New England Culinary Institute

  • New England Culinary Institute (NECI) is one of the leading culinary schools in the United States. When we opened New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in 1980, we wanted to create a learning environment where students were asked to perform at the highest level possible from the very first day of school. Our culinary classrooms are not practice kitchens, but high-profit level restaurants, bakeries and retail outlets. This model did not exist when we began; we invented it. But what also sets us apart is NECI?s size. We are small by design. We have to be. In our minds, great hands-on learning does not take place in a lecture hall or demo kitchen for thirty students.And then there is the location of the school. Vermont is at the forefront of a farm to table revolution. Farmers, artisan cheese makers ,brewers, wine makers, composters, organic seed producers, managers of CSA?s, distributors, members of the Vermont Fresh Network and the Vermont Chapter of the Slow Food Movement, the chef members of the Vermont Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, the staff at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture?these folks and many others are part of a growing community of food activists changing the way food is produced, distributed and consumed in the state and beyond. Together they provide a unique learning environment for NECI students who, through field trips and work opportunities arranged by the school, experience firsthand the exciting changes taking place, and learn skills not easily attained anywhere else.

School Highlights

New England Culinary Institute serves 73 students (93% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 3:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 23%.

Top Rankings

New England Culinary Institute ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Vermont for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 29 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
New England Culinary Institute(VT) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationSpecial Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus InstitutionsBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate for-profitPrivate not-for-profit
Total Faculty29 staff81 staff
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Number of Programs Offered88

Student Body

The student population of New England Culinary Institute has declined by 82% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 3:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
The New England Culinary Institute diversity score of 0.61 is more than the state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has grown by 46% over five years.
Total Enrollment73 students519 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio3:111:1
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# Full-Time Students68 students337 students
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# Part-Time Students5 students182 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
62118
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
4%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
3%
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% Black
10%
2%
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% White
59%
77%
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
2%
4%
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% Unknown races
18%
7%
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Diversity Score0.610.40
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%95%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • New England Culinary Institute has been an innovator and a leader in the field of culinary education for over 30 years. As you get to know us, you will discover some of the distinctive features that have defined NECI since it was founded in 1980.Most fundamental to our educational philosophy is our focus on the student. NECI?s primary mission is to provide every student with meaningful opportunities to attain the skills and knowledge necessary for success and advancement within the hospitality industry. To ensure this success, NECI has small classes that are designed to make certain that each student receives the kind of instruction and personal attention he or she needs in order to develop a competitive edge within the fast-paced and ever-changing industry.In addition to the advantages of small class size, our classes are taught by instructors who are highly skilled professionals as well as effective teachers. NECI seeks out talented chefs and restaurateurs with an interest and an aptitude for teaching. Our chef instructors constantly receive feedback about their teaching skills, based in part on student evaluations.NECI students also track their own development, skill acquisition and growth through a unique, non-punitive self-evaluation system. In addition to helping students master industry-specific skills and knowledge, teachers measure student performance in a wide range of areas specific to each program. In all programs, instructors measure time management, teamwork, organizational skills, professionalism and use of the senses. Unlike other culinary schools, NECI will never have large programs. Our administrators and faculty recognize that the learning process is different for each student. Not only must classes be small, but overall programs must be formulated in order to allow the staff and administrators to know each student individually. Frequent testimonials from our graduates and their employers continually renew our belief in the value and advantages of this kind of education.One final comment about NECI: everyone at the school ? students, faculty, staff, and administrators ? is proud of the ideals that are inherent in the school?s philosophy. We know that the ongoing challenge is to constantly renew everyone?s understanding of our educational philosophy while at the same time, adapt to the ever-changing conditions in the dynamic industry of which we are a part.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to New England Culinary Institute is Woodbury College (1.7 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Woodbury College
    Private, non-profit
    132 students | 1.70 Mi660 Elm St
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 229-0516
    1.70132
  • 1,638 students | 23.60 Mi124 Admin Drive
    Randolph, VT 05061
    (802) 728-1000
    23.601,638
  • Sterling College
    Private not-for-profit
    136 students | 28.80 Mi16 Sterling Drive
    Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    (802) 586-7711
    28.80136
  • 5,378 students | 34.50 Mi660 Elm Street
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    (802) 828-4060
    34.505,378
  • 1,353 students | 50.90 Mi136 Clinton Point Dr.
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
    (518) 562-4200
    50.901,353
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