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Johnson & Wales University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Johnson and Wales University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Johnson and Wales University

Johnson and Wales University's main campus is located in Providence, Rhode Island. The 4-year private school also operates campuses in Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; and Denver, CO. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school number 82 of the best regional universities in the North.


Although available degree programs differ on each campus, the school offers about 40 different undergraduate degree programs, including some for undeclared majors. The school operates five colleges: the College of Business, College of Culinary Arts, The Hospitality College, School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Technology. Through these schools, it awards associate's and bachelor's degrees. Students with culinary or pastry arts associate's degrees can earn bachelor's degrees through online programs in these fields.

The university's graduate school offers master's degree programs in education, business and criminal justice management. Additionally, students can pursue a Doctor of Education degree program in educational leadership.

Study abroad programs are available for all students in every major. The Providence campus coordinates all study abroad programs. The school maintains various international partnerships, and destinations include countries, such as Italy, France, South Africa and Ireland.


Students can apply to JWU anytime, although the school advises applicants to submit applications as early as possible in order to start by their anticipated date. The university accepts the common application, but also accepts a school-specific application that is available online and can be submitted online or by mail. In 2011, the school received nearly 12,000 applications, and accepted 76% of the applicants. The fall 2011 student body consisted of about 11,000 students, of which more than 9,000 were undergraduates.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition rates are the same for all college locations. During the 2012-2013 school year, undergraduate tuition was about $26,000. Graduate tuition rates differ for each program, and average about $1,600 per 4.5-credit course for master's degree programs and about $4,200 per 6-credit course for doctoral degree programs.

Full-time, undergraduate students who attend day classes may be eligible for any of 12 scholarship programs offered by JWU, including the Life Scholarship, Campus Award and Georgia Hope Scholarship. Work study opportunities and federal and state grants are also available as well as scholarships from outside agencies.

School Type 4-year private**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, graduate certificate programs and doctoral**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Terms (semesters)*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 11,000 students (fall 2011)*
Student Housing 11 residence halls available (Rhode Island campus)*
Schools and Programs 5 schools, more than 40 undergraduate degree programs, 5 graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 27:1 (fall 2011)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 53% (fall 2011)**
Admissions Rate 76% (fall 2011)**
First Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time bachelor's-seeking students, 19% for part-time bachelor's-seeking students (fall 2011)**
Application Due Date None*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition About $26,000 per year for undergraduate students; about $360 per credit hour for master's degree programs and about $4,200 per 6-credit course for doctoral degree programs (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available Loans, scholarships, grants (2010-2011)*
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 99% of freshmen (2010-2011)**

Sources: *Johnson and Wales University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903-3703
  • Phone: (401) 598-1000
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