Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The main campus of Johnson & Wales is located in Providence, RI; there are three other locations in Miami, FL, Denver, CO, and Charlotte, NC. Learn about the school's financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at Johnson & Wales University.

Is Johnson & Wales University - Providence the School for You?

The Providence, Rhode Island, location of Johnson & Wales has two campuses - the Downcity Campus and the Harborside Campus. The school offers associate's, bachelor's and graduate degrees in more than 40 majors focused primarily in business, culinary arts, hospitality, technology and equine studies. Review the facts to find out if this university is a good fit for you.


  • The acceptance rate is 10.5 percentage points higher than the national average
  • The graduation rate is 13 percentage points higher than the national average
  • All classes are taught by professors
  • Endowment has grown by 20.1% between 2010 and 2011


  • The average room and board fees are $734 higher than the national average
  • The student-faculty ratio is 27-to-1, which is 11 higher than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

Students considering this university can look forward to higher-than-average acceptance and graduation rates. In addition, you can expect attention from professors instead of teaching assistants, since all courses are taught by staff members. The total cost of attending Johnson & Wales in Providence is a nominal $800 higher than the national average for 4-year, private not-for-profit schools.

Students interested in culinary arts and hospitality can take advantage of three university-operated hotels and restaurants. In addition, the school boasts an award-winning equine facility and 25-year-old equine program for students interested in equine studies. You can also study abroad to learn about cultural influences in business, culinary arts and other areas of study.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Johnson & Wales - Providence

Johnson & Wales - Providence accepts applications on a rolling basis, although the school recommends applying as early as possible. Submitting an application is free, and you are required to include your transcripts. If you are a high school junior, you can apply for early enrollment by filling out an online application specifically for juniors.

You can apply for scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities and loans as part of your financial aid package. In fact, Johnson & Wales reported that 90% of students received some sort of financial aid in 2010. You can also take advantage of one of several payment plans that the school offers, including payments spread out over each term or month.

Application and Tuition Info
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 76%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $38,771*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011-2012) $18,302**
Student Default Rate (2009) 13.5%*

Living at Johnson & Wales - Providence

Both the Harborside and the Downcity locations have residence halls, although the Harborside campus (which overlooks the Narragansett Bay) is primarily for culinary students. You can choose from more than 90 clubs and extracurricular activities, including 18 Greek organizations. In addition, the school has athletic programs for the sports enthusiast, including 16 NCAA Division III teams.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city*
Student Population (2011) 10,849 (9,756 undergraduate)*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 44% male to 56% female*
% of Full Time Students (2011) 93%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 11%*
% of International Students (2011) 2%*
Retention Rate (2011) 74% of full-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 40% of all undergraduates****
Number of Libraries 2***
Extracurricular Activities 90 clubs and organizations as well as other various activities ***
Noteworthy Culinary museum****

Article Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Johnson & Wales University, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Yena Center, 111 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone Number: (800) 342-5598 / (401) 598-1000