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Undergraduate Certificates in Culinary Arts

8,562 Yearly Graduations
$22,500 Median Salary
$13,000 Median Debt
An undergraduate certificate in culinary arts is offered at 451 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 63% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.1% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8,562 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
Associate’s Degree 9,185
Undergraduate Certificate 8,562
Basic Certificate 8,217
Bachelor’s Degree 679

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts is $22,500. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $17,600 and the high is $24,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts is $13,000. 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, $15,916 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,500.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $135.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. About 58.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,539
Women 5,023
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 301
Black or African American 1,556
Hispanic or Latino 3,153
White 2,769
International Students 92
Other Races/Ethnicities 691
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There are 451 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

907 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
54% 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. Each year, around 3,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 907 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Boulder. About 71% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Escuela Hotelera de San Juan

Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
414 Yearly Graduations
46% Women

The 2nd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Escuela Hotelera de San Juan. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 414 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escuela Hotelera de San Juan. About 46% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

207 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin awarded 207 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#4

Lake Land College

Mattoon, Illinois
158 Yearly Graduations
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lake Land College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 158 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Lake Land College.

#5

El Centro College

Dallas, Texas
135 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is El Centro College. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at El Centro College awarded 135 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 71% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#6

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi
117 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hinds Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Hinds Community College. Of these students, 66% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles, California
102 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles Trade Technical College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 13,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. About 68% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Pioneer Pacific College

Wilsonville, Oregon
99 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pioneer Pacific College comes in at #8 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 2018-2019 academic year, 99 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Pioneer Pacific College. Of these students, 66% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Florida Technical College

Orlando, Florida
94 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Technical College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 4,000 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Florida Technical College awarded 94 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Arizona Culinary Institute

Scottsdale, Arizona
92 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona Culinary Institute comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Arizona Culinary Institute. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#11

Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut
91 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton awarded 91 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 66% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

ICPR Junior College - Manati

Manatí, Puerto Rico
85 Yearly Graduations
69% Women

The 12th 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. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from ICPR Junior College - Manati. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#13

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
80 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Central New Mexico Community College. Each year, around 23,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at CNM. Of these students, 70% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi
73 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 8,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Of these students, 59% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
71 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Francis Tuttle Technology Center comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. About 61% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

68 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Dorsey Schools, Roseville Culinary Academy. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Dorsey Schools, Roseville Culinary Academy. About 51% of this group were women, and 84% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

64 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Michigan Career and Technical Institute. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 64 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Michigan Career and Technical Institute. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 30% were women.

#18

Florida Education Institute

Miami, Florida
62 Yearly Graduations
66% Women

Florida Education Institute comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Florida Education Institute. About 66% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

62 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 10,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,570 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from IUP. About 76% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

61 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cuyahoga Community College District comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 23,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Cuyahoga Community College District awarded 61 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 49% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 3,558
General Cooking & Culinary Arts 2,195
Baking & Pastry Arts 1,762
Other Culinary Arts 548
Restaurant & Catering Management 236

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Cosmetology 61,023
Funeral & Mortuary Science 311
Other Personal & Culinary Services 83

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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