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 422 students (80% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 22%.
  • New England Culinary Institute is one of 2 community colleges within Washington County, VT.
  • The nearest community college to New England Culinary Institute is Community College of Vermont (1.7 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 29 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
New England Culinary Institute(VT) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsLess than 2 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty29 staff81 staff
New England Culinary Institute Total Faculty (2014-2016)
Number of Programs Offered88

Student Body

  • The student population of New England Culinary Institute has grown by 420% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The New England Culinary Institute diversity score of 0.42 is more than the state average of 0.38. The school's diversity has declined by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment422 students482 students
New England Culinary Institute Total Enrollment (2009-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio15:119:1
New England Culinary Institute Student Staff Ratio (2014-2016)
# Full-Time Students338 students369 students
New England Culinary Institute Full-Time Students (2009-2016)
# Part-Time Students84 students113 students
New England Culinary Institute Part-Time Students (2014-2016)
New England Culinary Institute Enrollment Breakdown VT All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
New England Culinary Institute Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
New England Culinary Institute Asian (2009-2016)
% Hispanic
New England Culinary Institute Hispanic (2009-2016)
% Black
New England Culinary Institute Black (2009-2016)
% White
New England Culinary Institute White (2009-2016)
% Two or more races
New England Culinary Institute More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
New England Culinary Institute Non Resident (2014-2016)
% Unknown races
New England Culinary Institute Ethnicity Breakdown VT All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.420.38
New England Culinary Institute Diversity Score (2009-2016)

Finances and Admission

    % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%78%
    New England Culinary Institute % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2009-2016)
    Median Debt for Graduates--
    Median Debt for Dropouts--
    Source: 2016 (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.

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