Parents & Families

Learn how families are an integral part of the Wildcat Community, whether you and your student are still in the process of deciding on a college or have already been accepted. Is your student already enrolled? Visit our pages for current JWU families for Providence or Charlotte.

Prospective Families

Family of four walks through campus

We’re so glad you’re interested in JWU! Get useful information on JWU admission requirements, programs, majors, and more. Experiencing campus in person or virtually is also an important part of the decision process. Learn more about registering, and taking full advantage of your visit to the JWU community.


Accepted Families

Accepted Family

Congratulations on your family’s acceptance to the Wildcat Community! We understand that attending college is a family investment and the value of a degree should go beyond the cost of tuition. It’s about finding a place to learn with a hands-on approach, working with experienced professionals and becoming part of a community that works side-by-side with students to help them achieve success. Johnson & Wales University has been doing this for 100+ years and during that time many families have become as attached to the university as our students and alumni. We look forward to seeing you on campus for the next four years and joining them.


  • December – apply for FAFSA
  • Spring – Accepted Student Events
    • Your family will receive exclusive invitations for accepted student events. These exciting events celebrate this great achievement. If you are unable to attend a designated accepted student event, we are happy to welcome you on a day that’s convenient to you; schedule your visit today.
  • May 1 – Deposit due
    • To pay online, your student needs to log into their Admissions Portal and submit their deposit through the secure payment link. Once the deposit has been received, students are given instructions to create their Wildcat Email and build a housing profile (if living on campus).
  • May – Invoice sent
    • Invoices contain your financial aid offer, payment balance and payment due date.
    • Email notices are sent when invoices are available; the payment due date for September is in July.
    • Learn more about paying for JWU, including resources for financial aid, scholarships and grants, and student employment options.
  • July: Complete health forms and payment in jwuLink. Learn more about our Health Services.
  • July: Class schedule provided, which can be viewed in jwuLink.
  • July/August: Make sure your student attends New Student Orientation
  • August: Move in. Find out more on our Wildcat Welcome site.


Additional Resources

Parking and Transportation
Student Handbook
JWU Social Hub
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