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2021 Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate's Degree Trade Schools

150 Colleges
$24,536 Avg Salary
$17,168 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 132,602 personal and culinary services students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #2 most popular in the country.

It's not easy to decide which trade school program to enroll in when you have so many options available. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate's Degree Trade Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 150 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for trade school students.

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2021 Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for personal and culinary services majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 15% Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate's Degree Schools

Our analysis found American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service to be the best school for personal and culinary services students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. AAMI is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Culinary Institute of America helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best personal and culinary services schools in the United States. The Culinary Institute of America is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hyde Park.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Worsham College of Mortuary Science is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Wheeling.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best personal and culinary services schools in the United States. Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Cincinnati.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best personal and culinary services schools in the United States. PIMS is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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#6

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder ranked #7 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Boulder, AESCA - Boulder is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Clover Park Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the small city of Lakewood, CPTC is a public school with a small student population.

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Dallas Institute of Funeral Service came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Dallas, Dallas Institute of Funeral Service is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree personal and culinary services programs. Southwest Tech is a small public school located in the rural area of Fennimore.

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#11

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree personal and culinary services programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public college with a large student population.

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Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte ranked #12 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Charlotte, JWU Charlotte is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston.

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University of Hawaii Maui College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Kahului, UH Maui College is a public college with a small student population.

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Johnson & Wales University - Denver ranked #15 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Denver, JWU Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree personal and culinary services programs. Located in the large city of Austin, Escoffier - Austin is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Johnson & Wales University - Providence ranked #17 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. JWU Providence is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

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Johnson & Wales University - North Miami did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for personal and culinary services students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. JWU North Miami is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of North Miami.

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With a ranking of #19, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#20

Douglas Education Center

Monessen, PA

Douglas Education Center ranked #20 on this year’s Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Douglas Education Center is a small private for-profit school located in the small suburb of Monessen.

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Kapiolani Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree personal and culinary services programs. Located in the large city of Honolulu, Kapiolani CC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#22

Bradford School

Columbus, OH

With a ranking of #22, Bradford School did quite well on this year’s best schools for personal and culinary services students working on their associate’s degree. Bradford School is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Columbus.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
23 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
24 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
25 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
26 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
27 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
28 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
29 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
30 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN

Personal & Culinary Services by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Personal & Culinary Services Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Cosmetology 103,674
Culinary Arts 26,643
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,965
Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,435
Precision Production 57,423
Construction Trades 36,003
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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