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Robert Morris College Institute of Culinary Arts Aurora, Chicago, and Orland Park, Illinois

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General Information

Private, coeducational, four-year college. Suburban campus. Founded in 1913. Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Information

Offered since 2003. Program calendar is divided into quarters, 5 ten-week academic sessions per year. 15-month associate degree in Culinary Arts. 3-year bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.

Program Affiliation

American Culinary Federation; International Association of Culinary Professionals; National Restaurant Association; National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation; Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Areas of Study

Baking; beverage management; buffet catering; controlling costs in food service; convenience cookery; culinary French; culinary skill development; food preparation; food purchasing; food service communication; food service math; garde-manger; international cuisine; introduction to food service; kitchen management; management and human resources; meal planning; meat cutting; meat fabrication; menu and facilities design; nutrition; restaurant opportunities; sanitation; saucier; seafood processing; soup, stock, sauce, and starch production; wines and spirits.


32 computer laboratories; 3 learning resource centers; 32 lecture rooms; 6 teaching kitchens.

Student Profile

293 total: 277 full-time; 16 part-time.


29 total: 6 full-time; 23 part-time. 23 are industry professionals; 12 are culinary-certified teachers. Prominent faculty: Kevin Appleton; Jennifer Bucko; John Hudac; Scott Nitsche, CEC. Faculty-student ratio: 1:16.

Special Programs

Culinary competitions, paid internships, international experience with Italian and French culinary schools.

Typical Expenses

Application fee: $30. Tuition: $16,800 per year full-time, $1700 per course part-time. Program-related fees include $850 for lab fee (per session); $275 for knife kit; $180 for 3 uniforms.

Financial Aid

In 2005, 20 scholarships were awarded (average award was $30,000). Program-specific awards include 85\% of students receive some type of financial aid. Employment placement assistance is available. Employment opportunities within the program are available.


Coed and apartment-style housing available. Average on-campus housing cost per month: $800.

Application Information

Students may begin participation in February, July, and September. Applications are accepted continuously. In 2005, 495 applied; 373 were accepted. Applicants must interview; submit a formal application and proof of high school graduation or GED completion.




Nancy Rotunno
Executive Director
Institute of Culinary Arts
401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: 312-935-6800
Fax: 312-935-6930
World Wide Web:  Robert Morris College Institute of Culinary Arts Aurora, Chicago, and Orland Park, Illinois ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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