Johnson & Wales University (JWU, J&W) is a private, nonprofit, co-educational, career-oriented university with four campuses located throughout the United States. Providence, Rhode Island, USA, is home to JWU's first and largest of four currently operating campuses. Founded as a business school in 1914, by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, JWU currently has 17,230 students enrolled in business, counseling psychology, culinary arts, education, engineering, equine management, hospitality, and technology programs across its campuses.
Johnson & Wales University operates campuses in four locations: Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina (Two previous campuses in Norfolk, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina, were consolidated into the Charlotte Campus in September 2003). JWU currently has four academic units at all four of its campuses: the College of Business, the College of Culinary Arts,The Hospitality College, and the School of Arts & Sciences.
Johnson & Wales University is well known for its Culinary Arts program as well 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 U.S.A. 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.
United States campuses:
In addition to the on-campus academic buildings, the university also operates three 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 independent Johnson & Wales Inn & Conference Center located near Providence in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and within fifteen minutes of the university's two Providence campuses Radisson Hotel Providence Airport located in Warwick, and the Bay Harbor Inn & Suites, located in Miami Beach.
The Wildcat Center is the athletic facility of Johnson & Wales University in Denver. It is home to the athletic program of this branch of the university, and was home to the ABA's Colorado Storm in 2004. Wildcat Center is located at the northwest part of the Johnson & Wales campus.
The Wildcat Center, now fully renovated as of the summer 2009, is NAIA and NCAA regulation size and seats over 600, the fitness center has tripled in size and the lockerrooms have increased from 2 to 4 to accommodate game day needs as well as general use.
Greek Life at the university:
The Providence Campus currently offers membership in 15 fraternities and sororities as well as one social fellowship, these are organized within four groups; InterFraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council (PHC), United Cultural Council (UCC), and 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 Campus is also home to a number of "off-Campus" Fraternities. Deeply routed 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.