Johnson & Wales University
|Established||1914 in Providence, Rhode Island|
Cranston, Rhode Island
North Miami, Florida (1992)
Denver, Colorado (2000)
Charlotte, North Carolina (2004)
|Athletics||16 Varsity Teams|
|Colors||Blue & White|
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.
- 1 Campuses
- 2 Academics
- 3 Financial literacy
- 4 Campus facilities
- 5 Greek life
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Honorary doctorate recipients
- 9 Awards
- 10 Future
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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).
The Providence Downcity campus is home to the College of Business, the Hospitality College, the School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Technology. The Providence Harborside campus is home to several additional academic units: the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School and the College of Culinary Arts. The Providence Harborside campus is also home to the School of Education, which offers specialized master's and doctoral degree programs. 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 also offers 11 online Bachelor degrees as well as 9 online Master's degree programs.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Sigma Alpha Mu
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Tau Epsilon Phi
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Lambda Upsilon Lambda
- Kappa Sigma
- Theta Delta Chi
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Delta Phi Epsilon
- Sigma Delta Tau
- Sigma Gamma Rho
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Sigma Lambda Upsilon
- Omega Phi Beta
- Delta Zeta
Social fellowships or other
North Miami campus
The Denver Campus currently offers membership in one sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau.
The teams of all campuses of Johnson & Wales University are athletically known as the Wildcats.
Willie T. Wildcat (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. Although the various campuses compete either in the NAIA, USCAA, or NCAA Division III, Willie follows rules of a Division I mascot, including never breaking character.
During the 1980's and 1900's the official mascot at Johnson and Wales Providence campus was Griff the Griffin - Head of an eagle, body of a lion and tail of a dragon.
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.
JWU Charlotte teams participate as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) as an Independent. Men's sports include basketball and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, volleyball, and soccer.
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.
- Michelle Bernstein (1994) - chef and restaurateur 
- Graham Elliot - celebrity chef
- Rahman "Rock" Harper- Hell's Kitchen season 3 winner
- Andy Husbands (1990) Chef, restaurateur, author and television personality
- Anna Olson (1995) - celebrity chef and television personality, Food Network Canada
- Chris Santos - celebrity chef and television personality
- Randal Tye Thomas (1999) - former Mayor of Gun Barrel City, Texas
- Emeril Lagasse (1979) - celebrity chef and television personality
- Tyler Florence (1991)
Honorary doctorate recipients
- Julia Child (1995) - celebrity chef and television personality
- Willard Scott
- Margaret Heckler
- Peter Coors
- Bill Hanzlik
- Herman Cain
- Keegan Gerhard (2011) - celebrity chef and judge on the Food Network Challenge
- Donald L. Carcieri - Former governor of Rhode Island 
What's Right in RI Award
Johnson and Wales is planning future expansions to be complete in 2017. This includes a plan dealing with new facilities in Providence and Miami, reducing student debt, hiring more faculty, among other things.
- As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
- About J&W
- Roster of Institutions - New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE)
- "College of Business". Johnson & Wales University.
- "College of Culinary Arts". Johnson & Wales University.
- "The Hospitality College". Johnson & Wales University.
- "School of Arts & Sciences". Johnson & Wales University.
- "College of Culinary Arts". Johnson & Wales University.
- "Academic Services". Johnson & Wales University.
- "School of Education". Johnson &Wales University.
- J&W Denver Athletics | recreation
- Seafood Choices Alliance - Michelle Bernstein
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- Culinary Hall of Fame Induction
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- Official website
- Alumni Website
- Providence campus JWU Providence athletics
- Providence campus Student Government Association
- Miami campus JWU North Miami athletics
- Denver campus JWU Denver athletics
- Charlotte campus JWU Charlotte athletics
- Johnson & Wales Inn & Conference Center
- Johnson & Wales Radisson Airport Hotel
- Providence Campus Bookstore
- Providence Culinary Bookstore