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Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private, nonprofit NEASC-accredited institution. Their unique educational model is designed to inspire its students’ professional success and lifelong intellectual growth. More than 17,000 students, hailing from nearly 100 countries, are making their careers happen through the university’s 40+ undergraduate, graduate, online, continuing education and accelerated programs in the arts & sciences, business, culinary arts, hospitality, technology and education.

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Johnson & Wales University students are ready to do what it takes to be the best in their career field, and they’re ready to start now.  To help improve the institution, JWU has instituted programs in which students learn by doing, applying skills in real-world settings; since its inception in 1914, Johnson & Wales University has understood the importance of hands-on education and has thus made it a part of all of their educational programs.

Johnson & Wales University stays ahead of the rest of the competition by constantly striving to improve the university. The school and faculty does this by refining their programs, anticipating industry changes and making JWU a learning laboratory for students and faculty who are passionate about their careers and industry.

The unique educational model employed by JWU is designed to help students identify their potential career field. Through this model, students can develop a structured plan, starting with their first term, to build industry knowledge, professional skills and practical work experiences designed to help them excel.

Students at Johnson & Wales University learn to compile a toolkit that serves them for life. The school’s education model integrates academics and professional skills, including real-world projects in their hands-on labs, taught by a team of faculty and staff that are experts in their respective industries.

For students who are seeking to round out their education with related work experiences and structured internships around the globe, along with career services, community service and leadership opportunities, Johnson & Wales University is definitely the place to start.

That’s why the university’s nearly 90,000 alumni from 140 countries chose JWU, and why so many of the school’s graduates are defining career success today.

Johnson & Wales University boasts four campuses, located in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Each of these campuses offers the same JWU education, adding their own unique energy, weather, and a city that feels right to the students who attend there—close to the industries and work experience opportunities that best fit their goals.

Johnson & Wales University: Mission & Guiding Principles

Johnson & Wales University offers an exceptional educational experience that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.

In support of their mission, and recognizing the importance of preserving their unique student-centered culture, the school is guided by the following principles:

  • Undertake continuous improvement and planning for a sustainable future
  • Foster a teaching-focused university that encourages appropriate scholarship and offers relevant programs that maximize student potential
  • Enrich their academic programs with experiential and work-integrated learning
  • Be cost-conscious in their endeavor to provide an affordable private university education and be a good steward of their resources
  • Embrace diversity for a richly inclusive community
  • Model ethical behavior and local, national and global citizenship
  • Value their faculty and staff by investing in their quality of life and professional development
  • Provide facilities, technology and other resources to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff 

Johnson & Wales University: Essential Learning Outcomes

University Essential Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Competence.  Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to succeed in their chosen profession.  
  • Foundation for Lifelong Learning.  Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning, including competence in communication, critical and creative thinking, quantitative and scientific reasoning, and the ability to evaluate, integrate, and apply knowledge from multiple perspectives when making decisions and solving problems.
  • Global and Community Citizenship.  Graduates will demonstrate the necessary skills, including an awareness of ethical responsibility and cultural/ global diversity, to live and work collaboratively as contributing members of society.

Johnson & Wales University: Building Their Campus Communities

Johnson & Wales University improves the quality of life in each of their four campus cities through their commitments to community service, economic development and urban revitalization.
The graduates and students of Johnson & Wales University also make strong contributions to regional economies both as skilled members of the workforce and as entrepreneurs.

Community Service

A priority at Johnson & Wales University is developing students who have the skills and training to be leaders in industry and in their communities.  As an example, in the 2012-13 school year, JWU students performed more than 240,000 hours of community service.
Johnson & Wales University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—the highest federal recognition that institutions of higher education can receive for supporting community service and service-learning programs — every year since the award was instituted.

Community Collaborations

Through a range of business and community collaborations, Johnson & Wales University supports public schools and a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in each of their campus markets, as well as environmental organizations and police and fire departments.

Business & Economic Development

Since the year 2000, Johnson & Wales University has invested nearly $400 million in construction and renovation projects across its four campuses.  
At the campus level, spending in these areas supported regional job markets, creating nearly 3,800 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Rhode Island, 743 FTE jobs in Florida, 545 FTE jobs in Colorado and 580 FTE jobs in North Carolina.
In addition to having a strong overall economic impact, Johnson & Wales University is also committed to historic renovation and urban revitalization.

All Programs Available:
  • Business
    • Business Administration
  • Computing
    • Information Technology
  • Education
    • Education
  • Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
  • Finance
    • Accounting
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
    • Hotel Management
  • Humanities
    • Humanities
  • Occupational Training
    • Culinary Arts
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Language Courses and Cultural Immersion Programs
  • Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
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Type of school

Public University


+(401) 598-1074


8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, Rhode Island, The United States, 02903


Johnson & Wales University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEAS&C), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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