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Undergraduate Certificates in Culinary Arts

7,225 Yearly Graduations
$20,049 Median Salary
$10,375 Median Debt
There are 452 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 64% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.5% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 7,225 students earned their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. This earns it the #11 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate programs in the nation.

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 Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts is $20,049. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $17,355 and the high is $24,913.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts is $10,375. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $14,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,166.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $81.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. About 62.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,677
Women 4,548
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 183
Black or African American 1,467
Hispanic or Latino 2,539
White 2,351
International Students 108
Other Races/Ethnicities 577
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There are 452 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

1,970 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for culinary arts students seekingan undergraduate certificate is Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder. Roughly 7,600 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 1,970 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Escoffier - Boulder. About 70% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1,017 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 25,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,444 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,020 per year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 1,017 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at National University College. Of these students, 61% were women and 99% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Escuela Hotelera de San Juan

Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
297 Yearly Graduations
54% Women

Escuela Hotelera de San Juan comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 297 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Escuela Hotelera de San Juan. Of these students, 54% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi
126 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hinds Community College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 126 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Hinds Community College. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#5

Arizona Culinary Institute

Scottsdale, Arizona
114 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Arizona Culinary Institute. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Arizona Culinary Institute awarded 114 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 34% were women.

106 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 106 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Lincoln Tech - Shelton. About 59% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Florida Education Institute

Miami, Florida
69 Yearly Graduations
72% Women

Florida Education Institute is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Florida Education Institute awarded 69 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#8

Helms College

Macon, Georgia
64 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Helms College. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Helms College awarded 64 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 66% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

59 Yearly Graduations
69% Women

ICPR Junior College - General Institutional is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 59 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from ICPR Junior College - General Institutional. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#10

The Culinary School of Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas
57 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Culinary School of Fort Worth is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 57 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from The Culinary School of Fort Worth. Of these students, 40% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Culinary Institute Inc

Houston, Texas
56 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute Inc is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 56 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Culinary Institute LeNotre. Around 70% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

54 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

International Air and Hospitality Academy is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 54 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from International Air and Hospitality Academy. Of these students, 44% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

49 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 1,800 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College awarded 49 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 94% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#14

ICPR Junior College - Manati

Manatí, Puerto Rico
47 Yearly Graduations
66% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is ICPR Junior College - Manati. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at ICPR Junior College - Manati awarded 47 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Of these students, 66% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Atlantic Technical College

Coconut Creek, Florida
44 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Atlantic Technical College. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 44 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Atlantic Technical College. About 61% of this group were women, and 80% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Academia Serrant Inc

Ponce, Puerto Rico
44 Yearly Graduations
77% Women

Academia Serrant Inc is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, 44 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Academia Serrant. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

43 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 4,800 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 43 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at UA Pulaski Tech. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

#18

Tulsa Technology Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma
42 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tulsa Technology Center comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Tulsa Technology Center awarded 42 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

41 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee. Roughly 1,900 attend the school each year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 41 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

41 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lincoln College of Technology - Columbia is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Lincoln College of Technology - Columbia awarded 41 undergraduate certificates during the 2020-2021 school year. About 39% of this group were women, and 66% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 3,038
Baking & Pastry Arts 1,922
General Cooking & Culinary Arts 1,499
Other Culinary Arts 299
Food Preparation/Kitchen Assistant 136

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Cosmetology 57,805
Funeral & Mortuary Science 391
Other Personal & Culinary Services 74

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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