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Bachelor’s Degrees in Culinary Arts

679 Yearly Graduations
$28,700 Median Salary
$38,939 Median Debt
There are 40 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in culinary arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 37% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 5.7% of culinary arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Culinary Arts Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 679 students earned their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. This makes it the 182nd most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

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
Master’s Degree 31
Graduate Certificate 1

Earnings of Culinary Arts Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $28,700. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $27,500 to a high of $29,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in culinary arts is $38,939. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,053 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $29,782.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $404.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in culinary arts. About 60.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 266
Women 413
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Culinary Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 73
Hispanic or Latino 129
White 352
International Students 39
Other Races/Ethnicities 69
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Culinary Arts Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 40 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
158 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for culinary arts students seekinga bachelor's degree is Johnson & Wales University - Providence. Roughly 6,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 158 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from JWU Providence. Of these students, 75% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Universidad del Este

Carolina, Puerto Rico
61 Yearly Graduations
43% Women

The 2nd most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Universidad del Este. Roughly 9,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $2,652 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from UNE. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#3

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
44 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Culinary Institute of America is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,153 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 44 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at The Culinary Institute of America. About 50% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

41 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson & Wales University - Denver comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $33,054 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at JWU Denver. About 63% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana
35 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Nicholls State University. Each year, around 6,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,922 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,686 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Nicholls State University. Of these students, 63% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, New York
27 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Delhi comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at SUNY Delhi. About 48% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

The Art Institute of San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas
27 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of San Antonio is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai San Antonio. About 52% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

New England Culinary Institute

Montpelier, Vermont
26 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is New England Culinary Institute. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at New England Culinary Institute. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#9

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi University for Women comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 2,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,425 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,425 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from MUW. Of these students, 80% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
20 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National Louis University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,646 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from NLU. Of these students, 35% were women and 5% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
18 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of Atlanta. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai Atlanta. About 50% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Of these students, 59% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
17 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Roughly 113,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

The culinary arts program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 17 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 82% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Alabama is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 7,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,660 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at UNA. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#14

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

Paul Smiths, New York
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Paul Smith's College. Of these students, 75% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Drexel. Of these students, 57% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
13 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Washington University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,582 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at CWU. Of these students, 23% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in culinary arts. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai Virginia Beach. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

11 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

AI Miami International University of Art and Design is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,580 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their bachelor's degree in culinary arts from International Fine Arts College. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#18

The Art Institute of Houston

Houston, Texas
11 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for culinary arts majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The Art Institute of Houston. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 bachelor's degrees were handed out to culinary arts majors at Ai Houston. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to culinary arts that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Funeral & Mortuary Science 196

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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