Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the medium-sized town of Hyde Park (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), New York. Officially accredited/recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a small (enrollment range: 4,000-4,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees in several areas of study. This 70 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this US higher education organization a least selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. CIA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, financial aids and/or scholarships, as well as administrative services.