Applying to NECI

The admissions process at NECI is the beginning of a student's journey toward his or her education and career goals. Our Admissions team will work individually with incoming students to ensure that they understand all aspects of the NECI educational experience.

As part of the admissions process, we highly recommend that prospective students and their supporting family and friends schedule a tour of the campus. While on tour, you will have an opportunity to learn about NECI’s unique attributes. You will have a chance to see our facilities first-hand; discuss the application process with our admissions team; find out more about financial aid and scholarships and, most importantly, ask current students and Chef-Instructors the questions that are important to you.


To Begin, Start the Application Process Online: Application


Admissions Requirements for Residential Students

NECI has a selective admissions process that evaluates each candidate individually. Applicants are admitted to New England Culinary Institute when they demonstrate to the Admissions Committee an attitude and aptitude for success. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full details regarding the application process.

A group of NECI students on a field trip in Montpelier

Our admissions requirements include:

  • A completed application
  • A High School transcript or GED. Use this form to request your offical transcripts/GED.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from a counselor, instructor, or employer
  • An essay of 500 words is required of all bachelor’s (BA) applicants. (No essay is required to apply to certificate and AOS programs.)


Recommended to accompany your application:

  • A tour of the NECI campus and facilities
  • Resume
  • SAT or ACT scores, if available

Additional documentation can be sent to [email protected].


When reviewing applications, NECI considers the following categories:

  • Industry understanding and experience (e.g., work experience, vocational classes). Please include a resume if relevant.
  • Academics (e.g., GPA, and transcript details)
  • Applicant’s personal history, including interest, motivation, and passion for the industry; extracurricular activities (e.g., team sports, clubs, organizations, community, and volunteer activities); vocational activities (e.g., ProStart, Skills USA, DECA competitions); prior criminal history
  • Online learning aptitude

Please mail transcripts to:

Admissions Department
New England Culinary Institute
7 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

The application review process takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete. All applications are reviewed and rated by NECI's Application Review Committee.


Contact Admissions

Do you have any questions that you need answered? Give us a call or send an email. We will be happy to help you out.

Phone 877.223.6324 or 802.223.6324
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 802.225.3284