Johnson & Wales University Review

Johnson and Wales University is a private, career-focused university founded in Providence, Rhode Island. JWU's main campus is located in Providence, with additional campus locations in Denver, Charlotte, North Miami and Charleston. JWU is well-known for it's culinary arts and hospitality programs.

Johnson and Wales University Overview

Johnson and Wales University opened in 1914 as a business school; it was founded by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales. Over the years, it's branched out from its original location to include three additional campuses, each of which have career-focused programs in hospitality, culinary arts and technology. Today, JWU offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in programs such as hotel management, criminal justice, nutrition and marketing communications.

JWU's Providence campus has more than 10,000 students and is home to the School of Technology, Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School and John Hazen White School of Arts and Sciences. The university also offers online classes and will introduce its first two fully online degree programs in the fall of 2010.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Students can apply to JWU using the schools online admission application or with the Universal College Application. Paper-based applications can also be submitted through the mail. In addition, students must submit copies of their transcripts and proof of graduation (final transcript) and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Campus Learning Environment and Facilities

Students enrolled at the College of Culinary Arts will have access to three culinary labs, a 165-seat demonstration kitchen and a wine and beverage lab. Culinary students can also use the culinary computer lab, which has 156 computers complete with nutrition and menu-planning software. Other special facilities include an equine center (used by the equine studies program) and 20 cross-platform computer labs designed for students enrolled at the School of Technology.

Because of its career focus, JWU combines academics with work experience opportunities and community service. Classes are relatively small, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 27:1.

Johnson and Wales University Colleges, Schools and Programs Information

  • College of Business
  • The Hospitality College
  • College of Culinary Arts
  • Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School
  • John Hazen White School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Technology
  • School of Education
  • Criminal Justice Program
  • Center for Equine Studies

Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone Number: (800) 342-5598