How to Get Started

The first step towards your culinary journey begins with a visit of the CIL facilities. See below for open house dates or call us to schedule a private visit.

While we work hard to provide a challenging culinary education, we aim to keep the admission process very simple. The easiest way to apply is to speak with an admissions representative who will help walk you through the application process.

You can also fill out an online application here.
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Schedule an appointment for a personal Interview and Campus Tour

These interviews are conducted Monday-Saturday at various times throughout the day.

Fill the form or call Alicia Orellana at 713-692-0077.


You will be able to tour the LENOTRE®  campus, see the classes in action, taste delicious food, meet fellow students and chef-instructors, discuss course options with the Admissions Advisor, financial aid and scholarship plan.




In the past two years, qualifying students took advantage of more than $2,896,188 in grants and scholarships combined.

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® is highly committed to making your culinary education as affordable as possible. Our costs are usually less expensive than other private colleges, but most importantly, more than 89% of our students receive some form of financial aid. We also have plenty of helpful scholarships too.

Our Financial Aid and Scholarships Advisors will help you understand and navigate through the financial aid process to support your education goals. You will see that paying for college is a partnership that includes you, us, your family and the government.

With our specialty options, we have more than 11 prices to choose from. Until we know more about your career goals and the program that best fits your needs it could be misleading to give you an exact pricing. However, you may also use our financial net calculator to estimate the cost of attendance.

CIL also offers very helpful and interactive Financial Aid Workshops for free to anyone interested. You will have a chance to work with our expert staff to assist you in completing your application for federal grants and loans as well as those for any scholarship opportunities that are available to you.

Non-Degree Seeking Options & Certificates - How to Apply
Select your program from our Certificates and Seminar Options and contact us to discuss the next steps. You will receive a package which includes an enrollment agreement, student catalog and other important information. To secure your seat in the class, you must submit a signed enrollment agreement within 30 days of paying your application fee.
Professional Programs
1. High School Diploma or GED (General Education Development). 2. Official College Transcripts: If you have attended any higher education outside of high school an official transcript is required from each school that you attended. 3. Undergraduate Application for Admission Form 4. Personal interview with an admissions advisor 5. ACCUPLACER Exam: General Info | Study Help | ADA Information 6.Have measurements taken for your uniforms at the boutique 7. I.D. picture 8. A tour of our campus 9. A $50 application fee 10. Any other information or forms that have been requested from you in order to complete your admission/enrollment process.
International Students
CIL is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students under a M-1 or F-1 visa. International students must demonstrate competence in English Language. If you do not have the level at the time of enrollment, do not worry! We have English classes at E.L.I.L. which are free of charge if upon enrolling in a culinary program. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient financial resources necessary to cover the cost of attendance. The diploma course requires international students to have an M-1 visa. While attending school, M-1 students cannot work or be paid for employment. Students may take advantage of unpaid internships to gain experience. International students enrolling in the associate degree course are required to have an F-1 student visa. Students attending on an F-1 visa may be eligible for paid employment on campus after one year; subject to certain restrictions. After attending for 30 weeks, F-1 students may engage in three types of off campus employment. Visit our International Student page for more info. Can’t visit CIL in person? Skype with an admissions counselor for a one-on-one session. Email or call our Admissions team to schedule your meeting at or 713-692-0077.
5 Start Dates A Year:
January 4, March 15, May 24, August 2, October 11
Can’t make the days below? We welcome personal tours!
Contact us today to schedule your visit.

Tour hours are: Mon-Thurs (8:00am-6pm), Fri (9am-3pm), Sat (9am-3pm)
Contact our admissions team right away!
For More Information
Alicia Orellana
Or Call us Toll-Free,
1.888.LENOTRE® (536-6873)
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