Johnson & Wales University - Providence, RI, Providence

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Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 17,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 152 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

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  • a great private school with respected degrees in many facets of business,hospitality , baking,cooking, so respected my wife has a masters degree from this school. International... 
    a great private school with respected degrees in many facets of business,hospitality , baking,cooking, so respected my wife has a masters degree from this school. International...  more »
  • A very neat and clean campus. So excited for my daughter to join them this Sept. I love the safety boxes around town! 
    A very neat and clean campus. So excited for my daughter to join them this Sept. I love the safety boxes around town!  more »
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  • I am rating this college solely based upon our experience as a Post 9/11 GI Bill family. This is the only school that I know of that takes the scholarships and grants it gave to our daughter and applied them toward tuition. If you know anything about the VA benefits for college, the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers all tuition and being a yellow ribbon school, JWU is supposed to cover any remaining tuition balance. But they have set their system in such a way that it benefits only them, not the military member or dependent. You will have to pay A LOT out of pocket to cover any additional expenses. They think it's okay that you do so as you get a stipend. I have tried several times to explain to the financial adviser that the stipend is supposed to go to living expenses like car payment, cell phone bill, insurance, etc so it is not a burden for the member or dependent to attend college. Every other university our other children have attended did a much better job of allowing them to use their scholarships and grants for room and board so that their stipend could go towards other living expenses. I would suggest you find a different yellow ribbon school, one that is more military friendly. Any time I have spoken with the VA counselors at the Denver and Rhode Island campuses, they have been rude and impatient. This is not a true yellow ribbon or military friendly school.
  • Food is terrible, especially for a culinary school, dining halls have very limited hours, everything is closed on the weekends and you’re forced to spend your money elsewhere although the meal plan is just as expensive as any other school, why would a college dining hall close at 7 on a weekend? And also be closed from 2:30 to 4:30 with no other dining option available. Dining halls have a very small selection of food each day and they always have empty stations. They don’t have food for people’s dietary needs and they’re always unprepared with their food not having it ready on time. Most of the items on the menu don’t even come with your meal plan so you have to flex them or pay out of pocket and they don’t offer visitor swipes either. Terrible management

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