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Top Baking and Pastry Schools

Explore some important considerations for choosing a school with a strong program in baking and pastry. Read about three well-regarded schools with programs in this field, and find out what kinds of baking and pastry certificates and degrees each school offers.

What Should I Look For in a Top Baking and Pastry School?

While most training is provided by community and technical colleges, you can find some baking and pastry programs at 4-year schools. Look for schools that offer quality kitchen facilities, internships and study-abroad options. It's also worth determining if schools are regionally or nationally ranked, or if they're accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.

What Are Two Top Baking and Pastry Schools?

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

At Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), the Academy of Culinary Arts offers a 5-semester certificate program for culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. Culinary arts foundation studies are followed by two semesters of baking classes. The program includes a 4-month externship, often in a 4- or 5-star property.

The university offers an advanced program in baking and pastry arts, concluding with a second 4-month externship. Post-graduation training in Switzerland could help students acquire knowledge of European and Swiss standards and earn a European diploma. These programs are offered:

  • Certificate in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts

Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI

Johnson and Wales University was tied for 74th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best northern regional universities in 2019. Students can earn a bachelor's degree or associate degree in baking and pastry arts. The associate degree is also available at the university's other U.S. campuses. Admission to the bachelor's program requires an associate degree in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts.

The Providence campus offers 52 kitchens, labs and other facilities. Three bakeshops include two chocolate and six pastry labs and an artisan bread lab. The 4-year curriculum requires an internship or study-abroad experience. Internship relationships have been established at more than 1,600 sites located in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. These degrees are available:

  • Associate in Science (A.S.) in Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Other Baking and Pastry Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition (2018-2019)*
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Cambridge2-year, PrivateCambridge, MAN/A
Culinary Institute of America4-year, PrivateHyde Park, NY$32,000
Del Mar College2-year, PublicCorpus Christi, TX$4,000
Trident Technical College2-year, PublicCharleston, SC$5,000
Athens Technical College2-year, PublicAtlanta, GA$2,000
Valencia College4-year, PublicOrlando, FL$2,000
Coast Career Institute2-year, PrivateLos Angeles, CAN/A
Sinclair Community College2-year, PublicDayton, OH$4,000
Phoenix College2-year, PublicPhoenix, AZ$2,000
Oakland Community College2-year, PublicBloomfield Hills, MI$4,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education