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Providence, Rhode Island

Since its opening in 1914, Johnson & Wales University’s original campus in Providence, R.I., has grown from a small business school to a large, international university featuring business, culinary arts, hospitality, technology and arts & sciences programs.

For more information about JWU’s Providence Campus, contact
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903

The City

Providence offers big-city sophistication on a welcoming scale, and is often voted one of the country’s best places to live. A historic yet fast-paced city, Providence is located within the highest per capita concentration of colleges and universities in the U.S., so it’s alive with things to do.

The major business, financial and retail districts of the city are all within walking distance of the Downcity Campus, which is convenient for students looking for part-time jobs. Also within walking distance are the Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence Public Library, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Rhode Island Convention Center, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence Place Mall, outdoor skating at the Bank of America City Center, the Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and places of worship of many major religious denominations. Restaurants for every taste and budget, many owned or operated by JWU alumni, can be found throughout the city as well.

Providence’s unique geographic location — only an hour’s drive from both Boston and Cape Cod, and three hours’ drive from New York City — makes it an inviting place to live. Interstate bus and train stations are within easy reach of the Downcity Campus, and the state airport in Warwick is only about 10 miles to the south. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides free transportation within Rhode Island to students with a valid ID.

The Campus

The Downcity Campus is anchored by Gaebe Commons, a popular hub of student activity, and surrounded by a variety of shops, restaurants, cafés, music venues and a picturesque riverfront. This campus is home to students in the College of Management, the School of Engineering & Design and the College of Arts & Sciences.

The nearby Harborside Campus sits on 105 scenic acres along Narragansett Bay, and houses the College of Culinary Arts, the Wildcat Center (home of the NCAA Division III Wildcats), and the Culinary Arts Museum at JWU. Residential facilities are located throughout Providence and Cranston. JWU provides free shuttle bus service between the campuses and residence halls.

Academic Facilities and Administrative Offices — Downcity Campus

THE ACADEMIC CENTER at 138 Mathewson Street houses the School of Technology and features classrooms; the media/graphics department; computer, engineering and science laboratories; faculty offices; the dean’s office, Alan Shawn Feinstein Technology & Design Center, and the School of Engineering & Design Presentation Room.

The CENTER FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES, located at 35 Claverick Street, houses classrooms, laboratories and faculty and directors offices for the Physician Assistant program.

The CITIZENS BANK CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT at 232 Weybosset Street houses Student Activities (including the Campus Herald and Johnsonian yearbook offices), Greek Councils, New Student Orientation & Support Programs, Parent Relations and Spiritual Life.

THE DEL SESTO building, located at 274 Weybosset Street, houses Information Technology Operations.

The JOHN HAZEN WHITE CENTER FOR ARTS & SCIENCES, located at 30 Chestnut Street (the corner of Pine and Chestnut streets), contains the departments of English, English as a Second Language (ESL), humanities, mathematics and social sciences, as well as the language laboratory and arts and sciences classrooms. It also houses the Market Place campus dining facility, Inactive Records, the Center for Academic Support for the Downcity Campus, Experiential Education & Career Services for the Downcity Campus, the dean’s office and faculty offices.

JOHNSON HALL, located at 59 Chestnut Street, includes accounting faculty offices, several accounting classrooms, City Burger (a snack bar and grill for students, faculty and staff) and Starbucks®.

The Johnson & Wales University PARKING GARAGE, located at the corner of Pine and Richmond Streets, offers convenient, affordable parking for all students. Students need their university ID to enter and rates are posted at the entrance.

ONE WEYBOSSET HILL, located at 33 Broad Street, houses the central administration office of the university on the sixth floor, and University Admissions, National Student Organizations and Information Technology on the fifth floor. It is also the home of the University Bookstore (operated by Follett Higher Education Group), located on the first floor.

The RICHMOND Building is located at 270 Weybosset Street. It currently houses Information Technology, the Employee Development Institute and Student Communications, as well as the Providence Police Department District 1 Substation.

The administrative and operations headquarters for CAMPUS SAFETY & SECURITY are located at 264 Weybosset Street.

The STUDENT SERVICES CENTER, located at 274 Pine Street, houses Student Academic & Financial Services, International Student Services, Student ID cards, Study Abroad and Institutional Research.

The TACO CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND ARTS & SCIENCES, located at 10 Abbott Park Place, houses classrooms and faculty offices for the economics department, the science department and the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship. The Alan Shawn Feinstein Community Service Center and the Honors Program office are on the fifth floor.

WALES HALL, located at 8 Abbott Park Place, houses the fitness center, shower and locker rooms and the commuter lounge on the lower level, and the Pepsi Forum auditorium, Student Payroll, Health Education and the Gender Equity Center on the first floor. The second floor houses the Chancellor’s Office, Counseling Services and Community Relations. The third floor houses Health Services for the Downcity Campus. The fourth and fifth floors are home to JWU’s Human Resources and Payroll.

The XAVIER COMPLEX, located at 259 Pine Street at Broad and Claverick streets, houses classrooms, faculty offices, a variety of computer and word processing labs, and Schneider Auditorium. This complex also houses the College of Management. The Statler Dining Room, a hospitality kitchen lab, Bistro 61 and a hospitality beverage lab are on the first floor.

Xavier Hall in the Xavier Complex includes an interdenominational chapel, the BRIDGE Center, Online Learning, and a residence hall with laundry facilities.

THE YENA CENTER, located at 111 Dorrance Street in Downcity Providence, houses the main library and library administrative offices, undergraduate Admissions (except culinary), Catering and Special Events, and the university’s offices for Accounts Payable; Accounting; Procurement; Compliance, Internal Audit & Risk Management; and Office of General Counsel, as well as We Proudly Serve and Campus Dining.

Academic Facilities and Administrative Offices — Harborside Campus

63 BAKER STREET houses Resource Development, Alumni Relations, University Design & Editorial Services and University Marketing.

The ALUMNI HOUSE, at 1146 Narragansett Boulevard in Cranston, is used for distinguished visiting professor lodging. 

The CUISINART CENTER FOR CULINARY EXCELLENCE, located at 333 Shipyard Street, is where the College of Culinary Arts is based. This also includes College of Culinary Arts faculty offices, the deans’ and administrative offices, the Coors Brewing Laboratory and the International Baking & Pastry Institute.

The center includes hot and cold kitchens, bakeshops and pastry shops, dining rooms, meatcutting and meat processing rooms, receiving and storeroom, an oenology and beverage service laboratory, and culinary purchasing offices.

The GRACE WELCOME CENTER at 120 Harborside Boulevard is the location for Culinary and Graduate Admissions. The facility includes a 70-seat presentation room, Galleria of Culinary Artifacts, conference room and welcome area, as well as staff office space.

HARBOR VIEW, located at 1150 Narragansett Boulevard in Cranston, houses a large student dining hall, kitchen and bakeshop labs and a residence hall with laundry facilities.

THE HARBORSIDE ACADEMIC CENTER (HAC), at 265 Harborside Boulevard houses department faculty offices for the College of Culinary Arts, as well as the department chairs of culinary arts and food service.

Academic facilities include classrooms, the chocolate and sugar lab and the baking technology lab. CAFE, the Culinary Arts Foodservice Exposition, is an addition to the Harborside Academic Center and features state-of-the-art kitchens and laboratories, bakeshops, a food science and product development lab, and the Cintas Dining Room used by culinary arts students. HAC also contains a Starbucks®, Red Sauce Pizza & Pasta, the University Office of Culinary Education, microbiology lab, a multimedia center, the HAC Amphitheater, Culinary Special Services and the Harborside Computer Center, containing 156 computers, five computer labs and an administrative staff area. 

THE FRIEDMAN CENTER, located at 321 Harborside Boulevard, houses several student services that have been located together for student convenience.

These offices and their hours of operation are

  • Residential Life: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Experiential Education & Career Services: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Student Academic & Financial Services: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon (first Saturday of each month)

Also located in this building are the Center for Academic Support, the Culinary Arts Museum at JWU, the Harborside Campus Library, Printing & Mailing Services, the Harborside Substation of Campus Safety & Security, Liberty Market, as well as the warehouse, the administrative offices of Facilities Management, Facilities Engineering and Maintenance, classrooms, department faculty offices for the College of Arts & Sciences and Online Learning, the office of the vice president of student affairs and Counseling Services on the second floor.

The WILDCAT CENTER, located at 305 Shipyard Street, houses Health Services for the Harborside Campus, Athletics, two gymnasiums, student life programming space, game room, fitness center, the university's Harborside Bookstore (operated by Follett Higher Education Group), Student Activities and Student Conduct.

University-owned or -operated Practicum Educational Facilities

JWU is in a unique position to offer students hands-on learning in a variety of industry-related businesses. The following practicum educational facilities are owned or operated by JWU and provide students with internships in their field of study.

The RADISSON HOTEL PROVIDENCE AIRPORT, located in Warwick, R.I., near T.F. Green State Airport, offers internships in culinary, restaurant, food service and lodging operations.

Staffed by JWU travel-tourism internship students, the T.F. Green State Airport INFORMATION BOOTH helps travelers to Rhode Island find their way to the state's best attractions and learn about lodging and transportation options.

Equine students study horse care and management at the CENTER FOR EQUINE STUDIES, a JWU-owned stable, paddock and ring in Rehoboth, Mass., reserved for the university’s exclusive use, with limited space for students to board their own horses.

In SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY LABS including the Feinstein Center for Technology & Design, students perform graphics, Web, programming, networking, database and other technology-based services for a number of clients.

In UNIVERSITY FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING, accounting students have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of accounting and financial functions including student payroll, accounts payable, accounting clerk functions in inventory and sales reporting, general ledger, financial reporting and budgeting, and accounting cycle functions.

The food service industry spans a range of operational facilities and outlets. Johnson & Wales University provides a variety of food service outlets that serve as practicum educational facilities for students participating in internships. The spectrum of food service operations varies from high-quantity, volume production to specialized coffee and retail outlets. The following are some of the practicum educational facilities available for internships.

CITY BURGER, located at the corner of Chestnut and Pine streets, is the best place to grab a fresh-ground hamburger, hand-cut fries and a milkshake.

HARBOR VIEW at the Harborside Campus is a quantity-food facility. It serves a wide variety of fresh foods daily.

The JOHNSON & WALES BAKERY COMMISSARY is located in Harbor View at the Harborside Campus. This high-volume professional baking facility produces desserts and pastries served universitywide.

LIBERTY MARKET, located in The Friedman Center, offers healthy foods and snacks, fresh coffee and pastries, art and school supplies and various residence hall room necessities. It also offers a large selection of juices, energy drinks, frozen entrées, ice cream and favorite snack foods, including vegetarian and organic items, as well as magazines, specialty gift baskets and personal items.

MARKET PLACE is located in the John Hazen White Center at the corner of Pine and Chestnut streets. It serves great food cooked to order, and features Nature’s Bounty Grill, where all items are sustainable, all natural or organic.

RED SAUCE PIZZA & PASTA, located in the Academic Center at the Harborside Campus, is the latest lunch, dinner and late-night dining option. The menu features made-to-order pastas, grilled pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and farm fresh salads.

SNOWDEN DINING CENTER is located on Weybosset Street, and specializes in a variety of grilled and made-to-order items and signature sandwiches.

STARBUCKS® store, operated by Johnson & Wales University pursuant to a license from Starbucks Corporation, is located next to City Burger at the corner of Chestnut and Pine streets. A second Starbucks store is located on the Harborside Campus. We Proudly Serve is located in The Yena Center. Menu items include coffee, tea and pastry selections.

The WEYBOSSET STREET CAFÉ, located on the corner of Page and Weybosset streets, offers an eclectic menu of international food.

University Library Network

The Johnson & Wales University Library Network is comprised of the libraries of the Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. campuses. An important aspect of the network is the access it provides to resources, services and facilities shared by the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN), a consortium of academic, law, and health sciences libraries in southern New England. Johnson & Wales University Library is also a key partner with the university’s academic programs in the enhancement of student research skills through the delivery of classroom instruction, online information literacy tutorials, Web-based guides customized to the research outcomes of specific courses and curricula, plus personalized reference services delivered to students in person, over the phone, through email, online chat, or SMS. In addition, the library hosts the Scholar’s Archive@JWU, an open-access digital commons dedicated to preserving and promoting examples of scholarly or artistic works produced at or belonging to the university.

The main Johnson & Wales University Library facility in Providence occupies the first two floors of The Yena Center at 111 Dorrance Street. It houses the largest of the University Library Network’s book, periodical and audiovisual resource collections, as well as the administrative offices of the university dean of libraries. Other resources include access to numerous online databases, computer workstations, group study rooms, private study carrels, soft seating, an electronic classroom and wireless Internet connectivity throughout the facility. Coffee, tea and light snacks can be purchased from the We Proudly Serve café, generally open according to library hours. During the academic year the library’s hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Professional reference services are available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 10 p.m. Note that schedules are subject to change during exam weeks, term breaks, holidays and over the summer.

Library collections and services at the Harborside Campus are located in The Friedman Center at 321 Harborside Boulevard and primarily support the curricula for the College of Culinary Arts, with ancillary resources available graduate programs. Like its downcity affiliate, this facility provides access to online databases, computer workstations, group study rooms and wireless Internet connectivity, as well as numerous books, periodicals and audiovisual resources. In addition, this library holds an important collection numbering in the thousands of restaurant menus from around the world. Hours of operation during the academic year are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Professional reference services are available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 10 p.m.

Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University

Located in The Friedman Center at 315 Harborside Boulevard on the Harborside Campus, the Culinary Arts Museum at JWU is an educational resource for Johnson & Wales University, the community-at-large, food scholars and the food service industry. The Culinary Arts Museum at JWU seeks to both preserve and interpret the broad culinary and hospitality heritage addressed by the university. It is a showcase for the work of students, faculty, alumni and distinguished visiting chefs. Through exhibitions and special events, the museum strives to interpret the evolution of food preparation and presentation, the development of culinary equipment and technology, the diverse menus offered and the places where people dine.

Since its founding in 1989, the Culinary Arts Museum has acquired several substantial donations and individual gifts which are in need of varying degrees of additional documentation and conservation. Starting May 20, 2013, Johnson & Wales University is conducting a comprehensive inventory of the holdings, a collection estimated to be more than 250,000 items. The museum will be closed to the public so that the staff can focus on completing this intensive project in a timely manner. The museum will reopen in September 2014.

Computer Laboratories

Johnson & Wales University has computer labs available for students to use email, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, jwuLink and more. Additional labs are available to students enrolled in classes that teach specialty software or technology.

Students must have an active JWU email account to access lab computers. Documents can be saved to student-acquired USB drives or they can be attached to and sent through email. Students cannot save files onto computers in the labs.

Lab locations are

Downcity Campus

Academic Computer Labs
Academic Center — 4th floor
138 Mathewson Street, Providence, R.I.

Xavier Computer Labs

Xavier Academic Complex — 2nd floor
259 Pine Street, Providence, R.I.

Harborside Campus

Harborside Computer Labs
Harborside Academic Center
265 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, R.I.

Residence Halls

All halls are coeducational and smoke free. All are cable and Internet ready. During the first two weeks of the fall term, each room is provided with a MicroFridge®, which students may opt to rent for the rest of the year, with the exception of Renaissance Hall, The Cove and Harborside Village, which feature full-size refrigerators. Students are allowed only one MicroFridge per room.

Downcity Campus

The Cove

1 Park Row West, Providence, R.I.

The Cove is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and is located downcity near the train station and a short walk from campus. This hall has two-, three- and four-person apartments which feature gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hardwood floors. Bedrooms are carpeted and a washer/dryer is provided in each apartment unit (no card or coin required). Residents of The Cove are required to agree to abide by a community policy agreement as a condition to residing in The Cove. There is no meal plan included at this hall. Students can purchase Wildcat Meals from Student Academic & Financial Services.

Imperial Hall

15 Hospital Street, Providence, R.I.

Imperial Hall is a residence facility containing single-, double-, triple- and some quad-occupancy rooms. Single- and double-occupancy rooms on the second and third floors have private baths, at a slightly higher cost than the first floor. The first floor of Imperial offers community bathrooms as well as an on-site kitchen, plus community space on the lower level. It is reserved primarily for upperclassmen. Student parking is not available at this hall.

McNulty Hall

101 Pine Street, Providence, R.I.

McNulty Hall is located adjacent to The Yena Center (library) at the Pine Street perimeter of Gaebe Commons. McNulty houses first-year technology, business, hospitality, arts & sciences and culinary arts students, and features double-, triple- and quad- occupancy rooms, all of which are air conditioned and have private baths. Also, McNulty features laundry rooms and a variety of common areas for study and recreational use. Student parking is not available at this hall, although private parking is available from vendors in nearby lots.

Renaissance Hall

101 Cedar Street, Providence, R.I.

Renaissance Hall is located at the corner of Dean and Cedar streets, near the historic Federal Hill section of Providence. Renaissance houses first-year, international and upperclass students. Located on a regular university bus route, it is close enough to classes that many students choose to walk together to class. This facility provides suite-style living with primarily four residents in each unit. Equipped with kitchens and private baths, this facility also maintains a recreation room and study rooms, as well as a laundry room. Limited university student parking is available through a lottery process for upperclassmen. There is no meal plan included at this hall. Students can purchase Wildcat Meals from Student Academic & Financial Services.

Snowden Hall

32 Page Street, Providence, R.I.

Snowden Hall, available at a slightly higher cost, contains double-, triple- and quad- occupancy rooms with private baths and air conditioning. Residents of this hall are a mix of first-year and upperclassmen. It also houses a dining center featuring grilled-to-order items and signature sandwiches. Student parking is not available at this hall.

Xavier Hall

60 Broad Street, Providence, R.I.

Xavier Hall, adjacent to the Xavier Academic Complex, has a limited number of single occupancy rooms for upperclass students, and double-, triple- and quad-occupancy rooms available for first-year students. Student parking is not available at this hall.

Harborside Campus

EAST HALL (401-598-1189)
WEST HALL (401-598-1155)
SOUT HALL (401-598-4720)

2 Washington Avenue, Providence, R.I.

East, West and South halls are neighboring residence halls located on the Harborside Campus near academic and student service facilities. Primarily for culinary and baking & pastry arts students, rooms in East Hall and South Hall house four residents. West Hall offers triple rooms. Each hall has community bathrooms, a laundry room, study room and recreation room. University student parking is available to all with a valid sticker.

Harbor View

1150 Narragansett Boulevard, Cranston, R.I.

Harbor View is located on the Cranston-Providence line and overlooks Narragansett Bay. It is within walking distance of the Harborside Campus. Harbor View contains triples and some quads with private baths, as well as a dining center, recreation room with a large-screen TV, and study room. It is reserved for upperclassmen and some first-year students. There is limited parking available.

Harborside Village

100 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, R.I.

Open to juniors and seniors, Harborside Village is comprised of 12 individual buildings with 12 four-person apartment units in each. Apartments are fully furnished and feature four single, private bedrooms; two private bathrooms; an eat-in kitchen; a common room; and a washer/dryer unit (no card or coin required). An on-site community building houses village resident mailboxes, a function room, a game room, and the community management office. Parking is available through a lottery process. Residents of Harborside Village are required to agree to abide by a community policy agreement as a condition to residing in Harborside Village. There is no meal plan included at this hall. Students can purchase Wildcat Meals from Student Academic & Financial Services.

Centennial House

135 Norwood Avenue, Cranston, R.I.

Centennial House, located a short distance from the Harborside Campus and open to sophomores and juniors, is a nontraditional housing option, different from that of a residence hall. Opening in 2013, Centennial House houses approximately 25 residents in a cooperative-style living environment focused on self-governance and community service.

Campus Dining Services

JWU is in a unique position to provide students with quality food service. Culinary arts and hotel students, as part of their laboratory training, provide much of the food service at the university, under the supervision of professional chef-instructors.

The following dining centers are available for students on a meal plan and their guests: Harbor View Dining Center, Market Place, Red Sauce Pizza & Pasta, Weybosset Street Café, Snowden Dining Center, City Burger, as well as three Starbucks® which are located on the Downcity and Harborside campuses.

All resident students, except for those living in The Cove and Harborside Village, are required to subscribe to the university’s Room and Board plan, which provides 15 meals per week. Commuter and all resident students may make use of the campus dining facilities as well by purchasing commuter meals. Meals can be purchased individually or at a discounted price in blocks of 10, 25 or 50 at Campus Dining, located in The Yena Center, 111 Dorrance Street. For more information, contact Campus Dining at 401-598-1433.

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