Johnson & Wales University (JWU) was founded as a business school in 1914 in Providence, Rhode Island, by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales. From its origins as a school devoted to business education, JWU has grown to a junior college, senior college, and ultimately university status.
An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.
Institutional Research engages university stakeholders with quality and timely information, analysis, and education relative to institutional data for the purpose of advancing a culture of inquiry and continuous improvement.
As advocates for a collaborative and reflective process of organizational learning, Institutional Research actively supports universitywide planning, decision-making, accreditation, and assessment activities, while also coordinating submission of required reports to external agencies and organizations concerning students and employees.
At JWU, we’re dedicated to building careers. Our approach is designed to help you identify a field of interest and acquire the knowledge, hands-on experience, internships and network to excel in that field. Take advantage of our career education, both inside and outside the classroom, and develop the skills to compete in the global economy.
Student Services at JWU provides personal and professional development support for students across various aspects of campus life, from academic support to meals and housing, health services, and involvement in campus programs and student organizations.
JWU offers a variety of living options, including halls with private or common bathrooms, suites and apartment-style units. Depending on the hall, occupancy in each suite or apartment-style unit ranges from one to six residents. Each building offers something uniquely different to meet the needs of every resident.
Occupancy options vary by hall, with choices ranging from one to six residents.
All residence halls are smoke free.
The Downcity Campus, located in the heart of Providence, houses students enrolled in the Arts & Sciences, Business, Hospitality, and Technology programs.
The Harborside Campus primarily houses students enrolled in the College of Culinary Arts.
The JWU Providence Library gives students the space and tools they need to navigate and synthesize today's complex world of information, providing access to a wide range of scholarly, literary and trade publications, including books, eBooks, articles, images, videos, and websites plus the support of librarians and information specialists on campus or online.
We emphasize prevention of health problems and offer direct health services on campus, combined with referrals to hospitals and specialists when needed.
All student (resident and commuters) regardless of insurance carrier may utilize our health service clinics at no cost.
Johnson & Wales University operates campuses in four locations:
In Providence, the university revitalized close to 100 acres of waterfront alongside our Harborside Campus.
In North Miami, the school purchased the closed North Miami General Hospital and began the steady transformation of a disparate collection of buildings into a campus community.
In Denver the campus focal point, historic Treat Hall, is being fully renovated into a multi-use student services building to be called Centennial Hall.
In Charlotte, JWU moved to a blighted area being redeveloped; today the campus encompasses 8 buildings on 13 acres in Uptown Charlotte.
Do what you love at JWU! Choose from 100+ student clubs ranging from Ad Club to Anime, ballroom dancing to Quidditch. It’s easy to start your own, too!
JWU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The nation’s oldest regional accrediting association, NECHE accredits educational institutions internationally. This accreditation encompasses the university’s four campuses.