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Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University
Established 1914 in Providence, Rhode Island
Type Private, nonprofit
Endowment $240.3 million[1]
Chancellor John Bowen
Students 16,095 (total)

Founding Campus:
Providence, Rhode Island

Subsidiary Campus:
Cranston, Rhode Island

Regional Campuses:
North Miami, Florida (1992)
Denver, Colorado (2000)
Charlotte, North Carolina (2004)
Campus Urban
Athletics 16 Varsity Teams
Colors Blue & White          
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Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is an American private, nonprofit, co-educational, career-oriented university with four regional campuses located throughout the United States. Providence, Rhode Island is home to JWU's first and largest campus. Founded as a business school in 1914 by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, JWU currently has 17,230 students enrolled in Business, Arts & Sciences, Culinary Arts, Education, Engineering, Equine management, Hospitality, and Engineering Technology programs across its campuses.[2]

The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.[3]


Johnson & Wales University operates campuses in four locations: the founding Providence, Rhode Island campus housing JWU's business, hospitality, and technology programs (called Downcity and opened in 1914) with a subsidiary campus housing JWU's culinary and graduate programs (called Harborside and opened in 1985) in Cranston, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida (opened in 1992); Denver, Colorado (opened in 2000); and Charlotte, North Carolina (opened in 2004). (Two previous campuses in Charleston, South Carolina (opened in 1984) and Norfolk, Virginia (opened in 1986), were gradually consolidated into the Charlotte campus, starting in September 2003 and ending in May 2006 with the closures of the Norfolk and Charleston campuses).


JWU currently has four academic units at four of its campuses: the College of Business, the College of Culinary Arts, the Hospitality College, and the School of Arts & Sciences.[4][5][6][7]

The Providence Downcity campus is home to the College of Business, the Hospitality College, the School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Technology.[8] The Providence Harborside campus is home to several additional academic units: the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School and the College of Culinary Arts.[9] The Providence Harborside campus is also home to the School of Education, which offers specialized master's and doctoral degree programs.[10] 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 is well known for its Culinary Arts program but was first founded as Business and Hospitality programs. The university is the largest food service educator in the world. JWU is one of the top three Hospitality Colleges, according to the 2010 rankings released by the American Universities Admissions Program, which ranks of American universities according to their international reputation.[11] JWU is home to 39th largest College of Business in the United States. The university offers a wide variety of degrees, including Accounting, Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Equine Studies/Equine Business Management & Riding, Management, Marketing, Criminal Justice, Entrepreneurship, Hotel & Lodging Management, and Sports/Entertainment/Event Management. The Providence Downcity campus offers 2 and 4 years degree programs in technology such as Network Engineering, Electronics & Robotics Engineering, Computer Programming, and Graphic Design.

JWU's academic year is divided into three trimesters, each 11 weeks long, where the standard fall and spring semesters are replaced with fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Classes are also offered during the summer months creating a fourth academic period. This results in an earlier spring break and a typical summer break from May to September. During fall, winter, and spring terms, students usually take three to four courses a term. Students in the Culinary program are enrolled in five nine-day lab sessions, which take place Monday through Thursday each week. Such courses are only available for full-time students.

Degree offerings

JWU offers the following degrees at its five campuses:

Degrees Offered at Johnson & Wales University Campuses
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Professional Studies
Counseling Psychology (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D DEN
Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN
Equine Business Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Equine Business Management / Riding (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
M.S. in Criminal Justice Management PVD-H
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership PVD-H
College of Arts & Sciences, School of Science & Liberal Arts
Liberal Studies (Bachelor of Arts) PVD-D DEN
Media & Communication Studies (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D DEN
M.S. in Counseling PVD-H
College of Management, School of Business
Accounting (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Business Administration (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
Creative Advertising (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Entrepreneurship (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
Finance (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Food Service Entrepreneurship (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H
International Business (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI CLT
Management Accounting (Bachelor of Science) CLT
Marketing (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D NMI CLT
Strategic Advertising (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
M.B.A. - Accounting PVD-H
M.B.A. - Hospitality PVD-H DEN
M.B.A. - Information Technology PVD-H
College of Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry Arts (Associate in Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Baking & Pastry Arts (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H
Culinary Arts (Associate in Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Culinary Nutrition (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H DEN
Food Service Entrepreneurship (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H
College of Management, School of Hospitality
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Hotel & Lodging Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
International Hotel & Tourism Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D CLT
Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
Sports/Entertainment/Event Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
Travel-Tourism & Hospitality Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI
School of Engineering & Design
Business/Information Systems Analysis (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Computer Programming (Associate in Science) PVD-D
Computerized Drafting (Associate in Science) PVD-D
Electronics Engineering (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Engineering Design & Configuration Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Graphic Design & Digital Media (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Network Engineering (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Robotic Engineering Technology (Associate in Science) PVD-D
Software Engineering (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Center for Physician Assistant Studies
M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies PVD-H

NOTE: CLT refers to the Charlotte, NC campus; DEN to the Denver, CO campus; NMI to the North Miami, FL campus; PVD-D to the Providence, RI Downcity campus, which is in Providence proper; and PVD-H refers to the Providence Harborside campus, which is in Cranston, RI.

Financial literacy

Johnson & Wales created the "University Default Task Force" to deal with the challenge of promoting financial literacy to all students throughout the 4 campuses in a consistent manner. After evaluating many different financial literacy programs, the committee chose iGrad, a web-based financial literacy program with modules, articles, games and videos.[12]

Campus facilities

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Treat Hall on the Denver campus.

In addition to the on-campus academic buildings and dorms, the university also operates hotels used as practicum education facilities for the university's Hotel & Lodging Management, Food Service Management, and Culinary Arts degree programs. The facilities include the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport in Warwick (within fifteen minutes of the university's Providence campus); and the Bay Harbor Inn & Suites, located in Miami Beach. The university also owns the Doubletree Hotel Charlotte-Gateway Village at the Charlotte Campus.

The Wildcat Center is the athletic facility of Johnson & Wales University. Denver was the only campus to have that name official, until last year when the Providence campus renamed its gym as well (formerly the Harborside Recreation Center). It is home to the athletic program of this branch of the university, and was home to the ABA's Colorado Storm in 2004. In Denver, Wildcat Center is located at the northwest part of the Johnson & Wales campus. The Wildcat Centers, now fully renovated as of the summer of 2009, are NAIA and NCAA regulation size and seats over 600. In Denver the fitness center has tripled in size, and the locker rooms have increased from 2 to 4 to accommodate game day needs as well as general use.[13] The Providence Wildcat Center is located on the Harborside Campus, and feature many similar features. The fitness center is already large enough, twice the size of the downtown center.

Providence also now features the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex plays host to Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Field Hockey, located on the Harborside campus.

Greek life

Providence campuses

The Providence Downcity and Harborside campuses currently offers membership in 15 fraternities and sororities as well as one social fellowship. These are organized within four groups who act as the governing bodies; the InterFraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council (PHC), the United Cultural Council (UCC), and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). While all of these organizations are nationally or internationally affiliated, the university oversees the Greek community on campus. Not recognized by the university, the Providence Campuses are also home to a number of "off-campus" fraternities. Deeply rooted in tradition, some of these organizations make up the origins of Greek life at the university and continue to exist and recruit new members without the sanction of the school.



Social fellowships or other

North Miami campus



Denver campus

The Denver Campus currently offers membership in one sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau.

Charlotte Campus




The teams of all campuses of Johnson & Wales University are athletically known as the Wildcats.

Willie T. Wildcat[14] (better known as Wildcat Willie) is the official costumed mascot. The suit was redesigned and revealed at the annual family weekend on October 16, 2013 as an early start to the school's centennial year (2014). Previously the costumes had been very different across the four campuses, but the new design replaced all former costumes. The new design came from Devon Tsinzo (Providence Class Of 2015) when she won the redesign contest. The new mascot was made by BAM! Mascots. Willie appears at home games, alumni events, and other special events. He is played by multiple students, meaning JWU can accept requests for him to show up at many events. Despite JWU being NCAA Division III, Willie follows rules of a Division I mascot, including never breaking character.

Providence campuses

JWU Providence Downcity and Harborside teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, ice hockey, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball.

North Miami campus

JWU North Miami teams participate as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Wildcats are a member of The Sun Conference. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track & field.

Charlotte campus

JWU Charlotte teams participate as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) as an Independent. Men's sports include basketball; while women's sports include volleyball.

Denver campus

JWU Denver teams participate as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Wildcats are a member of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country and volleyball.

Notable alumni

Honorary doctorate recipients


What's Right in RI Award


Johnson and Wales is planning future expansions to be complete in 2017.[22] This include a plan dealing with new facilities in Providence and Miami, reducing student debt, hiring more faculty, among other things.


External links

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