Welcome to JWU Charlotte, Wildcat.

Congratulations — your hard work has paid off.

You’re accepted to JWU! This is an incredible accomplishment, so take a moment to celebrate. You don’t have to “imagine” your future anymore – you get to plan it.

When you’re ready to commit to JWU, use the button below to submit your deposit for the fall.

Become a Wildcat

Make it official! Submit your deposit and let us know you’re coming to JWU for Fall 2024.

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Register for New Student Orientation

If you’ve committed to Johnson & Wales by paying your deposit, it’s time to register for Orientation. It’s your next step to becoming a Wildcat! During Orientation, you’ll learn everything you need to know about starting college this fall, including what it’s like to live on campus and how to find people, places and resources to help you.

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Get Social with JWU

Connect with Your Community

jwuLink will be your main portal as a Wildcat. Log in now to access your Admissions Portal (with details about next steps) and the Class of 2028 Accepted Student Group. 

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Your quick guide to living, learning and playing at JWU Charlotte.

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Living on Campus

In Cedar Hall North, you’ll have space to make campus your own while joining a community of fellow first-year students in the heart of a thriving city. You can also apply to bring your pet through JWU’s Pet & Animal Friendly (PAF) Community Living program.

Explore JWU Charlotte Housing

Charlotte Students on Campus

Life at JWU

From exploring the city to getting involved in the campus’ 30 student clubs &organizations to competing on one of JWU Charlotte’s 12 varsity sports teams, there’s no shortage of excitement and ways to make friends here.

Explore Charlotte Student Life

I love that I’m able to walk off campus and be right in the heart of expanding business and hospitality opportunities. Daniel Reid '26, Culinary Nutrition

We're Here for You

While dedicated faculty have your back in classrooms and labs, caring staff help you succeed anywhere else. Wildcats have support for their mind, body and total well-being at JWU.

Just a few JWU resources for you 

Explore all JWU Student Support Services

Important Dates for Wildcats

Event Date
Orientation multiple dates offered
Move-In Day Thursday, August 22, 2024
Welcome Week late August
First Day of Classes Monday, August 26, 2024
Family & Friends Weekend October 4-6, 2024

Financial Aid

You’re investing in your college education, but we’re investing in YOU. 99.6% of our in-person Charlotte students receive scholarship aid from JWU. Let us help guide you through getting financial aid.

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FAFSA — It’s easier than ever!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free financial aid application used to award U.S. federal grants and loans to eligible applicants. Students applying for Fall 2024 can access the new, simplified version now. Be aware that there may be some delays throughout January. If you are unable to access the form, please be patient and try again at a later time.

Paying for College

Help Every Step of the Way

Your personal financial planner can guide you throughout your JWU journey, staying in touch to alert you to resources and deadlines. Connect with your planner now to learn what to expect in your first year.

Meet My Planner

Parents & Families

Wildcats are curious, determined, skilled and go-getting. But you already knew that about your future Wildcat — you’ve watched them grow into these traits, and you know they have the courage and capacity to achieve their goals.

Your student isn’t the only one joining the pack. Connect with other JWU families and become part of the greater Wildcat community!

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