Why Give to Johnson & Wales?

The unique JWU Experience is what has guided our university for the past 100 years, and will continue to guide us as we move boldly into the future. But tuition alone does not fully cover all that JWU offers plus the general operating costs to run a comprehensive university. It is your support that makes the difference and will give rise to a new era of innovation and ambitious academic advancements.


As a comprehensive, private institution, Johnson & Wales University offers a unique educational experience to all students. Our six colleges offer a wide variety of degree programs and our industry-proven faculty teach the real-world skills needed to succeed. Our hands-on learning approach goes far beyond the classroom and includes internships with longstanding partners around the world. Our award-winning and nationally recognized student clubs and organizations provide opportunities for our Wildcats to showcase their skills and seek new opportunities. And as perennial GNAC and EMAC contenders, JWU Athletics highlights our competitive edge and relentless work ethic. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni parents and families bring the Wildcat Way to life as they represent JWU with a sense of Pride, Courage, Character and Community.

5 Reasons to Give

1. Students Need Your Help

Did you know that more than 90% of JWU students receive financial aid or funding for an internship or study abroad experience? Despite our median tuition being less than 60% of private, not-for-profit institutions in the US, many deserving Wildcats still struggle to afford a JWU education. Your gift can open doors and a whole new world of opportunities.

2. Rankings & Ratings

Rankings and ratings are critical to any institution of higher education, and we are a university on the rise. Your yearly gifts, of any amount, improve JWU's reputation and rankings among other colleges & universities. Not only does that help us attract the best and brightest students and faculty, it sends a message to banks and rating agencies. Improved ratings allow for continuous investment in our students, which ultimately increases the value of a JWU degree, for all alumni and for future graduates. As employers continue to seek out JWU alumni to fill their most coveted positions, we all benefit.

3. Your Gift is an Investment

Just like the concept of "paying it forward," your gift today will continue to pay dividends for years to come. Your support of today's students allows them to pursue their dreams at JWU and make a meaningful impact in the world after they graduate. That impact could be felt by all of us for generations to come. There's no limit to what a Wildcat can do!

4. Your Vote of Confidence

When you give to JWU, you demonstrate your belief in our mission and our future. With strong leadership and a sound strategic plan, Johnson & Wales University is poised to boldly move into the future. As a donor, you are helping to make our ambitious achievements possible and showing the world your Wildcat Pride. Your donation will signal to others that JWU is an institution worth supporting, and others will join you in giving. We can accomplish so much more together!

5. Every. Gift. Counts.

You don't have to make a six-figure gift to make an impact. Gifts of all amounts add up when we all donate what we can. If just 10 donors contribute $30 each, the result is $300 or a laptop for a student who needs it to continue their JWU education.  When we all do our part, we can make a difference. That's the power of collective giving!

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Forever JWU

The Mary & Gertrude Society was established to honor our founders, Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, who in 1914 had the courage and vision to create Johnson & Wales. More than a century later, we are proud to celebrate them by honoring loyal donors who have given to the University for three or more consecutive years.

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