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Our Application Process

What We Look For

Successful candidates for first year admission have taken a high school, college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student. Other considerations are made based upon recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular activities.

Demonstrated Interest

Admission to JWU is as personalized as the education students receive here. While academic performance is of primary importance, demonstrated interest is an important part of the application review process. Demonstrated interest means visiting campus, attending a virtual visit session, being in contact with our office, or speaking with a member of our community, such as an Admissions Representative, Professor, or Coach. We value students who have taken the time to get to know JWU and understand who we are and what we offer. When we review applications, we are looking for students who are a good match for Johnson & Wales, and part of that is making sure that applicants have gotten to know us and want to become a member of our community.

Required Materials

  • One completed application, either the Common Application or the JWU Application
  • All high school transcripts, except in circumstances where a student is homeschooled or where the traditional high school transcript is, for various reasons, not available
  • All college transcripts (for transfer applicants)

Optional Materials

  • Standardized test scores such as SAT or ACT scores
  • An interview with a JWU representative

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline Decision Notification
Early Action
November 1 by December 1
Regular (Rolling) January 15 (priority)
July 1 final
Within 2 weeks of complete submission
Transfer April 15 (priority)
July 15 final
Within 2 weeks of complete submission
Applicants for Spring Semester Start
(First Year and Transfer)
December 1 Rolling, within 2 weeks of complete submission

*Note: Our application for Fall 2024 is currently open.
Transfer students can apply anytime.
Early Action is a non-binding application program.
Admissions may choose to extend these deadlines.

Fast Facts

State Outline Providence

Students: Providence

  • Undergraduate population: 4,135 students 
  • In state students: 18% 
  • Out of state students: 80%
  • Student population living on campus: 48%
  • Students of color: 34%
  • Undergraduate student gender:
    • Female: 61% 
    • Male: 39%
Charlotte State Outline

Students: Charlotte

  • Undergraduate population: 1,140 students
  • In state students: 34%
  • Out of state students: 66%
  • Student population living on campus: 54%
  • Students of color: 62%
  • Undergraduate student gender:
    • Female: 68%
    • Male: 34% male

State Outline Providence

Enrollment: Providence

  • Percent admitted: 83%
  • Average class size: 20
  • Pell Grants: Awarded to 30.5% of of enrolled undergraduate students
  • 50th percentile SAT/ACT scores:
    • SAT reading and math: 1,080
    • ACT Composite: 24
Charlotte State Outline

Enrollment: Charlotte 

  • Percent admitted: 73%
  • Average class size: 19
  • Pell Grants: Awarded to 52% of enrolled undergraduate students 
  • 50th percentile SAT/ACT scores:
    • SAT reading and math: 1,025
    • ACT Composite: 19


Universitywide: Colleges

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering & Design (Providence campuses only)
  • College of Food Innovation & Technology
  • College of Health & Wellness
  • College of Hospitality Management

Universitywide: General

  • Number of undergraduate majors universitywide: 71
  • Full-time instructional faculty universitywide: 308
  • Number of internships completed: 1,457 internships at 847 sites in 43 states
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Fastest-growing majors: 
    • Accounting
    • Exercise and Sports Science
    • Health Science
    • Accounting
    • Undeclared: University Explorations

Starting the Financial Aid Conversation

Scholarships & Grants

More than 90% of all JWU students receive institutional scholarships and/or grants.

Paying for College

From the moment of acceptance, students can speak with a dedicated financial services professional about their award and paying for college.

Tuition & Fees

JWU is committed to providing a valuable and affordable education. We’re exclusively on the FAFSA, and 98.5% of on-ground students receive financial aid.

Visit Opportunities for Counselors

We say it all the time to prospective students – the best way to get to know JWU is to visit us. As our partners in the college search process, we would love to host you on campus, show you around, and introduce you to our amazing Wildcats.

Connect with Christine Sullivan, director of admissions visitor programs, at christine.sullivan@jwu.edu to visit JWU Providence.
Reach out to Lisa Davis, enrollment operations manager, at lisa.davis@jwu.edu to visit JWU Charlotte.

Help Them Build a Life Theyll Love


If you know JWU, you know about our incredible culinary programs. But did you know that some of our fastest-growing programs are accounting, health science, and our Undeclared: University Explorations program? (Yes, you can be undecided at JWU!)

Student Visits

We encourage all prospective students and families to visit our campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. Hearing from a current Wildcat on-site is the best way to experience JWU.

Contact Admissions

Our team is here to help. Reach out to connect with your area representative, learn more about visiting our campuses, our application process and timeline – anything, really!

State Outline Providence

JWU Providence


Charlotte State Outline

JWU Charlotte

866-598-2427 or 980-598-1100