Johnson & Wales University

2014 Quick Stats
8 Abbott Park Place

Providence, RI 02903-3703

Phone: (401) 598-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
rolling admission

More Information


U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#74 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

More About U.S. News Rankings


Johnson & Wales University is a private institution that was founded in 1914. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,525, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Johnson & Wales University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 74. Its tuition and fees are $27,456 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Johnson & Wales University - an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.

In support of our mission and recognizing the importance of preserving our unique student- centered culture we will be guided by the following principles:

-Undertake continuous improvement and planning for a sustainable future
-Foster a teaching-focused university that encourages appropriate scholarship
and offers relevant programs that maximize student potential
-Enrich our academic programs with experiential and work-integrated learning
-Be cost-conscious in our endeavor to provide an affordable private university
education and be a good steward of our resources
-Embrace diversity for a richly inclusive community
-Model ethical behavior and local, national and global citizenship
-Value our faculty and staff by investing in their quality of life and
professional development
-Provide facilities, technology and other resources to meet the needs of
students, faculty and staff

University Outcomes

Professional Competency Graduates are expected to demonstrate professional competency and skill within their academic discipline.

Career Development Graduates are expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to obtain best fit employment in their chosen profession.

General Education Graduates are expected to demonstrate competence in general education skills including written and oral language competency, critical thinking, ethical awareness, aesthetic sensibility, environmental awareness, quantitative literacy and community leadership to enhance their specialized knowledge, skills and abilities.

Global Diversity Graduates are expected to apply knowledge of diverse perspectives pertinent to workplace settings and the global environment.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1914
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting city
2012 Endowment $240,317,051


When applying to Johnson & Wales University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

More About Applying

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Johnson & Wales University is 24:1, and the school has 46.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Johnson & Wales University include: Foodservice Systems Administration/Management; Culinary Arts/Chef Training; Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General; Hotel/Motel Administration/Management; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 24:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 19%
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 11%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 10%
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 9%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%

More About Academic Life

Student Life

Johnson & Wales University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,525, with a gender distribution of 42.8 percent male students and 57.2 percent female students. At this school, 43 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 57 percent of students live off campus. Johnson & Wales University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,623
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

More About Student Life

Campus Info & Services

Johnson & Wales University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Johnson & Wales University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Johnson & Wales University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Johnson & Wales University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

More About Campus Info & Services

Paying for School

At Johnson & Wales University, 69.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,264.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $27,456 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,140 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

More About Paying for School

* Overview details based on 2012 data

College Rankings

Best Regional Universities - Narrow your search with the U.S. News rankings of Regional Universities, schools that offer undergrad programs and some master’s.

More College Rankings & Lists

National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Colleges, Best Values, more

U.S. News College Compass - My Fit

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Sign Up Now

Calculating this school's fit to see if it meets your personal preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

College Search

Advanced Search

Now Hiring

Now Hiring Powered by After College



See more jobs »

Top College Resources

Looking at colleges? Find out what you need to know.

Studying in the United States
Finding the Right School
Paying for College
Applying to College

Follow U.S. News Education