About Johnson & Wales University
One University…Four Great Cities (Johnson & Wales University)
Founded in 1914 in Providence, R.I., Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has acquired a world renowned reputation for it’s excellence in education, faculty and facilities. With its campuses in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C., JWU is recognized as one of the most distinguished career focused institutions in the United States. No matter what the career goal is, JWU will be the passport to a successful future! Our graduates can be found working for some of the most important companies in the business, hospitality, culinary arts and technology based industries, not just in the US, but around the world. “Critics who say college doesn’t prepare you for the REAL WORLD haven’t seen Johnson & Wales.” – Newsweek
Providence is consistently voted as one of the country’s best places to live. Our Providence Campus allows students to study in a vibrant campus community in an area that has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the U.S.
North Miami, Fla.:
Our North Miami Campus is located in the heart of North Miami, between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Get a degree in a trend-setting destination – a hot mix of commerce, arts, cuisine, design, and tourism.
Forbes Magazine rated Denver the second best city to live and work in America. At our Denver Campus students mix with 1,000 other students from across the country and beyond – while enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year!
Our newest campus is a blend of traditional and cutting edge. Located right in the heart of a vibrant city, the Charlotte Campus is a transportation hub, providing students convenient access to virtually any destination.
Johnson & Wales University (JWU), founded in 1914, is a nonprofit, private, accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. Preparing students for successful careers is the cornerstone of the university’s educational philosophy. A benchmark of the university has been its 28 consecutive year employment record – within 60 days of graduation, 98 percent of its domestic students from the 50 states have jobs in their chosen career field. With an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, Johnson & Wales maintains campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo. and Charlotte, N.C.
Enrollment and Class Size:
Johnson & Wales has more than 16,000 students; of these, more than 1,000 are foreign students from more than 89 different countries. The average class size is about 28 students in general courses and 15-20 in major specific classes.
Housing is guaranteed to all undergraduate 1st year students and is provided at the university’s residence halls. Off-campus housing offers graduate students different options to live close to the university. Students can visit different apartments and decide which one they would like to live in based on their needs.
JWU competes in NCAA Division III and is a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. University teams include women’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball, cross country, golf and sailing; men’s soccer, volleyball, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, tennis, cross country, wrestling, golf and sailing.
Depending on the campus, there are many clubs and organizations that students can take advantage of and develop leadership skills. These clubs range from national, international, academic, social as well as fraternities and sororities. The office of student activities also provides students with concerts, comedy shows, professional development workshops, movie nights and cultural activities, all on campus. There are also many off campus events to ensure that students become very familiar with their new home (transportation included).
The university’s philosophy emphasizes learning through real-life experiences such as internships and co-ops, in addition to classroom learning. For many years, the university has been building relationships with some of the largest and most respected companies around the world, including Microsoft, Ford, Marriott Hotels, Sony, Disneyland, New York Stock Exchange and more. Relationships such as these with industry assist in making our graduates more desirable candidates when looking for jobs.
The career development office offers a variety of work programs and career services to assist students in obtaining successful employment at graduation and managing continued career success. Programs include an annual Career Conference with more than 250 international and national companies, cooperative education, career planning and placement activities for both current students and alumni.
Office of Student Success:
The goal of the Office of Student Success is to support students in their efforts to develop and maximize their talents, empower them to direct their own learning and lead them to pathways of success. Services include academic, personal and career counseling, coordinated study groups, supplemental instruction and workshops.