Student Support Services

Johnson & Wales University offers a supportive, caring environment where faculty, staff and students work together to help you adapt to college life and succeed academically, personally and professionally.

"We're catering to more diverse learners, and our students are flourishing academically and socially. They feel so empowered and confident."
-Joseph Barresi Jr., PhD, LICSW, LCDP, Associate Dean of Student Affairs

From your first day at JWU, you have access to a broad range of services including tutoring and mentorship programs, health and counseling services, accessibility accommodations and many more. There’s an entire JWU community behind you to help you thrive and make the most of your potential.

All students have access to these support services throughout their JWU experience:

Accessibility Services

JWU is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations to give students with learning disabilities, physical challenges, and chronic medical conditions the opportunity to succeed in their academic pursuits. Services and assistance for accessibility, and academic, classroom and housing accommodations, among others, are available.

Alan Shawn Feinstein Academic Success Center

The center offers a variety of services including peer and professional tutoring, online tutoring, writing laboratories and study skills workshops for topics such as time management, memory and test-taking tips, and stress management.

Centers for Academic Support

JWU students can take advantage of the tutoring and study skills workshops at all four of our campuses. The "CAS" is the perfect study space and a quiet environment for small group meetings with comfortable seating and WiFi.

Campus resource websites:

Counseling, Health & Wellness

Inclusive confidential professional services are offered to provide support for students to manage their emotional and physical well-being through Health Services, Counseling Services, Health Education and the Gender Equity Center.

Gender Equity Centers

The center is a welcoming space for support, education and confidentiality around topics including sexual orientation, gender identity, violence prevention and more.

Campus resource websites:

Student Academic Services

SAS helps you stay on track through its academic planning, counselors, advisors and other offerings.

Student Financial Services

SFS helps students and their families finance higher education at JWU with help from a financial planning representative to guide them every step of the way.

Wildcat Learning Effectiveness in Action Program ('LEAP')

Wildcat LEAP is a fee-based educational program designed to help students discover how they learn and to develop specific strategies to enhance their learning. Wildcat LEAP includes one-on-one support, small group instruction, and 3-credit course available only to LEAP participants.

'LEAP' Frequently Asked Questions
How are Wildcat LEAP participants involved throughout the year?

Wildcat LEAP is a full year program that begins during the summer, a few weeks before students begin their JWU experience. LEAP participants participate in a 10-day intensive summer program to support students through the transition from high school to college. Participants will explore the many supports available to them at JWU, begin to learn about themselves and their learning styles, and develop peer supports within their LEAP cohort.

Throughout the fall semester, Wildcat LEAP participants benefit from biweekly individualized support from their LEAP Learning Specialist. In addition to this one-on-one support, the Wildcat LEAP cohort is enrolled in a 3-credit course designed specifically for and available only to LEAP participants.

The Wildcat LEAP program continues through the spring semester with bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with their LEAP Learning Specialist as well as workshops on topics selected by the LEAP cohort. The Wildcat LEAP program culminates with a fully developed Wildcat LEAP Student academic portfolio that demonstrates comprehensive evidence of applied learning strategies.

What disability types does Wildcat LEAP support?

LEAP is ideally suited for students with Executive Function challenges. Those with AD/HD and/or Specific Learning Disabilities qualify for the program. LEAP is not for other types of disabilities.

Is there an application process for LEAP?

Yes, students must provide recent (within the past three years) testing results along with documentation of their diagnoses. If older testing results are shared, they will be reviewed; however, more recent testing is optimal to fully understand learning needs and strengths. You may apply to Wildcat LEAP here: [link to application]. You may inquire with Accessibility Services for local referrals for psychological and/or educational testing: 401-598-4660.

Is there a required interview?

Yes, all applicants will receive an individual interview to answer your questions and ensure Wildcat LEAP is the right program for you. An in-person interview is preferred; however, we will allow interviews by telephone or skype if needed. The interview will be scheduled at a convenient time for you, after we receive your application materials.

Student Profile

JWU's student support services program served as a benefit for Kaitlin Donohue

"Since about second grade, I’ve been dealing with a learning disability and have had an individualized education plan (IEP) to help with my classes. Thanks to JWU’s Accessibility Services, I found services to help me succeed during my college career. After being at JWU for a full three years now, I am beyond proud of myself and how far I have come. I am graduating two terms early and have made the dean’s list multiple times."

— Kaitlin Donohue ’18, Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management