Johnson & Wales University – Providence

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School Overview

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a non-profit, private, career-oriented university with its main campus located in Providence, Rhode Island. JWU currently has four operating campuses located throughout the USA. In 1914, Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales founded JWU as a business school. Today the school has roughly 17, 000 students enrolled in technology, hospitality, equine management, engineering, education, culinary arts, counseling psychology, and business across its four campuses.

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

General Information

Admission Office

8 Abbott Park Place

Providence, RI 02903-3703

(401) 598-2310

(800) 342-5598

Fax: (401) 598-2948

Contact: Al Seitz

Director of Admissions
Main Address

8 Abbott Park Place

Providence, RI 02903-3703

(401) 598-1000

Total undergrads: 9,395

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,555

Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,395

Graduate enrollment: 1,093


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Online application fee: Free

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 71%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Equestrian/Equine Studies A,B
Farm/Ranch Management A,B
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science A,B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Entrepreneurial Studies A,B
Fashion Merchandising A,B
Finance/Banking A,B,C
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Hotel/Motel Management A,B
International Business B
Investments/Securities A,B
Marketing Management A,B
Public Finance A,B
Tourism/Travel Services A,B
Travel/Tourism Management A,B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising A
Communications/Rhetoric A,B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General A
Computer Systems Analysis A,B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Web/Multimedia Design A,B
Web/Multimedia Management B


Computer Engineering – General A,B
Systems Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Drafting and Design Technology A,B
Robotics A

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Nutrition Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Personal & Culinary Services

Baking/Pastry Arts A,B
Culinary Arts/Chef Training A,B
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,B
Food Service A,B
Restaurant/Catering Management A,B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration A,B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Johnson & Wales University-Providence Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (401) 598-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903-3703
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 6,695
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 60%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,695 (85% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $33,404
Out-of-state Tuition: $33,404
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $21,210

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Johnson & Wales University-Providence Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Johnson & Wales University-Providence.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1154
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 231
Education 132
Engineering 3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 111
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 22
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 122
Psychology 2
Social Sciences 1
Grand total 4541102

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Johnson & Wales University-Providence and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $33,404
Out-of-state $33,404
Books and supplies $1,800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,734
Out-of-state $13,734

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,418 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,418 100% $21,210
Student loan aid 1,159 81% $9,940

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,133 92% $16,842
Federal student loans 4,828 72% $6,982

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Johnson & Wales University-Providence. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Johnson & Wales University-Providence students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,647 3,991 7,656
Percent admitted 100% 90% 94%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 14% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Johnson & Wales University-Providence Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 6,695
Undergraduate enrollment 6,123
Graduate enrollment 572

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Johnson & Wales University-Providence Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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