Undergraduate Admissions


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Future Students

It all starts here

At Johnson & Wales University, we want you to imagine everything your future can be. And then we’ll help you work toward it — because when you work, so does your education. With campuses in Providence, and Charlotte, each with distinct offerings, your options are as open as your potential.

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Selecting a Major

Whether you know exactly what you are looking for, or want to explore different areas of interest, the JWU academic search tool will help you do both. With more than 60 undergraduate program options universitywide, there are infinite outcomes.

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Affording JWU

We work to ensure that your education is not just a valuable investment — it’s a financially attainable goal. Our financial aid team helps families invest in an experience that guides students towards success.

Paying for College

Submitting your Application

Building a life you’ll love starts here. Begin your path towards a lifetime of success by completing your application now. JWU offers both early action and rolling admissions options. Whether submitting online or in print, the process takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Get started!

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Application Deadlines / Undergraduate

Fall Semester Deadlines For Domestic and International Undergraduate Applicants

 Early Action Timeline  Regular Timeline 
 Application Deadline*  November 1  July 31
 Admissions Notification Date  Mid-November Beginning Mid-December

*Transfer students can apply anytime.

Early Action is a non-binding application program

Spring Semester Deadlines  
December 1st is the deadline for submitting all spring semester application materials.

Admissions Requirements / Undergraduate

Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university. Visiting campus, both in‐person or digitally, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you.

  1. Completed application (apply via JWU Application or CommonApp)
  2. High school transcripts or Home School Verification (PDF) (if applicable)
  3. College transcripts if applying for transfer credits
  4. Johnson & Wales is test optional but encourages submission of all test scores
  5. Essays and portfolios are optional but may be submitted to supplement the JWU application

Non-U.S. Citizens Requirements (in addition to requirements above)

In addition to the undergraduate admissions requirements, non-U.S. citizens must also provide:

  1. Proof of English proficiency, if applicable
  2. Completed and signed International Student Financial Declaration Form (PDF) for undergraduate programs
  3. Certified bank statement or government sponsorship letter verifying financial support for one academic year
  4. Copy of biographical section of your valid passport
  5. Non-U.S. students transferring to JWU from another U.S. post-secondary institution must submit a Transfer Verification Form
FAQs / Undergraduate

How much is the application fee?

There is no fee to apply to JWU.

What is the difference between Early Action and Regular Admission?

Early Action has a November 1 deadline for application submission and is only available for the fall entrance semester. It is a non-binding program.

Regular Admission has a deadline of July 31 for the Fall semester and 30 days in advance of a semester start date for Spring and Summer semesters.

How and when will I find out if I am accepted?

Early Action Fall Semester decisions are released beginning mid-November. Regular Admission decisions are released beginning mid-December in the JWU applicant portal. For all other semester starts, students are notified on a rolling basis in the JWU applicant portal.

What are the admission criteria?

Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university. Visiting campus, both in‐person or digitally, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you.

Do I need to write an essay?

Students may wish to submit additional information beyond the required items if they would like to enhance their Johnson & Wales University application. Examples of these optional items include an essay or digital portfolio of their work. Once JWU receives and enters your application into our system, you will receive an invite to the JWU applicant portal and then you may upload your essay and/or portfolio.

Does JWU require SAT/ACT scores or SAT Essay/ACT Writing?

Johnson & Wales is test optional.

What are the requirements for the Honors Program?

Students with a 3.5 GPA and in the top 20% of their class will be invited to apply for the Honors program. The applications will be reviewed for admission into the program and students will be notified of their status.

What is required of Home Schooled students?

We require home schooled students to submit a home school transcript and complete an interview with an admissions officer. Test scores are also accepted, but not required.

I previously attended JWU, how do I re-enroll?

If you were previously enrolled at JWU, you do not need to reapply. Simply readmit to our on-campus programs or online programs.

Are there special requirements for the Early Enrollment Program (EEP)?

Yes, please refer to our Early Enrollment page.

When will I receive my financial aid offer?

If you have already filed the FAFSA as part of the admissions process, financial aid offers may be available with your acceptance. If your FAFSA is completed after your acceptance, your offer will appear in your student portal approximately two weeks after we receive your completed FAFSA.

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