Intercollegiate Athletics

Eligibility Requirements

To fulfill general and academic eligibility requirements, each student-athlete at Johnson & Wales must

  1. be a full-time matriculating student enrolled in a minimum of 12 quarter credit hours
  2. maintain a 2.00 or above grade point average (freshmen must attain a 1.50 GPA after 1 term of full-time enrollment and a 1.85 GPA after 2 terms of full-time enrollment. Graduate school students must maintain a 3.00 or above GPA.)
  3. earn a minimum of 36 quarter-hour degree credits combined over the last 3 terms of attendance

Varsity Teams

A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.), the Denver Campus of Johnson & Wales University welcomes quality student-athletes who wish to become a part of the 12-team varsity athletic program. Denver Campus teams travel throughout the Midwest and Rocky Mountain region to compete against some of the top teams in the nation. 

Varsity teams include the following:

Men’s Basketball

JWU basketball competes in NAIA Division II, with its schedule including members of NAIA Divisions I and II as well as NCAA Divisions I, II and III.

Women’s Basketball

In addition to competing against members of the NAIA throughout the West, the women’s basketball schedule also includes regional NCAA Division II and III opponents.

Women’s Volleyball

This growing program boasts a schedule of numerous teams of all divisions throughout the region. Women’s volleyball has made strides in growing the program toward being a major contender in the A.I.I. and NAIA.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Since the programs' inception in 2009, the teams have raced against some of the best runners at all collegiate sports levels and advanced individual runners to the NAIA National Championships where they faced off against the best programs in the NAIA.

Men's Soccer

The team competes in the NAIA and the A.I.I. against teams from both the NAIA and NCAA in the region.

Women's Soccer

The Wildcats' schedule includes teams from around the region and competes against both NAIA and NCAA opponents.

Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track

The men's and women's teams race against top-notch talent throughout Colorado in both indoor and outdoor seasons. The goal is to advance individuals to the NAIA National Championships.

Women's Lacrosse

Women's lacrosse made its debut during the 2015–16 season. Being part of the fastest growing sport in Colorado, the Wildcats compete against stiff competition in both the NAIA and the NCAA as a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).

For information on tryouts and schedules, please call Athletics at 303-256-9330.