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Top 10 Reasons

  • 10. Dive Into Your Major

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    TAKE CLASSES IN YOUR MAJOR STARTING YOUR FIRST YEAR.

    Explore our 45+ majors.

  • 09. Affordable Education

    Your Tuition + Fees - Average Combined Aid Package = Your Estimated Balance
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    $140 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT SUPPORT ANNUALLY.

    Our goal: To keep your education affordable. 90% of JWU students receive financial aid and a personal financial advisor.

  • 08. One-On-One Advising

    Meet your mentors: They’re more than faculty — they’re career advisors + industry experts.
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    YOU GET 3 PERSONAL ADVISORS FOR ACADEMICS, INTERNSHIPS + CAREERS.

    From day one, work with your JWU advisors to identify what you want to study, create a roadmap and make your goals happen.

  • 07. Choose Your Lifestyle

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    4 CAMPUSES. 4 GREAT CITIES. CHOOSE YOUR JWU.

    Our campuses in Providence, North Miami, Denver + Charlotte offer a range of student clubs, athletics + fun things to do.

  • 06. Faculty Who Know You

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    YOU′RE MORE THAN A NUMBER. YOUR PROFESSOR KNOWS YOUR NAME.

    Connect with your instructors in our small classes — and gain a career mentor.

  • 05. Career Development

    Build your career at JWU — through networking, targeted career fairs and our exclusive job database with 5,600+ job postings.
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    BETWEEN OUR 4 CAMPUSES, WE OFFER:

    • 300+ CAREER EVENTS.
    • 1,800+ INTERVIEWS ON CAMPUS.
    • 1,100+ EMPLOYER VISITS.

    Build your career from day 1: Work with your career advisor to strengthen your interview skills, hone your résumé — and take advantage of our career services.

  • 04. Global Perspective

    90,000 alumni from more than 150 countries have chosen JWU — are you ready to join them?
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    43 STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS. STUDENTS FROM 90+ COUNTRIES. INTERNSHIPS IN 33 COUNTRIES.

    At JWU, there are no borders. Learn to think globally and build the skills to excel in the international workforce.

  • 03. Internships

    Internships are a core part of JWU’s academic program — every year, our students gain hands-on work experience at 1,700+ sites all over the world.
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    4,000 INTERNSHIPS EACH YEAR.

    JWU has relationships with hundreds of the world's leading companies. So you get the work experience you need before you graduate.

  • 02. Professionally-Focused

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    YOU′RE FOCUSED ON YOUR CAREER. SO ARE WE. SO, GET UP FROM YOUR DESK.

    JWU's curriculum integrates arts & sciences with active, industry-focused, experiential education. So you can develop the analytical, communication + critical thinking skills essential for career success, and apply current trends + industry knowledge in our learning labs.

  • 01. Faculty With Experience

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    OUR PROFESSORS ARE: CAREER ADVISORS. INDUSTRY INSIDERS. MENTORS.

    Our faculty have work experience + industry expertise in your future career field. They're about to share it all with you.

Career Potential

Successful Graduates

  • Rob Erskine Hill Holliday Rob Erskine '12: Creative Technologist at Hill Holliday
  • Dirk Shaw Ogilvy PR Dirk Shaw '97, Senior Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Rob Palleschi Hilton Hotels & Resorts Rob Palleschi '86, Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Rob Erskine '12: Creative Technologist at Hill Holliday

Rob Erskine '12

Creative Technologist

Hill Holliday

Clients

Bank of America, Chili’s, Liberty Mutual, Dunkin’ Donuts

What I Do

Concept, design + develop collateral for: Facebook apps, microsites, interactive displays, landing pages + digital ads.
Volunteer consultant for the RI Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Dirk Shaw '97, Senior Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations

Dirk Shaw '97

Sr. VP, 360 Digital Influence

Ogilvy Public Relations

What I Do

Lead agency integration for Ogilvy’s West Coast digital practice ● Oversee strategic planning + creative development for Fortune 500s ● Ensure digital, social + mobile are core components of Ogilvy’s advertising/PR services ● Create engaging digital “word of mouth” programs

My Digital Marketing Experience

  • National digital strategist, Vignette
  • VP of strategy, Macquarium
  • Past Clients: Delta Air Lines, CocaCola, Home Depot

Rob Palleschi '86, Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Rob Palleschi '86

Global Head

HILTON HOTELS & RESORTS

What I Do

Oversee all aspects of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship brand ● Lead a portfolio of 550+ hotels/resorts across 6 continents

My Hotel Experience

Hotel operations ● Product development ● Strategic direction ● Guest experience ● Property management ● Brand performance

Past branding work

Double Tree by Hilton ● Sheraton ● Radisson

  • Loren Nalewanski Marriott International Loren Nalewanski '89, Vice President, Global Brand Management, TownePlace Suites & Marriott Executive Apartments
  • Fernando Desa Goya Foods Fernando Desa '01, Executive Chef + Product Development Manager, Goya Foods
  • Emeril Lagasse Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse '78, '90 Hon., Chef, Restaurateur + TV Personality
Loren Nalewanski '89, Vice President, Global Brand Management, TownePlace Suites & Marriott Executive Apartments

Loren Nalewanski '89

VP, Global Brand Management

TownePlace Suites & Marriott Executive Apartments

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

My Path

START: Manager trainee with Courtyard by Marriott > Leadership roles in all Courtyard departments > General manager > HR area director > VP, Work Environment & Talent Management for North America > VP, Operations Deployment for Global Lodging Services > TODAY: Brand leader for 3, 000 apartments in 20 locations worldwide.

Fernando Desa '01, Executive Chef + Product Development Manager, Goya Foods

Fernando Desa '01

Executive Chef + Product Development Manager

GOYA FOODS

What I Do

Fuse ingredients from around the world with methods handed down through generations to create authentic, refined Latin American flavors for 1,600+ products.
Work with marketing to address the changing lifestyles and diets of today’s consumers.

My Company

Largest US Hispanic-owned food company, with 3,500+ employees and annual sales in excess of $1 billion.

Emeril Lagasse '78, '90 Hon., Chef, Restaurateur + TV Personality

Emeril Lagasse '78, '90 Hon.

World-renowned chef. Restaurateur. TV personality. Megabrand.

Accomplishments

13 award-winning restaurants ● 17 bestselling cookbooks ● Food correspondent, “Good Morning America” ● Host, “Top Chef” ● Hosted 2,000+ shows on the Food Network

Honors:

2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

  • Brenda Dann-Messier US Dept. of Education Brenda Dann-Messier '00 EdD, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education
  • John Benevides CCO Investment Services John Benevides '98, '01 MBA, VP, Institutional Sales & Trading, CCO Investment Services Corporation
  • Lena Kwak Cup4Cup John Benevides '98, '01 MBA, VP, Institutional Sales & Trading, CCO Investment Services Corporation
Brenda Dann-Messier '00 EdD, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, US Department of Education

Brenda Dann-Messier '00 EdD

Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education

US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

What I Do

Run the Office of Vocational & Adult Education (OVAE), which oversees the administration of 7 grant programs totaling about $1.7 billion annually ● Serve as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s chief advisor on higher-education issues ● Manage 60+ postsecondary education programs, totaling nearly $2.5 billion annually

John Benevides '98, '01 MBA, VP, Institutional Sales & Trading, CCO Investment Services Corporation

John Benevides '98, '01 MBA

VP, Institutional Sales & Trading

CCO INVESTMENT SERVICES CORP.

“My mission is to help people help themselves by educating and directing them to sound investment planning.”

My Experience

CCO: VP, Fixed income + structure product sales and trading ● Senior institutional relationship manager ● Managing director, brokerage services group
Charles Schwab: Business development specialist

Loren Nalewanski '89, Vice President, Global Brand Management, TownePlace Suites

Lena Kwak '07

President, Chief Developer & Co-founder

CUP4CUP

“Don’t be afraid to dream big and truly believe in yourself.”

What I Do

Develop multipurpose gluten-free flours and waffle, brownie and pizza crust mixes• Formulate new products + chef-tested recipes for Thomas Keller Enterprises • Collaborate with chefs to make food better for all

Accolades

Forbes “30 Under 30” Honoree 2012 Martha Stewart “American Made” Winner


Internships > Careers

Last year more than 4,000 students gained hands-on industry experience at 1,700+ internship sites around the world. 58% of paid interns received a job offer!

Internships at Top Companies

MANY STUDENTS INTERN AT:

Every year, JWU students gain hands-on experience for credit at top companies like: Heinz, Marriott, Disney, Hasbro, Nordstrom, the Denver Broncos, Amica Insurance, the Ritz-Carlton + Swarovski.

About JWU

Key Facts

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Since 1914, we′ve become a world-renowned leader in experiential education. At JWU, you′ll get an exceptional education in the field you want to pursue. Learn from skilled faculty, many with experience in your desired industry. Build your resume with internships and real-world projects before you graduate. Dive in and take advantage of the many opportunities available — your future is waiting at Johnson & Wales.

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