JWU Rises in U.S. News Rankings for 2022-2023

Both of Johnson & Wales University's campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina have been recognized among the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings for 2022, either moving up in categories ranked in past years or appearing on lists for the first time. U.S. News provides these rankings annually to help students narrow their college search, helping families identifying what's important to them.

The recognition follows the academic calendar, meaning that the colleges and universities selected for this recognition retain their rankings for the 2022-2023 period. Here are the four categories that JWU was recognized for among hundreds of contenders:

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Regional Universities, North

JWU ranks among the Best Regional Universities, North, defined by U.S. News & World Report as offering a full range of undergraduate programs as well as offering graduate education.

JWU's flagship campus in Providence, Rhode Island climbed an impressive 24 spots since last year, ranking at 70 out of 175 universities in the Northeast.

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Regional Colleges, South

This year, JWU's Charlotte Campus ranks among the Best Regional Colleges, South, defined by U.S. News & World Report as institutions offering a focus on undergraduate programs while granting fewer than half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

JWU Charlotte ranked #19 out of 99 colleges in this year's Regional Colleges, South category.

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Best Value School

U.S. News & World Report calculates which higher education institutions offer students the best value, taking into account the school's academic quality and the past year's next cost of attendance for an out-of-state student who received an average level of financial aid. "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal," says U.S. News when describing this ranking category.

JWU's Providence Campus ranked #46 out of 78 schools ranked for the category, while JWU's Charlotte Campus ranked #14 out of 33 schools ranked for the category.

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Top Performers on Social Mobility

This category is reserved for colleges that are more successful than others at advancing social mobility (considered a positive change in social status) by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell grants.

JWU's Providence Campus ranked #86 in this category, while JWU's Charlotte Campus ranked #56.

JWU's Reaction to the Rankings

"I am pleased to see the hard work of our faculty and staff over the last year being recognized nationwide." - Chancellor Mim Runey, LP.D.

JWU's mascot Willie walks down a pathway lined with students

The JWU community celebrated at learning that both campuses had performed well in this year's rankings. "I am pleased to see the hard work of our faculty and staff over the last year being recognized nationwide," said Chancellor Mim Runey, LP.D. in an announcement to the entire university.

The chancellor continued: "This means our peers at other colleges and universities are responding favorably to what they are seeing and learning about Johnson & Wales: our new academic programs, the expertise of our faculty, the success of our students and graduates, and our strong financial foundation during a time of economic volatility."

JWU launched a strategic plan last year aiming to position Johnson & Wales as an innovative and comprehensive university that prepares students for careers and leadership in a wide range of industries while providing students with a robust, dynamic campus and university experience.

JWU has been taking additional measures to strengthen the university's many ties to industry while creating a sustainable future and celebrating the Wildcat spirit that fosters a culture of belonging, and the rise in rankings in these important categories shows that JWU is already on the right path for advancing its academic excellence while providing a return on investment for its nearly 9,000 students and more than 120,000 alumni. Learn more about JWU's "Powered by Purpose" strategic plan to see what else is in store for the Wildcat community during the next nine years.


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