Accreditations and Approvals
Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. This accreditation encompasses the university’s four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Charlotte, N.C.; and its online programs. Inquiries regarding JWU’s accreditation status should be directed to the Office of the Provost, Johnson & Wales University, One Weybosset Hill, Sixth Floor, 33 Broad Street, Providence RI 02903; phone: 401-598-1410. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4531
Toll-free phone: 888-88-NEASC
Legal control is vested in the Board of Trustees of Johnson & Wales University.
The university is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
JWU is listed in the Education Directory of Colleges & Universities issued by the U.S. Department of Education.
JWU, its faculty, and members of the administrative staff hold affiliation with numerous organizations.
Johnson & Wales University will make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student, upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation, approval or licensing. This information, as well as contact information for accreditors, may be obtained by contacting the Associate Provost for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Office of the Provost, Johnson & Wales University, One Weybosset Hill, Sixth Floor, 33 Broad Street, Providence RI 02903; phone: 401-598-1359.
Providence Campus: The State of Rhode Island has chartered Johnson & Wales University as a nonprofit degree-granting institution of higher learning.
North Miami Campus: JWU is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; toll-free phone: 888-224-6684.
Denver Campus: The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has authorized JWU under the Degree Authorization Act to offer instruction leading to the award of credits and/or degrees in Colorado.
Charlotte Campus: The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina has licensed JWU under G.S. 116-15(b) to conduct degree activity in North Carolina.
Providence and Denver Campuses — B.S. in Culinary Nutrition Program: The Providence Campus and Denver Campus Culinary Nutrition programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone: 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. The Providence Campus and Denver Campus Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) meet the standards of education set by ACEND.
Providence Campus — M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the accrediting agency that defines the standards for PA education within the territorial U.S., has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Johnson & Wales University.
About Provisional Status: Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. Successful graduates will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) from JWU and will be qualified to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) that is required for licensure as a physician assistant.
Online Campus: Johnson & Wales University offers online B.S. and Master's degree programs in business and hospitality and is required to publish information regarding certain state approvals of these programs.
Johnson & Wales University is registered with the Maryland Commission of Higher Education to enroll Maryland students in its fully online distance education programs. The Commissions registration of the University’s programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the University’s programs.
Johnson & Wales University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 and 136A.71. Registration with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201 (phone: 803-737-2260), licenses Johnson & Wales University to recruit South Carolina students into its programs. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality.
Student Complaint Process for Online Students: If you are enrolled as an online student and you have a complaint or grievance that cannot be resolved through Johnson & Wales University’s complaint and grievance process, you may file a complaint with the state in which you reside by referring to the following list of State Agencies.