Our Campus

Founded in 1914, JWU’s first and largest campus hosts more than 10,500 students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries in the heart of downtown Providence.

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Our Downcity Campus is anchored by Gaebe Commons, a popular hub of student activity, and surrounded by a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, music venues and a scenic riverfront. Four theaters are within walking distance, including the Providence Performing Arts Center, just next to Gaebe Commons, where Broadway shows, comedians and concerts are staged weekly.

The nearby Harborside Campus sits on 80 scenic acres along Narragansett Bay, and houses the College of Culinary Arts, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School, the Harborside Recreation Center (home of the NCAA Division III Wildcats), and our Culinary Arts Museum, which houses more than 500,000 culinary artifacts, some dating back 5,000 years.

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Since 2000, JWU has invested more than $200 million in construction and renovation on the Providence Campus to continually improve our academic and student life facilities, so you’ll be ensured a world-class career education as well as a full university experience.

Our academic labs are outfitted with industry-standard software related to our majors. Students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through our community and business collaborations.

With two gyms, 17 varsity sports for men and women, and 13 additional club and intramural sports, our athletic activities range from the serious to the recreational. And with close to 100 clubs and organizations, Greek life, student government and more, as well as events, movie nights and concerts hosted by the Student Activities, there’s always something going on, both in and out of the classroom.

Eleven fully-equipped residence halls include McNulty, which sits right on Gaebe Commons, as well as the Cove and Harborside Village, both of which feature apartment-style living with washers and dryers in each unit. From the all-natural, organic food stations at Market Place to the fresh ground burgers and hand-cut fries at City Burger, the 9 dining facilities on the Providence Campus offer a range of food options, including two on-campus Starbucks.

Information for visitors and members of the university community concerning the accessibility of university residence halls, academic buildings or other facilities for individuals with disabilities, and information concerning services available to accommodate special needs (i.e. sign language interpreter, etc.) is available through the Director of the Center for Academic Support at 401-598-4689.

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Student Life Video

JWU has a lot to offer outside the classroom, including events, clubs and organizations, athletics and more. In this student life video, students talk about life at the Providence Campus. read more