institute of Technology

Clovis, CA
#30

Platt College - North OKC

Oklahoma City, OK
#36

Culinary Institute Inc

Houston, TX
#41

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI
#44

Erie Community College

Buffalo, NY
#47

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA
#47

Academia Serrant Inc

Ponce, PR
#50

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 453 different United States culinary arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cypress College Cypress, CA
51 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
53 Sheridan Technical College Hollywood, FL
54 South Plains College Levelland, TX
54 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
54 Richland Community College Decatur, IL
57 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Aguadilla, PR
58 Helms College Macon, GA
59 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
60 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
60 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
62 IVAEM College Caguas, PR
62 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
62 University of Hawaii Maui College Kahului, HI
62 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
66 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
66 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA
66 Platt College - Tulsa Tulsa, OK

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Culinary Arts students that almost earned our Most Popular Culinary Arts Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
69 Atlantic Technical College Coconut Creek, FL
69 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
71 YTI Career Institute-York York, PA
71 Davis Technical College Kaysville, UT
71 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK
71 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
71 Lorenzo Walker Technical College Naples, FL
76 Kauai Community College Lihue, HI
76 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
78 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
78 Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay, OR
80 Suncoast Technical College Sarasota, FL
80 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
80 Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
80 Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, CA
80 Institute of Beauty Occupations and Technology Course-San Sebastian San Sebastian, PR
80 Renton Technical College Renton, WA
86 Hawaii Community College Hilo, HI
86 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
86 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY
86 Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester McAlester, OK
86 The Culinary School of Fort Worth Fort Worth, TX
86 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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