How to Get Started

The first step towards your culinary journey begins with a visit to the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college. See our 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.

CIL has hybrid online education combined with in-person labs to give you flexibility and efficiency.

Online Pre-Application Form

Step 1

Contact us and schedule a visit
or come to an open house!

Schedule an appointment for a personal Interview and campus tour. These interviews are conducted Monday to Saturday at various times. Fill out the Online Pre-Application form or call Admissions at 713-358-5055.

You can also come to an open house, where you will be able to tour the campus, see classes in action, taste delicious food, meet fellow students and chef-instructors, and discuss course options, financial aid and scholarships.

Step 2

Meet with financial aid advisors.

Our financial aid and scholarship advisors will help you understand and navigate 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.

Step 3

Start Classes.

Select the program that suits your needs and contact us to discuss the next steps for your enrollment. Welcome to the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college!


Tuition & Costs

In the past two years, qualifying students took advantage of more than $2,945,366 in grants and scholarships combined.

The CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® journey 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 scholarships too.

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.

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® students also have access to interactive financial aid workshops for free to anyone interested. You will have a chance to work with our expert staff to complete your application for federal grants and loans as well apply 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 that 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.

Hands On Seminars

Professional Programs

Policies & Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED (General Education Development).
  • 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.
  • Undergraduate application for admission form
  • Personal interview with an admissions advisor
  • ACCUPLACER Exam: General Info | Study Help | ADA Information
  • Have measurements taken for your uniforms at the boutique
  • ID picture
  • A tour of our campus
  • A $50 application fee
  • Any other information or forms that have been requested from you in order to complete your admission/enrollment process.

International Students

The CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college 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, which are free of charge 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 the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® location in person? Skype with an admissions counselor for a one-on-one session. Contact our admissions team to schedule your meeting at [email protected] or 713-358-5055.

International Students

Request Information

Complete the following form, and an admissions representative will contact you with information on how we can help you turn your passion into your profession.



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