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Johnson & Wales University-Providence

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Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private, nonprofit higher education institution that offers both undergraduate and graduate study in business-oriented fields. It serves more than 10,000 students at its largest campus location in Providence, Rhode Island. As a career preparation institution, it seeks to prepare students for the working world by teaching them necessary and useful skills.


JWU offers a variety of practical courses on four campuses – Providence, RI; Miami, FL; Denver, CO; and Charlotte, NC; as well as online. Many majors are offered on all four campuses, but the widest variety is offered at Providence because the other three campuses are smaller and more specialized. Providence is also the only campus that offers graduate degree programs. That is why it’s important for students to keep their specific course interests in mind when applying; prospective students should be sure that the campus they wish to attend offers the program they need.


The school was founded in 1914 by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales as a business institution. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the university began with an exclusively business curriculum and began offering associate’s degrees in 1963. Baccalaureate and graduate accreditations were added in 1970 and 1980, respectively.

The university has continued to expand both its campus locations and its academic programs. In 1973, the school expanded its hospitality and food service offerings by opening the College of Culinary Arts. In 1984, it expanded its reach to Charleston, SC, with a campus that focuses on food service, travel-tourism, and hospitality. An additional campus in Norfolk, VA, opened in 1986 to offer food service programs. The graduate degree program was established in 1985.


Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in a variety of career fields and technical programs. The University is broken into six academic groups:

  • College of Business
  • College of Culinary Arts
  • The Hospitality College
  • School of Technology
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate Programs

A seventh group, continuing education, is offered based on availability and does not comprise a full degree program.

Students have the opportunity to begin hands-on work in their desired career path right from the first day of class. As a career-preparatory institution, programs are offered that teach students the practical, technical realities of specific industries. For example, students in the School of Technology can major in computer programming, robotic engineering technology, network engineering, and more. Similarly, students of The Hospitality College can major in hotel and lodging management, travel-tourism and hospitality management, culinary arts and food service management, and many others. Each track is highly specialized, so students will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of their chosen industries.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the fields of business, education, and criminal justice management have been developed. The MBA allows business professionals to further their careers through specialized concentrations in accounting and hospitality, preparation for the CPA exam, and fast tracks that let students earn their degree sooner.

The graduate program in education is the largest graduate degree program, offering both master’s and doctoral degrees. Education students have the opportunity to to be certified through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program or the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (MEd) program, or even extend their studies into a doctoral dissertation with real life applications in the Doctorate of Education (EdD) program.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management gives students the skills and the qualifications to pursue top level criminal justice careers at all levels of government.

All of the graduate programs are offered on a flexible nighttime or weekend schedule to accommodate working students.

Honors Program

The Honors program offers students enhanced classes with more rigorous coursework and greater depth. Potential honors students must score at least the national average on the SAT or a minimum of 42 for the ACT total composite. They must also have taken two college-level mathematics courses and a college-level English course and graduate in the top 25% of their class.

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Students at all levels are accepted, from high school juniors in early enrollment programs to adults who are continuing their education long after graduating from high school. To begin your application, visit the Admissions and Aid page on their website, then select the appropriate application type from the menu on the left.

First-year undergraduates can apply by completing the online admissions application or by printing the application and submitting it by mail. Students who wish to receive scholarships must also submit any high school and college transcripts in full. All students must provide provide proof of high school completion.

All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online. This form determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. It is also a required supplementary material for many third-party loan and scholarship applications.


Students come from all over the country and around the world to attend this campus. The largest campus, Providence, enrolls students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. All four campuses – Providence, North Miami, Denver, and Charlotte – welcome a large number of international students each year. The campus diversity helps to build a stronger career education that integrates international awareness.

Students also have many opportunities to get involved. They can live on campus, eat meals in the dining halls, and participate in campus-wide events, regardless of which of the four campuses they attend. Students that wish to be even more active can join one of the many available clubs and organizations, which offer activities from athletic clubs to student government. Clubs and organizations vary from campus to campus, so be sure to check out your particular location’s options!

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of the many student services offered by JWU. Students have full access to guidance and mentoring services like career counseling, technical support, medical needs, and general advice. Students services can be particularly helpful for international students: staff members are ready to assist with everything from applying for a visa to acclimating to the local area.

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Information Summary

Ranks 9th in Rhode Island and 1646th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 14 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.06
Robbery 3 0.03
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 5 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 29 0.27

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1193rd for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Providence, RI 02903-3703
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population9,342 (9,342 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,299 (1.68 people per house)
Median Household Income$14,095
Families998 (2.86 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4402

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 577th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $27,156 $27,156 $27,156
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $180 $180 $180
FT Graduate Tuition $10,530 $10,530 $10,530
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $390 $390 $390
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $41,461 $41,461 $41,461
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,821 $35,821 $35,821
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $31,321 $31,321 $31,321

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $25,407 $26,412 $25,407 $26,412 $25,407 $26,412
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,314 $10,728
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,250 $2,065
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $4,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,065
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,065

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 12,364 (4,610 male / 7,754 female)
Admitted 9,399 (3,480 male / 5,919 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 2,093 (792 male / 1,301 female)
FT Enrollment 2,058 (771 male / 1,287 female)
PT Enrollment 35 (21 male / 14 female)
Total Enrollment10,369

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,981
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 478 190 203 72 5 1,384 825 3,175
Accounting 7 7 6 1 30 14 65
Advertising 3 4 3 26 6 42
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 6 11 32 5 195 81 334
Business Administration and Management, General 68 16 14 3 111 66 278
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 121 2 5 18 35 181
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 1 5 7 15
Computer Graphics 2 4 2 2 18 9 37
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 2 1 12 1 17
Computer Software Engineering 1 1 1 2 5
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 1 1 2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 1 3 2 6 8 22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 1 2
Counseling Psychology 1 1
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 14 9 2 33 29 87
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 38 52 65 27 4 401 166 764
Education, Other 14 35 49
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 3 2 7
Engineering, Other 2 3 4 3 12
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 1 9 7 19
Equestrian/Equine Studies 1 10 11 22
Fashion Merchandising 4 10 4 58 14 91
Finance, General 9 1 2 2 8 13 35
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 29 23 18 10 158 119 358
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 1 2 3
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management 2 1 3
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 18 2 8 2 31 21 82
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 81 2 2 1 5 13 104
Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations 1 1
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 63 3 3 3 45 34 151
Information Science/Studies 1 3 1 4 7 16
International Business/Trade/Commerce 8 1 3 1 5 7 25
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 8 2 1 34 12 62
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 7 16 10 3 92 65 193
Restaurant/Food Services Management 2 5 5 38 24 74
Robotics Technology/Technician 1 2 1 5
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 2 2 4
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 983rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,111 ($74,845 male / $68,272 female)
Number of FT Faculty 298 (173 male / 125 female)
Number of PT Faculty 544
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $13,329,692

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