Johnson & Wales is powered by a belief that every student deserves a high-quality education that can prepare them for success in a meaningful career. JWU takes intentional steps to embrace a teacher-scholar model, strengthen the student experience, and build upon our strong connections with industry to engage students in real world learning. Over the past year, JWU faculty and students have engaged in exciting research and scholarship and the university continued to invest in high-impact practices that support a quality education for our students.
Letter from the Chancellor
As a business school founded by two women 108 years ago, being strategic, forward thinking and focused on the future is in our DNA. That leadership and vision continue today as we enter into the second year of Powered by Purpose 2024, the first component of a 10-year vision to position Johnson & Wales as an innovative and comprehensive university that prepares students for careers and leadership in a wide range of industries. When U.S. News & World Report released its Best Colleges rankings in September 2022, it was gratifying to see the hard work of our faculty and staff over the last year being recognized nationwide. The Providence Campus moved up 24 spots to be ranked at 70 in Regional Universities, North, and the Charlotte Campus is listed at 19 in the Regional Colleges, South category. Guided by Powered by Purpose 2024, we continue to advance our reputation of academic excellence through successful accreditations and the creation of new business and health offerings, including the launch of an accelerated second degree nursing program for those who already have earned a bachelor’s degree. This year, we celebrate 50 years of culinary educational excellence and are reminded of its unique and powerful impact on universitywide programming. Our industry ties have deepened through the establishment of college advisory councils, and our Guild Education collaboration has now opened the door to the Disney workforce. By right-sizing our university system, our debt has been reduced, our endowment is more robust, and there is new revenue to invest in the Providence and Charlotte campuses. Looking to the future, we are well positioned to deliver on our founders’ mission to provide students with an excellent education to reach their fullest potential, whether that student is enrolled in Providence, Charlotte, or virtually through the College of Professional Studies. We deeply appreciate the philanthropy we have received that has allowed us to strengthen Johnson & Wales’ sound fiscal foundation. We continue to build on the culture of giving and engagement through new ways that connect and support the JWU community. The university’s annual day of giving; oneJWU: 24 hours; and the End of the Fiscal Year campaign are some of the many ways JWU’s fundraising efforts have supported operational needs. Through the generosity of more than 2,800 donors and by successfully securing funding from foundations and government grants, nearly $3 million has been raised in support of our students. We are grateful for the many donations we have received, including $227,345 from the Davis Foundation for the Faculty Center for Academic Excellence in Innovation and the $1.25 million Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support first-year students’ retention and success. With your ongoing support, the university can promote student learning as we expand and enhance Johnson & Wales’ academic reach and reputation through research and scholarship. Across our Providence and Charlotte campuses, we remain oneJWU — united by our mission and powered by purpose.
MIM L. RUNEY, LP.D.
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 8,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students on its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. The time students spend at JWU is nothing short of transformative, as demonstrated by career outcomes and economic mobility rankings.
STUDENTS FROM 60+ COUNTRIES
JWU students are invested in their education and intentional about their experiences, ensuring that their learning is authentic and purposeful. These students thrive in JWU’s supportive community, which encourages their passion for hands-on learning, values their intellectual curiosity, and immerses them in dynamic labs and career-focused classrooms. Employers tell us that JWU graduates demonstrate a strong work ethic, embrace challenges and ask the right kinds of questions. The university’s commitment to providing students with a practical, relevant education provides industry with agile graduates who are real-world tested and are ready to enter a highly dynamic workforce.
INTERNSHIP SITES IN 40+ STATES
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education has listed JWU on its 2022 College Rankings, which focuses on students’ engagement with studies, interaction with teachers and satisfaction with educational experience. U.S. News and World Report ranked JWU in the Best Value and Social Mobility categories for Regional Universities North and Regional Colleges South. Money also ranked JWU among its Best Colleges for 2022 by its value, quality of education, affordability and outcomes including graduates’ earnings, employment status, career trajectory, and socioeconomic mobility.
JWU is committed to making a quality education as accessible and affordable as possible. The university has taken proactive steps to manage student debt by increasing institutional aid over the past several years. Approximately 97% of all JWU on-campus students receive institutional scholarships and/or grants from the university, often making an education at JWU more affordable than other universities.
jwu.edu/admissions/paying-for-college for more
CAREER OUTCOMES RATE
Johnson & Wales University enjoys a 95% career outcomes rate for our 2021-2022 graduates university-wide who earned a bachelor’s degree. This rate reflects the percentage of JWU graduates who secure full or part-time employment, are enrolled/accepted in a program of study to continue their education, are performing voluntary service, or enlist in military service within six months of graduation. The 2021-2022 JWU rate is approximately 11 percentage points higher than the national average. For campus-specific rates and more information, visit jwu.edu/career-outcomes.
As integral members of the Johnson & Wales community, our faculty and staff are already some of the university’s most passionate supporters. Their work is critical to the success of our students and our university. Many employees also choose to make a gift each year to amplify their support and help strengthen JWU for generations of students to come. This dedication to our community demonstrates their belief in the university’s mission and their financial support signifies their confidence in JWU as an institution and our future. Their impact can be felt in every area of the university.
Forever JWU Giving Society
Johnson & Wales University proudly recognizes our donors’ charitable giving, which supports our students on the path to fulfilling their academic potential, professional ambitions, and personal aspirations. Each circle consists of individual and corporate donors who believe in the university’s mission of providing a transformative experience inspiring professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.
Breakdown of JWU Giving Circles:
The 1914 Society honors the many alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who have included the university in their estate plans. Whether through a will, trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan, becoming a member of the 1914 Society is a way to support an aspect of the JWU experience that is especially meaningful.
“In making a decision to create a fitting memorial to our son, we considered the things that he most enjoyed. Therefore, endowing a scholarship for students who came to culinary arts after trying another career, as he did, seemed the right thing to do. We feel that this scholarship and the addition to it that is included in our estate plan, is an appropriate way for him to be remembered.”
JAMES AND JUDITH DORIAN Members of the 1914 Society—In memory of their son, James C. Dorian Jr. '08
Epicurean Scholarship Society
The Epicurean Scholarship Society is part of the university’s holistic commitment to making higher education both affordable and accessible. Membership in this distinguished group offers unique culinary experiences while supporting our hard-working students. Society events — led by guest chefs who are assisted by JWU students and faculty — include culinary demonstrations, receptions, seated dinners and cocktail gatherings. Membership donations and annual contributions to the Epicurean Scholarship Society provide scholarship support that helps to fulfill the aspirations of talented culinary and hospitality students. Given today’s challenging economic environment, this philanthropic endeavor is more important than ever.
Mary & Gertrude Society
The Mary & Gertrude Society was established in the names of our founders, Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, who in 1914 had the courage and vision to create Johnson & Wales University. More than a century later, we are proud to honor them by recognizing our loyal donors who have supported the university for three or more consecutive years. Each year, gifts to JWU help provide the stability and flexibility needed to help power a new era of innovation and ambitious advancements in academics.
College & Academics
With six colleges preparing students for success in countless industries, Johnson & Wales’ renowned experiential education approach is applied across a variety of disciplines. When it comes to supporting Wildcats in the classroom and in labs, the choice is yours. Each college relies on the support of alumni, corporate sponsors and donors who believe in our mission and our students. Your gift will be used to support the specific needs of the college or program of your choice.
The Student Experience
At Johnson & Wales, experience is the difference. And we’ve been perfecting the experiential education approach for more than 100 years. It’s woven into all aspects of our education, in and out of the classroom. Internships, student organizations, clubs and campus programming all contribute to an industry-focused education that prepares the leaders of tomorrow. You can direct your support to an area that is uniquely JWU and ensure all students have access to these opportunities.
Win at everything. That’s the motto of our student-athletes. JWU Athletics unites our campus communities and our varsity and club teams to compete with the same passion our students bring to their academic pursuits. On the field, the court, the mat and the pitch, student-athletes represent the four tenets of the Wildcat Way: Pride, Character, Courage and Community.
Gifts to the JWU Fund go to work where they’re needed most. They are unrestricted and allow us to say “yes” to upgrades, enhancements, new ideas and urgent needs on the Providence and Charlotte campuses.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Did you know that more than 97% of on-campus JWU students receive a scholarship or financial aid of some kind? Your gift can open doors and a whole new world of opportunities. Whether you establish an endowed scholarship fund or combine your gift with thousands of others to meet the growing need for financial aid, you have the power to change lives.
CULTURE OF GIVING
Leading By Example
“Helping to contribute to an academic scholarship is the least I can do…So many students have inspired me.”