Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private career-oriented university with its main campus in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded as a business school in 1914 by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, JWU currently has 12,930 graduate, undergraduate, and online students enrolled in arts & sciences, business, culinary arts, engineering & design, food systems, health & wellness, hospitality, media communications, travel & tourism, and sustainable practices across its campuses.


JWU currently has six academic units: College of Business, College of Culinary Arts, College of Hospitality, College of Health & Wellness, College of Engineering & Design and the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences. The Providence campus is home to the College of Business, the Hospitality College, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Engineering & Design. This campus is home to several additional academic units: the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School and the College of Culinary Arts. t also has the School of Education, which offers specialized master's and doctoral degree programs. Students just entering the field can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. Program), and current teachers can earn a Masters of Education degree (M.Ed.). For current teachers who want to advance their degree, there is a doctoral program where they can earn their Ed.D. Johnson & Wales University also offers 11 online bachelor's degrees and nine online master's degree programs.

Accreditation & Statistics
The university is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.


Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay. The city is the third most populous city in New England after Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts.


Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became noted for its textile manufacturing and subsequent machine tool, jewelry, and silverware industries. Today, the city of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning which have shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains some manufacturing activity.

Much of Providence culture is synonymous with the culture of Rhode Island as a whole. Like the state, the city has a non-rhotic accent that can be heard on local media. Providence also shares Rhode Island's affinity for coffee, with the most coffee and doughnut shops per capita of any city in the country. Providence is also reputed to have the highest number of restaurants per capita of major U.S. cities, many of which are founded or staffed by Johnson & Wales University graduates. The gateway arch over Atwells Avenue is a Federal Hill landmark. A sculpture of a pignoli cluster hangs from the center. Providence has several ethnic neighborhoods, notably Federal Hill and the North End (Italian), Fox Point (Portuguese), West End (mainly Central American and Asians), and Smith Hill (Irish with miscellaneous enclaves of other groups). There are also many dedicated community organizations and arts associations located in the city.

Providence has a humid continental climate, bordering a humid subtropical climate with hot summers, cold winters, and high humidity year-round. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean keeps the state of Rhode Island warmer than many inland locales in New England. January is the coldest month with a daily mean of 29.2 °F (−1.6 °C) and low temperatures dropping to 10 °F (−12 °C) or lower an average of 11 days per winter, while July is the warmest month with a daily mean of 73.5 °F (23.1 °C) and highs rising to 90 °F (32 °C) or higher an average of 10 days per summer.

Housing & Dining

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.

Work Study

Off campus employment may be available to some international students, depending on immigration status. 
Extracurricular ActivitiesMore than 8,500 JWU students live, work and play in Providence’s dynamic city center. Life at our flagship campus is nonstop, with: 100+ student-run clubs and organizations, Social events like Wildcat 5K After Dark, Spirit Week, comedians, bands and world-class speakers, and 24 varsity sports competing at NCAA Division III level. The city is equally vibrant, with a thriving arts and music scene, professional sports and access to 400 miles of nearby coastline.

Sports, Recreation & Healthcare
The Wildcat Recreation and Fitness centers are committed to enhancing the student bodies holistic approach to wellness through multi-faceted offerings in health education, exercise, and recreational activities. True Treadmills, True Upright Recumbent Bicycles, Life Fitness Free Climbers, Cybex Hammer Strength Free Weights Equipment, Cybex Eagle Selectorized Circuit, Precor (Icarian Line) Plate Loaded & Abdominal pieces, Star Trac Max Rack, UMAX Dumbbells, & more! Health Services provides basic health care for students. We emphasize prevention of health problems and offer direct health services on campus, combined with referrals to hospitals and specialists when needed. All students regardless of insurance carrier may utilize our health service clinics at no cost. Counseling Services is a confidential resource for students where they can access support to help manage their emotional well being. Services offered include short term-individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach educational programs, and referrals. Providence is served by multiple, world-class hospital systems.


Total Avg cost tuition Per Year $ 34376
Total Avg cost of living per year $ 12820
Application Fee $ 360
Total Cost $ 47556


Estimated cost:

Health Insurance = $1998

Books and supplies = $1800

Scholarship = $500 - $15000 per year