5 Things to Know About Applying to JWU

Updated September 2023

If you’re wondering how to apply to Johnson & Wales, look no further. We’ve simplified the college application process for all with plenty of options and tips to help you apply to JWU with ease. Whether you prefer to mail in a paper application or apply online (pro tip: online applications will be processed more quickly), here are five things to know about applying to JWU. 

1. You can use the Common App or the JWU app to apply.

No one wants to fill out an overwhelming application that takes hours to complete. You can apply to JWU using the Common App (usually opens August 1) or our free JWU application — both options only take about 30 minutes to finish and do not require an essay submission. Explore our apply page to get started. 

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2. Applying to JWU as Early Action has perks.

If you apply to JWU by November 1 as Early Action, you’ll find out your admissions decision on December 1. That means less stress for the rest of your senior year of high school. While others will be anxiously awaiting their admissions decisions from other universities, you’ll already be ahead of the game. Learn more about why and how to apply Early Action.

3. JWU has two amazing campuses to choose from.

That’s right, we have not one but two beautiful campuses to choose from! Our Providence, Rhode Island campus puts you at the center of the capital city’s thriving food, arts, and entertainment scenes. Or, you can head south to immerse yourself in the booming business scene and Southern charm of our Charlotte, North Carolina campus. Either option will give you the premier, experiential education that JWU is known for.

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4. If you haven’t picked a major yet, JWU has you covered.

Whether you’re applying as a first-year undergraduate, a transfer, an online, or a graduate student — we’ve got options for you. With 65+ undergraduate programs, including Undeclared: University Explorations, Undeclared: Business Explorations and Design Your Own Major, there’s something for everyone. You don’t have to have it all figured out when you apply. Explore all of our programs.

5. If you're transferring from another college, we have dedicated transfer representatives to help you make a smooth transition.

We make it easy to transfer to JWU from another college by having a liberal transfer policy to help students maximize the number of credits that will transfer. A dedicated transfer rep will also walk you through the process, and the Student Academic Services team will work with you to transfer as many of your credits as possible. If you're curious about transferring to JWU, you can use our Transfer Evaluation System (TES) to see how courses you've already taken equate to JWU courses.

Even before you apply, we’re here to answer questions and guide you through the whole process. Besides our Admissions and Student Financial Services teams, there are so many resources available within our Student Support Services to ensure you have everything you need to succeed ­– from application to graduation.

Start your JWU journey today!


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