Johnson & Wales University

Providence, Rhode Island, United States
An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. 

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Johnson & Wales University was founded as a business school in 1914 in Providence, Rhode Island, by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales. From its origins as a school devoted to business education, JWU has grown to a junior college, senior college, and ultimately university status. Today the university is offering a variety of new degree programs that reflect the growing industries of tomorrow.


Work with the center to find external funding for your research, develop manuscripts for submission to journals and produce papers to present at state, regional and national conferences.


At JWU, we’re dedicated to building careers. Our wide range of services is designed to help you develop the skills to compete in the global economy.


Student services

Students participating in programs and services offered through Student Affairs should be able to demonstrate growth in their cognitive, behavioral and emotional development. This participation should complement the academic experience and prepare students for life beyond Johnson & Wales.

Housing services

It is very difficult to find short-term, furnished housing options in the US. Therefore, exchange visitors are advised to live in university residence halls. Living in a residence hall provides the convenience of a furnished room and a meal plan. In addition, you're close to university classrooms, libraries and student life.

Library services

Johnson & Wales University's Providence Library gives students the space and tools they need to navigate and synthesize today's complex world of information, providing access to a wide range of scholarly, literary and trade publications, including books, e-books, articles, images, videos, and websites plus the support of librarians and information specialists on campus or online.

Student Life

Campus life

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). 

Sports facilities

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), who won the redesign contest. The new mascot was made by BAM! Mascots. Willie appears at home games, alumni events, and other special events. 

Student clubs

Do what you love at JWU! Choose from 100+ student clubs ranging from Ad Club to Anime, ballroom dancing to Quidditch. It’s easy to start your own, too!


JWU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The nation’s oldest regional accrediting association, NEASC accredits educational institutions internationally. This accreditation encompasses the university’s four campuses.

Providence, Rhode Island, United States