New England Culinary Institute

56 College Street, Montpelier, VT 5602

School Details

The New England Culinary Institute is a private, for-profit institute located in Montpelier, Vermont.  Founded in 1980, by Fran Voigt and John Dranow, the curriculum focuses on a hands-on approach “grounded in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management. At NECI, students can complete the Bachelor’s degree program in an estimated 24 months with the flexibility of six different start dates.

The New England Culinary Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. NECI and its faculty also retains affiliations with:

  •     The American Culinary Federation
  •     The American Institute of Wine & Food
  •     The Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
  •     The International Association of Culinary Professionals
  •     The James Beard Foundation, Inc.
  •     The National Restaurant Association
  •     The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  •     Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
NECI offers two Bachelor’s degree programs online:
  •     Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts
  •     Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality and Restaurant Management
In addition, the Institute offers over twenty-five non-degree Continuing Education Courses for educators and culinary professionals seeking further development. Classes contain a wide array of topics, ranging from gardening, finance, wines, and nutrition.

The New England Culinary Institute works to maintain the credibility of its online program by offering the same levels of standards as its in-house program. Quality multimedia engages learners via an online learning portal for assignments and tests, communication, and course information as individuals progress through coursework. The program allows flexible scheduling and faculty respond to questions within 24 hours and offer assignment feedback within a 48 hour time frame. Students enroll in one 5 credit hour class at a time, and complete two courses per semester. The Institute maintains an 18:1 student faculty ratio for its online courses.

Enrollment Specialists guide prospective students through the application process. For entrance into the online Bachelor’s degree programs, students must complete an application, hold an Associate’s degree or other qualifying post-secondary credits from an accredited institution with  official transcripts, complete an interview via telephone, email, or in person, and submit a resume documenting prior experience in the food service/hospitality industry.

All courses at the New England Culinary Institute are offered in 3 or 5 undergraduate degree credits and cost $399 per course credit. NECI supports federal financial aid programs and requests that all students complete a FAFSA form. Students should check with their resident state for additional aid options. In addition, tuition reimbursement programs may be available through employers and NECI offers select scholarships for eligible students with industry experience. NECI also supports veterans through the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program for post-9/11 Veterans, the Fund for Veteran’s Education and Horatio Alger Scholarships. Students should direct all financial issues to the Financial Aid Office.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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  • Calendar System:
    Varies by program



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