#7 Best Private Colleges in Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

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Johnson & Wales University Providence overview
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Online jwu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Johnson & Wales University Providence overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Johnson & Wales University-Providence, founded in 1914, is a private, nonprofit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island, offering a distinctive educational model that integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education, including a strong emphasis on career readiness. The urban campus is deeply embedded in the city's fabric, granting access to the rich cultural and professional opportunities within Providence and its proximity to Boston. Historically known for its culinary arts and hospitality programs, Johnson & Wales University offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online programs across various disciplines. Its academic profile includes esteemed programs in business, health and wellness, and engineering & design. The institution practices a moderately selective admissions process. While the university provides a mixture of traditional housing and apartment-style living options to foster student engagement in campus life, it does not have a significant focus on big-league athletics and is thus not known for any particular sports programs.

In the most recent statistical year 8,281 prospective students applied, and 6,909 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 994 enrolled in the school.  4,237 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 329 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $37,896 plus fees of $596. Johnson & Wales University-Providence is ranked 602 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Johnson & Wales University-Providence is rated within the lower 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Johnson & Wales University Providence overview
SAT 940/1190
ACT 22/29

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Johnson & Wales University Providence
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$596
Room and Board $18,760
Budget for Other Expenses$2,058
Total One Year Cost$60,710

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

51% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Johnson & Wales University Providence students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
Personal and Culinary Services 34%
Work and Family Studies 12%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 7%
Computer and Information Sciences 4%

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