Can I tour the school?

The school’s construction is still ongoing, so we are currently unable to offer tours. However, we will be hosting information sessions this Fall to share more about the school. Check our events page for more information.

What are the start and end dates for the Spring 2019 semester?

The Spring 2019 semester runs from January 7, 2019 to June 14, 2019, and the Fall Semester runs from July 22, 2019 to December 23, 2019. These dates are listed in the School Catalog PDF.

Is there a deadline to apply for Spring 2019?

Since we operate on a rolling admissions basis, there is no specific deadline to apply for our Spring 2019 class. However, since we may need up to 90 days to review and process your completed application, we recommend you complete it (including the submission of transcripts and immunization records) no later than September 30, 2018.

What does the Tuition and Fees cover?

The $14,000 tuition goes towards the costs of the 20-week certificate program. The additional fees cover the cost of the student uniform, toolkit (e.g., knives) and textbook that NOCHI will provide to admitted students.

NOCHI does not provide student housing, medical, legal, childcare or transportation services. However, we expect to be able to refer students to providers of these services later this year. Check our Student Services page for more information.

Does NOCHI accept veterans’ assistance or other federal financial aid?

Federal student aid, including veteran’s assistance, will not be available in 2019, but we will keep our Tuition and Fees page updated with information on student loans, scholarship opportunities, and more.

What is the time requirement for the certificate programs?

NOCHI’s certificate programs are short but intensive. Certificate program students will attend classes Monday through Friday, for six and a half hours per day, for a total of 643.5 clock hours of instruction over 100 days. The class hours for Spring 2019 will be confirmed later this year but might run from 7am-2pm and/or 3pm-10pm (includes a 30-minute break).

My school prefers to send official transcripts and diplomas on paper directly through the mail. Is this acceptable? Where should they be sent?

Yes, NOCHI accepts transcripts that are submitted online or by mail. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

1527 Third Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
ATTN: Admissions

I don’t know my vaccination history and/or my doctor can’t locate my vaccination records. What should I do?

NOCHI requires documentation for vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus-diphtheria for all students born on or after January 1, 1957. If the records are missing or unavailable, a student can take a titers blood test, which will confirm vaccination history. NOCHI will accept the results of a titers blood test if it confirms required vaccinations have been done.

Can any of the courses be completed online?

Currently, none of NOCHI’s courses are offered online. Our program is designed to give students hands-on experience in the kitchen and classroom with expert instructors.

I have no relevant work experience. Will that negatively affect my application?

This program is specifically designed to give students the skills they need to begin a culinary career. While industry experience may be helpful, it is not required. If you have the interest and drive, we encourage you to apply!

If I started but did not complete a degree at another university, should I include that on the application?

Our application asks potential students to list all institutions where they have taken courses for credit regardless of program completion. Please include this information on your application. You should mark this information as “degree not completed” on your application.

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