Letter from the Charlotte Campus President

Welcome to Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte Campus! JWU is a unique private, nonprofit, accredited institution of higher education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. We know you will find your time at JWU will prepare you with skills and knowledge for your future careers.

Our Charlotte Campus serves over 1500 students from 38 states and territories, and nine countries. We are a diverse community of learners pursuing degree programs in four academic colleges including the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Food Innovation & Technology, and the College of Hospitality Management, and you’ll find a culture supported by an exceptional faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and array of student services and organizations, including 11 athletic teams. 

Our location in the heart of Uptown Charlotte provides convenient access to the city’s vibrant culture and numerous opportunities for internships and careers with some of the world’s largest companies like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Lowes Home Improvement, Honeywell and a growing entrepreneurial sector that has launched new industries in micro-breweries, marketing and sports. Students also enjoy convenient access to events and entertainment day or night and are within walking distance to professional sporting events including the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Knights and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

Regardless of your major or your hometown, we know you will find JWU a welcoming environment that fosters your ability to explore and to challenge yourself without limitations. There are four tenets that characterize what it means to be a Wildcat: Pride, Courage, Character, and Community. As you join our Wildcat family, we look forward to your contributions in our academic classrooms, in our student organizations, on the fields and in the kitchens. Take advantage of the numerous opportunities for involvement – on campus and in the surrounding community.

Welcome to JWU Charlotte; a diverse community that will allow you to grow into the person you are destined to become.


Cheryl L. Richards, Ph.D.