Our Roots Support Your Branches

If you’re looking for an institution that has a legacy of providing high-quality, career-relevant education to service members and their families, look no further than Johnson & Wales University.

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Johnson & Wales University was founded by Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales in 1914 on the cusp of World War I in Europe. Three years later when the U.S. entered the war, they educated women who filled the vacated positions of men serving abroad. When the war ended, they provided returning veterans with job training that helped them acclimate back to civilian life.

When the two founders retired in 1947, they passed the torch to two Navy veterans who met while deployed. Edward Triangolo and Morris J.W. Gaebe grew the school with the influx of GIs seeking job skills during the post-World-War-II years.

Our founders not only understood the importance of a professionally-focused education in preparing graduates, but they also spoke with employers to discover their needs, as well as with students to uncover their career aspirations. They created individual curriculum roadmaps for students to achieve their goals, and then worked to place them in companies that were a right fit. The combination of industry-focused curriculum and connecting students to employment opportunities established an institutional DNA that is still thriving today.

Here are three reasons why JWU is right for you!

1. You can set your own schedule in our flexible online-learning environment.

Balance your military requirements, family obligations, and academic studies by accessing courses whenever and wherever you are — even if deployed abroad — through our online educational experience.

2. We value life experience and your military training and experience.

We want to work with you and get you the credit you deserve through our liberal transfer policy. Through your Joint Service Transcript, Coast Guard Institute Transcript, or your CCAF Transcript, we can review your military training and experience and then transfer relevant college credits directly into your selected program of study, ensuring you only take the courses needed to complete your degree and helping you complete your degree quicker. 

3. JWU is committed to helping military service members, veterans, and dependents make the most of their education.

Here’s how we do it: We are a signatory to the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU); We fully support Executive Order EO 13607 – Establishing Principles of Excellence; We fully support the Military Student’s Bill of Rights originally established by the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) ; We recognize that your military training and experience is worth college credit and accept American Council on Education (ACE) credits reflected on your Joint Service Transcripts (JST); We are proud to partner with the VA as a full partner of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For information regarding academic program licensing and certification, visit the Licensure & Professional Certification Disclosures page of the catalog.

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