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Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible for your desired session.

Due to our small class sizes and limited sessions offered each year, placements at San Francisco Cooking School can be highly competitive.

Enrollment for each session opens one year before the session start date and stays open until the class is full or the class begins.

Professional Culinary Arts

January 2018 Full-Time Session

Begins January 2, 2018
Ends June 22, 2018
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

January 2018 Part-Time Session

Begins January 3, 2018
Ends December 16, 2018
Wed & Thurs, 6pm-10pm
Saturdays, 9am-3pm

May 2018 Full-Time Session

Begins May 1, 2018
Ends October 19, 2018
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

August 2018 Full-Time Session

Begins August 27, 2018
Ends March 1, 2019
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Professional Pastry & Baking Arts

January 2018 Full-Time Session

Begins January 2, 2018
Ends June 22, 2018
Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm

January 2018 Part-Time Session

Begins January 3, 2018
Ends December 15, 2018
Wed & Thurs, 6pm-10pm
Saturdays, 8am-2pm

May 2018 Full-Time Session

Begins May 1, 2018
Ends October 19, 2018
Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm

August 2018 Full-Time Session

Begins August 27, 2018
Ends March 1, 2019
Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm

SFCS draws a wide mix of students from all over the country. While our program has strong appeal amongst career-switchers who have graduated from top colleges, some of our most talented graduates have come directly from high school, or from working the line in restaurants.

However, despite the wide diversity of backgrounds SFCS students hail from, all students admitted to SFCS share a strong work ethic and an insatiable curiosity to learn.

Our rigorous hands-on curriculum demands a high level of commitment in order to get through. If you can’t keep up, you will be left behind.

The actual materials and prerequisites we require for admissions to SFCS may be more stringent than other schools and are fairly limited. However, our admissions process is keenly focused on understanding who you are and why you wish to attend school.
Below is a list of requirements and some of the student attributes we look for to help you determine whether or not SFCS is a match for you.

Requirements

SFCS teaches college-level coursework and, as such, requires that admitted students have a high school or college diploma, or equivalent, prior to the start date of his/her program term. Official transcripts are not required as part of the application but will be required for enrollment.

All applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language at a level adequate for success at SFCS. There is a large amount of verbal communication in class and a strong comprehension level is required to take in all of this information.

Non-U.S. residents are responsible for obtaining a visa before you can be enrolled. More about this in the “International” section of this page, and any questions related to this matter should be directed to admissions staff.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form, signed.
  • Application fee of $50
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (can be submitted to SFCS directly)
  • Personal Essay (400-500 words)
  • Personal interview (in person, or by phone if non-local)

Attributes

Curiosity. We also like the word “passion”, but “curiosity” is really the core trait we look for in our applicants. If your food interest is very narrow and you’re curiosity about food education is very limited then SFCS is not for you. Our program is designed to ingrain a breadth and depth of fundamental technique across an entire discipline (culinary or pastry), and instill culinary intuition. We take it upon ourselves to introduce you to a wide variety of ingredients, cuisines, cooking methods, and career opportunities and the most curious students take advantage of every single minute, craving lots of feedback and bettering themselves every day.

Stamina. SFCS is 100% hands-on. The kitchen is your classroom every single day. With the exception of sitting down for lunch or dinner, you should expect to be standing and cooking all day, everyday. Work in the kitchen is very physical and requires that you have the stamina to keep up. The huge upside of this unique feature of SFCS is that you’ll get tons of hands-on learning to develop into a stronger cook. If the idea of being on your feet cooking everyday doesn’t appeal to you then SFCS may not be what you’re looking for.

Exploration. The student culture at SFCS isn’t about doing the bare minimum to graduate, but about making the most out of every possible learning moment. There’s no better place to be than San Francisco for a food educational experience and we make the most of the “teaching campus” the City has to offer. As a student you will have lots of opportunities to volunteer and participate in programs outside the classroom, including our famed Curiosity Crawl. Think of yourself as part of San Francisco’s food community from your first day of school.

At this time, San Francisco Cooking School does not participate in FAFSA or any other form of government financial aid.

This may change over time, so if you would like to be notified when our policy changes please complete the form below.

Additionally, if you’d like to further discuss any issues related to payment or tuition, please reach out to us.

If you are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, you will need a visa to study at San Francisco Cooking School.

If you already have a visa that allows you to study in a vocational program then you may be able to enroll with no issues. Please evaluate the stipulations on your specific visa carefully before applying as every visa is different.

We are currently unable to help you obtain an M1 student visa, but we expect to have approval to do that very soon.

If you would like to be notified once we have approval and are able to assist you in obtaining an M1 student visa please complete the form below. After you select your country you will be prompted about your visa status and select “Need M1 Student Visa”.

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Enrollment is Open for Full-Time and Part-Time Certificate Programs.
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