Parents & Families

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Congratulations on your family’s acceptance to the Wildcat Community! We understand that attending college is a family investment and the value of a degree should go beyond the cost of tuition. It’s about finding a place to learn with a hands-on approach, working with experienced professionals and becoming part of a community that works side-by-side with students to help them achieve success. Johnson & Wales University has been doing this for 100+ years and during that time many families have become as attached to the university as our students and alumni. We look forward to seeing you on campus for the next four years and joining them.

What’s Next?


1. Accepted Student Events

Now that your student has been accepted, your family will receive exclusive invitations for accepted student events. These exciting events celebrate this great achievement and are worth the trip, even if you’ve already visited. If you are unable to attend a designated accepted student event, we are happy to welcome you to campus on a day that’s convenient to you; schedule your visit today.

2. If you haven’t already ...

3. Lock up a spot in the Class of 2023!

Take the next step to join the JWU community and pay the reservation fee by May 1. To pay online, you need your student’s JWU ID number provided in their acceptance letter. Once the reservation fee has been received, students are given instructions to create their Wildcat Email and build a housing profile (if living on campus).

4. Invoices:

  • Invoices contain your financial aid award, payment balance and payment due date.
  • Email notices are sent when invoices are available; the payment due date for September is in July.
  • Learn more about paying for JWU, including resources for financial aid, scholarships and grants, and student employment options.

5. Access jwuLink

Once the reservation fee has been paid, students will gain access to jwuLink, our current student portal, which will allow them to:

  • Register for new student orientation
  • Apply for and select housing
  • Access and submit health forms
  • Access and complete enrollment requirements (i.e. placement testing, payments)
  • View course schedules, financial aid awards, campus announcements & events and much more
  • Give parents “proxy access” to some student information (i.e. grades, invoices)

Connect with other parents

JWU hosts Facebook groups for families of accepted students. Choose your campus below and follow the instructions.

Parent Groups:

Refresher on JWU programs and campuses. With the large variety of program options and four campuses to choose from, if a student changes their mind about what and where to study, JWU remains the option.