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New England Culinary Institute: School Overview


Part of The Bridge’s Higher Education Series


Location: Montpelier, Vermont

A pastry class in the LaBrioche kitchen
A pastry class in the LaBrioche kitchen

Format: Six months on campus, six months at an internship working in a professional kitchen, six months back on campus and six months away on another internship.

Academic programs: Culinary Arts; Baking and Pastry; and Food and Beverage Business Management.

Tuition: Ranges from $13,790 for a certificate prorgam to $113,560 for a bachelor’s degree

Teaching Kitchens: NECI on Main, Chef’s Table, La Brioche, Vermont College of Fine Arts Dewey Café and National Life Cafeteria.

Financial Aid: Toll-free 877-223-6324 or email financialaid@neci.edu. Federal and state grants and loans. NECI and other merit-based scholarships.

Accreditation: The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Certified by the Vermont Board of Education as a bona fide institution of higher learning and holds a Certificate of Degree Granting Authority from the Vermont Department of Education.

Enrollment: About 361 full-time and 156 part-time students

Diversity: Students come from around the world. About 290 male and 227 female.

Mission: “The mission of New England Culinary Institute is to be the recognized leader in delivering hands-on, standards-based education for the food and beverage industry.New England Culinary Institute is dedicated to providing a high quality, student-centered, and career-focused education, which is grounded in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and food and beverage business management. By actively participating in NECI’s reality-based curriculum, engaging with working food and beverage operations, and completing extensive internships, students are prepared for professional advancement in a dynamic world. Through NECI’s varied learning methodologies, students develop a broad range of skills and the flexibility that will help them adapt to the diverse opportunities in a quickly-evolving food and beverage industry. Toward that end, NECI embraces four Cornerstones of Distinction: small classes that promote active learning; strong reliance on learning by doing and real-life experience; an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning that supports NECI’s concept of the educated person; and a focus on promoting excellence in professional conduct and ethics.

Values: Commitment, positive attitude, teamwork, dedication, flexibility, integrity, loyalty, passion for NECI, and service excellence.

Housing: Dormitories and houses and apartments in the community.

History: Since 1980 NECI has grown from seven students to about 500 per year.

Little known fact: Both the culinary arts and baking and pastry programs include two 700-hour internships with partners all over the world.

Admissions contact: admissions@neci.edu