Why Culinary Institute of Virginia is right for you

How We Invest in Your Success

ECPI University's College of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, houses a passionate community of students and educators. Under the guidance of experienced chefs, students receive rigorous, hands-on education, learning both the art and science of food.

At ECPI, we strive to admit only the most dedicated and committed students. We adhere to selective enrollment standards designed to help you choose the program that best matches your interests and professional goals.

We offer:

  • Fast-track 18-month Associate and 2.5-year Bachelor's degree programs
  • Curriculum designed with input from employers in the food industry
  • Learning from experienced professional chef instructors who will help you explore classics techniques and some of the latest culinary trends
  • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees and diploma programs

Exemplary Program Awards

The Culinary Arts Degree and Diploma programs at Culinary Institute of Virginia's Norfolk campus are recognized as Exemplary Programs by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.


Top Ranking

Culinary Institute of Virginia, College of Culinary Arts of ECPI University is ranked the Top Culinary School in Virginia by Best-Culinary-Colleges.com.


Enjoy support from enrollment through graduation

Have questions about scholarships, financial aid or graduate employment services? Our dedicated faculty is happy to help in any way they can. We’re passionate about your success as a student, which is why we offer services like resume building, interview coaching, job fair opportunities, externships and even salary negotiation workshops.

Active military and veteran support

ECPI University is proud to serve members of the military - in fact, we have ranked “Best For Vets” 6 years in a row according to Military Times! With ground campus locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as well as an online campus, ECPI is a military distance learning partner for the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and can help you develop in-demand skills needed in the workforce today.

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*Source: "Best for Vets," Military Times

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