Your Top 5 Questions on Applying to JWU

Applying to college is exciting but there can be a lot to figure out like what to study, where to apply, and how to afford it. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you are able to find out more information about each school that piques your interest, it will be much easier to make your decision! 

To help you get started, here are the answers to some frequent questions asked by students like you who are looking to apply to Johnson & Wales. This should give you more insight into what the university has to offer and make your college search a little easier. 

1. How Do I Apply to JWU? 

One common question that seems basic but is maybe the most important: how to actually apply to Johnson & Wales. Applying here is pretty simple, you can view your various application options by going to the Apply JWU website

Common App Option

JWU is also a Common Application school. You can view the Providence and Charlotte Common App, and apply through there with ease.

Online Application 

You can also apply directly through our online application. The application process is quick and easy: There are no application fees, essays, letters of recommendation or test requirements.

No matter which way you choose, remember that Johnson & Wales considers all four years of academic performance, as well as extracurricular activities when making admissions decisions. Plus, if you know JWU is for you before November 1, you can apply Early Action and receive a nonbinding admissions decision by Thanksgiving. Rolling admissions applies after November 1.

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2. What GPA do you need for Johnson & Wales? 

In general, JWU seeks a minimum grade average of C+ for admission, which is a GPA of about 2.3. Please note, a lower grade average and curriculum level require a more intensive review of the total application package, and, as mentioned above, JWU considers all four years of academic performance and extracurricular activities when reviewing applications. When in doubt, consider submitting a letter of explanation (think of this as your chance to explain your high school experience and what you have learned from any academic struggles). 

If you want more details on admissions requirements, you can find undergraduate admissions information and admissions contact information so you can reach out with specific questions you may have before you move forward.  

3. What is Johnson & Wales tuition? 

Tuition & Fees information is updated annually. It's important to note that in 2020, 97% of on-campus undergraduate students received financial aid and/or institutional scholarships and grants. JWU offers financial aid based on academic performance and need (your individual need is determined based upon your FAFSA, so it is extremely important to add JWU when you file; our FAFSA code is 003404). The NET Price Calculator is a great tool for both Charlotte and Providence that can help you estimate what you may pay out of pocket for attendance. 

Institutional scholarships and grants are automatically awarded, meaning there are no separate essays to write or applications to submit. You can also apply for additional scholarships outside of JWU to help lower tuition costs, as well.

Of course, we encourage students to connect with their financial advisor for additional assistance with financial aid, as they help students every day figure out how to best fund their JWU education.

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4. How hard is it to get into JWU? 

Our admissions team uses a holistic application review process, which means we look at more than just your grades and GPA. JWU has an acceptance rate of 92.7% and is a test-optional institution. We strive to make a college education easily accessible to all students. As stated before, the minimum grade average is a C+ average but the Admissions team can review applications for students with lower GPAs, making JWU a possibility for students at all academic levels.

5. What is JWU known for? 

JWU is primarily known for its industry-leading culinary programs with notable Alumni such as Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence and Graham Elliot. JWU’s innovative approach to culinary learning encourages critical thinking, discipline, professionalism and leadership.  

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In addition to culinary arts being the university's most recognizable area of study, JWU offers 80-plus fields to focus in, such as Sports Entertainment Management, Graphic Design, Psychology, Cannabis Entrepreneurship and many more. Between our campuses in Providence and Charlotte and online courses, we offer something for every interest. 

Not sure what you want to study? Use our interactive program finder to explore all JWU has to offer. Also, keep in mind that JWU is a place that many students discover their passion. We understand that many students are unsure of their future path when they enter college and have built faculty mentor programs and degrees that will guide your studies. We also offer a Design Your Own Major Program for those who want to study interdisciplinary.  

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Johnson & Wales also has an extremely high Career Outcomes Rate. In 2019, our career outcomes rate was 97.7%. Our alumni often go off and do incredibly well in their careers after they graduate because they were prepared by their professors for life after college while attending JWU.  
We hope having these questions helped you with your college search and inspire you to apply to Johnson & Wales!

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