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Culinary Institute Of Virginia


The Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) is a career education school committed to providing culinary education to students across the state of Virginia. As part of the ECPI University system, the school is also known as the School of Culinary Arts of ECPI University, Virginia Beach. This on-campus program offers several different concentrations including culinary arts, culinary nutrition, food service management, and baking and pastry arts. Students receive hands-on learning and real-world experience on state-of-the-art equipment. Depending on the concentration, CIV awards associate and bachelor's degrees as well as professional diplomas upon program completion.

The Culinary Institute of Virginia's AAS in Culinary Arts degree and the Diploma in Culinary Arts programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Inc. (ACF). ECPI University is institutionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas.

Points of Distinction

  • Located in Norfolk, Virginia
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Student-oriented, hands-on learning
  • Diverse faculty from all parts of the industry
  • Graduate Chef Bryant Gallaher -- finalist on "Hell's Kitchen"
  • Required externships


The faculty at the Culinary Institute of Virginia come from diverse backgrounds in both American and International cuisine. Small class sizes are maintained, allowing for more individualized attention. Curriculum includes both classroom learning and hands-on experiences. Faculty members seek to impart the practical knowledge and job skills training needed for their students to enter the culinary workforce.

Student Life

The Culinary Institute of Virginia offers student housing to those who enroll. Flexible scheduling includes morning, afternoon, and evening course offerings. CIV offers students top of the line facilities and kitchen equipment. Students are required to complete externships prior to gradation, providing them with even more hands-on experience. Students can take advantage of all that the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area has to offer, including beautiful beaches, whale watching, the Jamestown Discovery Series Exhibit, and a nightlife full of excellent restaurants and clubs.


  1. Home Page, Culinary Institute of Virginia, http://www.ecpi.edu/college-of-culinary-arts
  2. Culinary Nutrition, Culinary Institute of Virginia, http://www.ecpi.edu/programs/culinary-nutrition-associate-degree
  3. Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, http://www.ecpi.edu/college-of-culinary-arts
  4. Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, http://www.ecpi.edu/programs/baking-and-pastry-arts-diploma
  5. Food Service Management, Culinary Institute of Virginia, http://www.ecpi.edu/programs/food-service-management-bachelor-degree
  6. Culinary Institute of Virginia Viewbook, Culinary Institute of Virginia, http://www.ecpi.edu/flipbook/civ/
  7. Career Services, ECPI University, http://www.ecpi.edu/career-services
  8. Accreditation and Approvals, ECPI University, http://www.ecpi.edu/accreditation

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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