Building our Campus Communities

Johnson & Wales University improves the quality of life in each of our four campus cities through our commitments to community service, economic development and urban revitalization.

Our graduates and students also make strong contributions to regional economies both as skilled members of the workforce and as entrepreneurs.

Community Service
A priority at JWU is developing students who have the skills and training to be leaders in industry and in their communities. In 2011-12, JWU students performed more than 250,000 hours of community service.

JWU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll — the highest federal recognition institutions of higher education can receive for supporting community service and service-learning programs — every year since the award was instituted.

Community Collaborations
Through a range of business and community collaborations, JWU supports public schools and a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in each of our campus markets, as well as environmental organizations and police and fire departments.

Business & Economic Development
Since 2000, JWU has invested nearly $400 million in construction and renovation across its four campuses.

At the campus level, spending in these areas supported regional job markets, creating nearly 3800 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Rhode Island, 743 FTE jobs in Florida, 545 FTE jobs in Colorado and 580 FTE jobs in North Carolina.

In addition to having a strong overall economic impact, JWU is also committed to historic renovation and urban revitalization.

JWU Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll

All 4 JWU campuses have been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for commitment to service learning and civic engagement.  read more