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Applying To Culinary Travel and Hospitality School

There are almost as many culinary, travel and hospitality programs out there as there are foods to savour or countries to explore. Students applying to universities or colleges offering culinary, travel and hospitality programs therefore have a number options. Admission requirements will differ depending on whether you are applying to a private or public institution, whether you are applying to a 4-year, 2-year or career college, and whether you are applying to a school using the Common Application.

In terms of admission requirements, students applying to universities and colleges in the United States apply to the institution in general rather than to specific departments or programs. Generally, when applying to the institution, you list your intended major as your first choice. This does not mean you will get your first choice, so make sure you indicate several other options that you actually would like to take. Institutions -- particularly private versus public -- differ in their competitiveness, but each university or college usually has a rough threshold below which admission is unlikely. Therefore, students often apply to a range of schools.

Depending on the size and values of the 4-year institution, admissions criteria can vary from the formulaic and objective to more subjective factors regarding the student's "fit" for the school. In general, students are assessed according to the following: overall academic grades and GPA, grades related to their intended major, core grade point average (English, academic math, laboratory science, foreign language, speech), class rank, SAT or ACT score, personal statement, personal background and experiences, and information provided by the high school counselor. Institutions give different weight to these criteria: for example, some universities and colleges do not require or even accept the SAT for admission. In some cases, preference may be given to students from the institution's state, and some states require proof of immunization against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.

Students with a record of scholastic excellence in their first 3 years of high school may qualify for early enrollment, which involves a recommendation from your principal, approval from your parents as well as scores on academic tests. Some students, rather than being rejected outright, are "wait-listed" for a particular school and may be admitted if another student who was admitted decides not to attend.

While students apply to the institution and not the College or School, each College or School still maintains requirements that applicants must meet. This includes specific numbers of semesters of each core academic course: for instance, a College of Business or Management might require 6 semesters of math, 4 of laboratory science, 8 of English and 4 of foreign language.

University and college semesters generally start in August or September for fall term and January for the winter term, and the application process itself usually begins in your senior year of high school. Generally this process involves submitting an online or print application form directly to the university or college by a specific deadline. Universities and colleges in the US usually have their own application forms, with the exception of institutions that use the Common Application. The Common Application can only be used to apply to member institutions (about 345 in the United States) which have agreed to use it. In the Common Application process, copies of online or print Application for Undergraduate Admission can be sent to any number of participating colleges. The same is true of the other required forms, which allows you to spend less time on applying for admission. Each member institution has a specific deadline for when they will accept the Common Application, and once a deadline has passed, you will no longer be able to submit your forms.

In both types of application you need to have your official high school transcripts sent directly to the institution from your high school, and you should be prepared to pay a non-refundable application fee of about $25-$50. Some schools will waive this fee if you use the online Common Application. Application deadlines are generally between November and January, and there may be specific deadlines for submitting your SAT score for scholarship consideration.

In addition, many universities and colleges have implemented a system through which students can apply at a time other than the most common deadline. This is called the Early Decision program, and it permits you to apply a few months early if you agree to attend the school if offered admission in mid-December. Early Decision does mean less choice, but it also means you only have to submit one application--if you get into your top choice. You can only back out Early Decision's binding agreement if the financial aid offered is not enough. Similarly, the Early Action program means you apply early and find out the results early, but you are not bound to the school if accepted. Within Early Action there are the single- and multi-choice subprograms: single-choice early action schools only allow you to apply early to one school while multi-choice early action schools let you to apply to many schools. Further, rolling admission is used by some schools with a large number of applicants. It means you can apply any time between the fall and spring and get your result a few weeks later. You therefore don't have to apply to all of your schools at the same time, but be aware: it means earlier applicants get first acceptance. So apply as soon as possible to your rolling admissions schools.

Some community and technical colleges allow students to apply directly to a particular major. These schools will have specific course requirements needed for admission to the program, such as a 'C' grade or better in English and math courses. Application requires you to complete an online application form and assessment test. Career colleges generally have much more open admission, requiring applicants to complete the online application and submit proof of high school completion or GED.

No matter which way you apply, two things that are not required but highly recommended are a campus visit and interview with admissions counselor. Knowledge is power, so be sure to seek out the people and resources that can help you get as much information as possible before you apply to your culinary, travel and hospitality schools.

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Virginia College

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

Programs Offered:
  • DIP - Culinary Arts
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Sullivan University

Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students.

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science in Event Management and Tourism
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
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Institute of Technology

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

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Programs Offered:
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  • Culinary Arts Specialist
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Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts

You can fire up a new career with help from  Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts. We offer two programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts and pastry arts.

Programs Offered:
  • AAS Degree in Culinary Arts
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Keiser Univ. Center for Culinary Arts
Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts can provide you with the practical hands-on skills and experience you need to succeed in the rapidly growing culinary field.
Programs Offered:
  • Culinary Arts

 
Kaplan University - KHE

At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs.

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration : Hospitality Management
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Culinary Institute of Virginia

Turn your passion for food into a career at the Culinary Institute of Virginia.

Programs Offered:
  • Culinary Arts
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Purdue University

Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

 
Keiser University Campus

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
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Keystone Technical Institute
KTI is committed to the total development of the individual by providing high-demand skill specific career training and the employer required soft skills such as proper business attitude, behavior, professional attire and punctuality.
Programs Offered:
  • Culinary Arts Specialist
  • Baking and Pastry
  • Baking and Pastry Arts with Management

 
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