Johnson & Wales University

8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI

Campus image of Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University, commonly referred to as JWU, is a private institution that offers unique educational opportunities to over 17,000 students annually. The school has four campuses located in Florida, Rhode Island, Colorado, and North Carolina.  The school was founded in 1914 in Providence, by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales to provide a business education. Over the years the school has expanded its locations and offerings, eventually receiving accreditation to offer undergraduate and graduate files.

Students at JWU will be able to choose from a variety of programs to begin their education. The school’s dedication to career preparation is a cornerstone of its educational offerings. Skill development and training is part of the curriculum taught by educated and experienced professionals in order to provide the best education possible. Programs are augmented by internship and other opportunities that provide practical experience to assist in future employment.

Programs offered include:

  • Business
  • Culinary Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Hospitality
  • Equine Studies

Providence Location

The Providence branch of Johnson & Wales University is located at 8 Abbott Park Place. Close to three thousand students graduate from this campus each year. This location provides services for students in the form of job placement options for students after graduation, career counseling for students in need of assistance, and remedial education courses for program or licensure preparation. Students may learn more, including the school's consumer disclosures, by visiting

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates Johnson & Wales University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Johnson & Wales University is around 9,500 students, with undergraduate students making up about 93% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $32,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Per unit charges are around $220 for part time students

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships99%$14,904
Receiving Student Loans91%$13,476

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Johnson & Wales University may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Johnson & Wales University is approximately 58%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years38%
Graduating in 5 Years8%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program
    • * Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 2000)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Johnson & Wales University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Great Northeast Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Great Northeast Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Sailing

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Personal and Culinary Services


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Johnson & Wales University for official up-to-date information.

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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