Johnson & Wales University-Denver


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Quarter

State: Colorado


Johnson & Wales University is a career-centered university with four campuses in the United States -- Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Denver campus is home to three colleges: the College of Business, the Hospitality College, and the College of Culinary Arts. Culinary Arts has the highest enrollments. Students come from 49 states and 9 countries. Johnson & Wales approaches academics differently than many schools, and it may not be the best choice for students who are uncertain about their career direction. Unlike many colleges and universities that view the first year or two as a time of academic exploration and discovery, Johnson & Wales gets students started on courses in their majors from the first year. JWU's curriculum emphasizes real-life applications of learning, hands-on experiences, internships, and other forms of professional engagement. Academics are supported by a 25 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the student life front, Johnson & Wales has dozens of clubs and organizations and an intercollegiate athletic program. The JWU Wildcats compete in the NAIA Association of Independent Institutions. The university fields three men's and three women's intercollegiate teams. Located on a 26-acre campus in a historic neighborhood of Denver, JWU provides students with easy access to the attractions of the city as well as nearby skiing and outdoor recreation.

Most Popular Majors

Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Hotel Management, Marketing, Sports and Entertainment Management

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1454
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1454
Faculty: 47

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 31:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 31:1

Percent Male: 43%
Percent Female: 57%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 53%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

7150 Montview Blvd
Denver Colorado 80220


Main Email:

Main Phone: 877-598-3368

Additional Campuses:
Johnson & Wales University - Providence
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami
1701 NE 127th Street
North Miami, Florida 33181

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte
801 West Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Admissions Contact:
Bob Purfurst

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
We evaluate each application based on transcripts, work history and community involvement to get a holistic view of each student.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Credit is usually granted for courses completed with a grade of "C" or better (with a numeric value of 2.0) from another accredited institution.

Credits (Min/Max):
Students with at least 30 credits or 45 quarter-credits from another college will be reviewed for admission. Student with less than these credits will be reviewed for admissions based upon college and high school transcripts.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT and ACT scores are not required for general admission to the university. However, they're required for honors admissions.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Accepted, but not required

Essay(s) required:
Not required

Application Fee:

Other Requirements:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 596

Transfers Accepted: 431

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 72%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 70%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 2%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1800

Other Expenses: 1250

Room and Board: 9261

Tuition and Fees: 25407

Total Cost: 37718

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
If a student has earned 30 credits or 45 quarter-credits at another college with GPA of 3.0, that student is eligible for a Transfer Scholarship.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7424

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 99%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 92%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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