Top Baking and Pastry Schools and Colleges: List of Top Programs

Aspiring pastry chefs can pursue an associate's degree in baking and pastry arts through community or technical colleges. Bachelor's degrees do exist that combine baking and pastry arts with management or leadership. The Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales University offer baking and pastry arts programs that lead to either an associate's or bachelor's degree.

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Best Baking and Pastry Colleges and Programs

1. Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York

The Culinary Institute of America was started in 1946 as the New Haven Restaurant Institute, and changed to its current name in 1951. Currently, the CIA has three campus locations in New York, California and Texas. The institute offers certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and wine and beverages. Aspiring pastry chefs can pursue an associate's degree in baking and pastry arts or a bachelor's degree in baking and pastry arts management. Both programs provide real-world experience through internships, externships and opportunities to work within the institute's pastry restaurants. The CIA was listed in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 Best Colleges.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, New York 12538-1499
  • Phone Number: (845) 452-9600

2. Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, Rhode Island

Originally founded as a business school in 1914, Johnson & Wales University expanded through the years to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas that include technology, education and culinary arts. JWU has four campuses in Rhode Island, Florida, Colorado and North Carolina. Within the College of Culinary Arts, students can pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree in baking and pastry arts. During both the associate's and bachelor's programs, students are required to complete an internship either locally or abroad. U.S. News and Report included JWU on its 2011 Best Colleges list.

Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, Rhode Island 02903-3703
  • Phone Number: (401) 598-1000

Baking and Pastry Schools and Colleges

College/University Total Student Population Address Phone Number
Houston Community College 54,942 3100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77266 (713) 718-2000
Valencia Community College 39,008 190 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801 (407) 299-2187
Columbus State Community College 28,539 55 E. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 287-5353
El Paso Community College 28,168 919 Hunter Drive, El Paso, Texas 79915 (915) 831-2000
Oakland Community College 28,042 2480 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304 (248) 341-2000
Central New Mexico Community College 27,999 525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 (505) 224-3000
College of DuPage 27,083 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137 (630) 942-2800
Suffolk County Community College 24,822 533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784 (631) 451-4110
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg 22,529 One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110 (717) 780-2300
Johnson County Community College 20,385 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (913) 469-8500
Milwaukee Area Technical College 20,215 700 W. State Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233 (414) 297-6370
Central Piedmont Community College 19,364 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204 (704) 330-2722
Moraine Valley Community College 17,774 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois 60465 (708) 974-4300
Henry Ford Community College 17,542 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48128 (313) 845-9600
Grand Rapids Community College 16,944 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 (616) 234-4000
Delgado Community College 16,758 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119 (504) 361-6410
Madison Area Technical College 16,610 3550 Anderson Street, Madison, Wisconsin 57304 (608) 246-6100
Harper College 15,711 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067 (847) 925-6000
Triton College 15,706 2000 5th Avenue, River Grove, Illinois 60171 (708) 456-0300
Brookdale Community College 15,639 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738 (732) 224-2345
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  • School locations:
    • Kentucky (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Sullivan University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Culinary Arts and Culinary Services
        • Baking and Pastry Arts
        • Catering and Restaurant Management
        • Chef Training
  • School locations:
    • Wisconsin (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Milwaukee Area Technical College include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Cosmetology and Related Services
      • Culinary Arts and Culinary Services
        • Baking and Pastry Arts
        • Catering and Restaurant Management
        • Chef Training
      • Funeral Related Services
  • School locations:
    • Colorado (1 campus)
    • Florida (1 campus)
    • North Carolina (1)
    • Rhode Island (1)
    Areas of study you may find at Johnson & Wales University include:
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Culinary Arts and Culinary Services
        • Baking and Pastry Arts
        • Catering and Restaurant Management
        • Chef Training
  • School locations:
    • Michigan (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Baker College include:
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Culinary Arts and Culinary Services
        • Baking and Pastry Arts
        • Catering and Restaurant Management
        • Chef Training

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