Culinary Training: Top Ranked Culinary School - Indianapolis, IN

Few schools in the Indianapolis area have top ranking culinary programs. Read on to find out more about what two of the largest schools have to offer for culinary training, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

There are seven schools in the Indianapolis area that offer culinary programs. Ivy Tech Community College and Harrison College are two of the largest colleges in Indianapolis to offer culinary training programs and the only Indianapolis schools accredited by the American Culinary Federation. These two schools are ranked below based on their program offerings and cost.

  • Winner: Ivy Tech's hospitality administration program offers culinary certificates as well as a hospitality administration associate's degree with an emphasis in culinary arts. Ivy Tech's estimated 2012-2013 tuition was over $10,000 less than Harrison College's estimated tuition for the same year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
  • Runner Up #1: Harrison College offers associate's degrees in culinary arts and pastry arts and a bachelor's degree in hospitality restaurant management, which includes some culinary training.

School Comparison Chart

Category Ivy Tech Community College Harrison College
Location Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, private-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $3,455 (in-state), $7,302 (out-of-state)* $16,050*
Culinary Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's degrees Associate's and bachelor's degrees
Culinary Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 183 (includes hospitality administration)* 137*
Most Popular Culinary Program (2011-2012) Associate's in Hospitality Administration (143 awarded)* Associate's degree in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (111 awarded)*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 8% (for 2009 entering class)* 29% (for 2006 entering class)*
Noteworthy Has the lowest tuition of culinary programs in Indianapolis according to the school and NCES 2012-2013 tuition figures Harrison College has a graduate guarantee that allows students to retake a course tuition-free if their knowledge does not meet an employer's expectations

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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  • Baking and Pastry Arts
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  • Meat Cutting

Winner: Ivy Tech Community College

  • Students run an on-campus restaurant and bakery called 'Courses'
  • Student clubs at Ivy Tech include the Indiana Student Hospitality Association
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation

Ivy Tech Community College offers certificates and associate's degrees in hospitality administration with concentration areas including culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, beverage management, culinology and restaurant management. A 16-credit short-term certificate program prepares students to become ACF-certified culinarians. Technical certificates in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts require the completion of 32 credits, and these credits can be applied to the 60-credit AAS in Culinary Arts or the AAS in Baking and Pastry Arts. The AAS degree programs include courses in nutrition, sanitation and food theory along with specialized courses on either culinary or baking techniques. Ivy Tech also offers an Associate of Science in Hospitality Administration that is designed to transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Hospitality students at Ivy Tech gain practical experience in the student-run bakery and restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner a few days a week. Some of the restaurant profits are used for scholarships for students in the hospitality program. Additionally, the college hosts an annual culinary arts dinner, which supports scholarships for culinary students.

Runner-Up #1: Harrison College

  • The Chef's Academy has four state-of-the-art kitchens in a large culinary education facility
  • Almost 89% of students looking for employment after graduating find work within one year, according to Harrison College in 2010
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation

The Chef's Academy at Harrison College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Pastry Arts. The AAS in Culinary Arts requires the completion of 96 quarter credit hours. Courses include various cooking techniques, baking, food sanitation and cuisine. The AAS in Baking and Pastry Arts also requires 96 quarter credits and includes courses in pastry, bread, dessert and artistry. Additionally, students can learn basic food preparation, service and kitchen sanitation skills along with management skills in the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Restaurant Management.

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