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Johnson & Wales University

Providence, Rhode Island, United States
An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. 

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



Johnson & Wales University 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. Today the university is offering a variety of new degree programs that reflect the growing industries of tomorrow.


The university offer an optimal blend of intellectual development, industry-focused education, résumé-building work experiences, community and leadership opportunities, and an uncommon depth of career services.

At Johnson & Wales, experience is the difference. This means that experiential learning is much more than an internship tacked onto a major. It’s woven into all aspects of our education, in and out of the classroom. You won’t just learn theory. You’ll turn it into real world practice. You’ll work on real world projects in class, in our industry specific learning labs, and sometimes with real companies.


Work with the center to find external funding for your research, develop manuscripts for submission to journals and produce papers to present at state, regional and national conferences.


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.

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Student services

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.

Housing services

You’ll find a welcoming, close-knit community and active social life at each of our 4 campuses. Pursue your passions through dozens of student clubs and athletic options, fun events, world class speakers and more. At Johnson & Wales, we’re focused on providing you amazing experiences today to create a more amazing future tomorrow.

Library services

Johnson & Wales University's 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, e-books, articles, images, videos, and websites plus the support of librarians and information specialists on campus or online.

Medical services

Johnson & Wales University health services are available in four locations: 

  • Providence
  • North Miami
  • Denver
  • Charlotte

Walk-in daily to see a registered nurses who can help with minor injuries, illnesses and triage. 

A physician is available twice weekly by appointment. 

Consultation with the medical director is available as needed.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

JWU Wildcat Athletics strives to provide an exceptional educational experience through a holistic approach where championship intercollegiate athletic competition, intramurals, recreation, fitness and wellness programs are a part of the co-curriculum inspiring professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.

Student clubs

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!


Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. This accreditation encompasses the university’s 4 campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina, and its online programs.

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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