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

Founding Campus:
Providence
, Rhode Island (1914; College of Business, The Hospitality College, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Technology, and the Center for Physician Assistant Studies)

Subsidiary Campus:
Cranston, Rhode Island (1985; College of Culinary Arts, Graduate Programs, Wildcat Center, and Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletic Complex)

Regional Campuses:
North Miami, Florida (1992)
Denver, Colorado (2000)
Charlotte, North Carolina (2004)
Campus Urban
Athletics 16 Varsity Teams
Colors Blue & White          
Mascot Wildcats
Website http://www.jwu.edu

Johnson & Wales University (J&W or 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]

Campuses[edit]

Johnson & Wales University operates campuses in four locations: the main 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).

Academics[edit]

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[edit]

JWU offers the following degrees at its five campuses:

Degrees Offered at Johnson & Wales University Campuses
College of Business
Accounting (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Business Administration (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
Creative Advertising (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D NMI DEN
Entrepreneurship (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Equine Business Management (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Equine Business Management / Riding (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D NMI DEN CLT
Finance (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Food Service Entrepreneurship (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-H
International Business (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
Management (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D NMI CLT
Management Accounting (Bachelor of Business Administration) CLT
Marketing (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D NMI CLT
Strategic Advertising (Bachelor of Business Administration) PVD-D
College of Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry Arts (Associate in Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Baking & Pastry Arts (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Culinary Arts (Associate in Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H NMI DEN CLT
Culinary Nutrition (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H DEN
Food Service Entrepreneurship (Bachelor of Science) PVD-H
The Hospitality College
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 Technology
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
School of Arts & Sciences
Counseling Psychology (Bachelor of Science) PVD-D
Communication Studies (Bachelor of Science)
Liberal Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School
M.B.A. in Global Business Leadership PVD-H
M.S. in Criminal Justice Management PVD-H
M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning PVD-H
M.A.T. in Teacher Education PVD-H
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 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[edit]

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[edit]

Treat Hall on the Denver campus.

In addition to the on-campus academic buildings and dorms, the university also operates three 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 independent Johnson & Wales Inn & Conference Center located near Providence in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and within fifteen minutes of the university's Providence campuses Radisson Hotel Providence Airport located in Warwick, 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 Johnson & Wales Inn in Providence also houses the university's flagship restaurant, Audrey's, which takes its name from Audrey Gaebe, wife of long time university chancellor, Morris Gaebe.[13]

The Wildcat Center is the athletic facility of Johnson & Wales University in Denver. It is home to the athletic program of this branch of the university, and was home to the ABA's Colorado Storm in 2004. Wildcat Center is located at the northwest part of the Johnson & Wales campus. The Wildcat Center, now fully renovated as of the summer of 2009, is NAIA and NCAA regulation size and seats over 600, 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.[14]

Greek life[edit]

Providence campuses[edit]

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.

IFC Executive Board

Herbert Christopher Tobias- President. Also, a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa. Elected in 2013. Youngest IFC President in the history of Johnson & Wales

Kyle Scarpaci- Vice President of Recruitment. Also, a brother of Delta Sigma Phi. Elected in 2013. Previously Served as Secretary

Alex Park- Vice President Sergeant at Arms. Also, a brother of Delta Sigma Phi. Elected in 2013.

Harrison Scott- Treasurer. Also, a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa. Elected in 2013. Previously served as Treasurer

Javier Fuentes- Secretary. Also, a brother of Sigma Alpha Mu. Elected in 2013

Fraternities[edit]

Sororities[edit]

Social fellowships or other[edit]

Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship

North Miami campus[edit]

Fraternities[edit]

Sororities[edit]

Denver campus[edit]

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

Athletics[edit]

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

Providence campuses[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Honorary doctorate recipients[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°53′41″N 80°09′54″W / 25.8946987°N 80.165065°W / 25.8946987; -80.165065