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Undergraduate Certificates in Culinary Arts

7,563 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, 0.9% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

In 2019-2020, 7,563 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 7,563
Associate Degree 7,304
Basic Certificate 6,431
Bachelor’s Degree 588

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts is $22,500. 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 $17,600 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 60.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,001
Women 4,562
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The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 232
Black or African American 1,370
Hispanic or Latino 2,822
White 2,527
International Students 65
Other Races/Ethnicities 547
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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
69% Women
50% 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. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 907 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escoffier - Boulder. Of these students, 69% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Escuela Hotelera de San Juan

Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
414 Yearly Graduations
50% 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 500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 414 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Escuela Hotelera de San Juan. Of these students, 50% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

207 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Austin. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 207 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Escoffier - Austin. Of these students, 50% were women and 66% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Lake Land College

Mattoon, Illinois
158 Yearly Graduations
10% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lake Land College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 158 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Lake Land College. Of these students, 10% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

El Centro College

Dallas, Texas
135 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Centro College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 74,700 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 135 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from El Centro College. Of these students, 66% were women and 72% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi
117 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hinds Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 117 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Hinds Community College. About 63% of this group were women, and 82% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles, California
102 Yearly Graduations
65% 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. Each year, around 11,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Los Angeles Trade Technical College awarded 102 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Arizona Culinary Institute

Scottsdale, Arizona
92 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th 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. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 92 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Arizona Culinary Institute. About 47% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut
91 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton. 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 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

ICPR Junior College - Manati

Manatí, Puerto Rico
85 Yearly Graduations
57% 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 2019-2020 academic year, 85 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from ICPR Junior College - Manati. Of these students, 57% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
80 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central New Mexico Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 21,300 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 80 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from CNM. Of these students, 33% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi
73 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Each year, around 8,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 73 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. About 63% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
71 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
56% 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. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The culinary arts program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center awarded 71 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 56% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

68 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dorsey College Roseville Campus (Culinary) is the 16th 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. The culinary arts program at Dorsey College Roseville Campus (Culinary) awarded 68 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 56% were women and 81% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

64 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan Career and Technical Institute comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in culinary arts. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The culinary arts program at Michigan Career and Technical Institute awarded 64 undergraduate certificates during the 2019-2020 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Florida Education Institute

Miami, Florida
62 Yearly Graduations
66% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Florida Education Institute. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 62 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from Florida Education Institute. Of these students, 66% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

62 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. 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 2019-2020 academic year, 62 people received their undergraduate certificate in culinary arts from IUP. Of these students, 62% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

61 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cuyahoga Community College District is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in culinary arts. Roughly 18,700 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 61 undergraduate certificates were handed out to culinary arts majors at Cuyahoga Community College District. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

Culinary Arts Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Chef Training 3,201
Baking & Pastry Arts 1,732
General Cooking & Culinary Arts 1,600
Other Culinary Arts 353
Restaurant & Catering Management 227

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Cosmetology 55,825
Funeral & Mortuary Science 336
Other Personal & Culinary Services 96

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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