Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Denver, CO, USA

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Johnson & Wales University-Denver
3.66 Average Rating

John from Colorado Springs, CO

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The student must be driven to lear to really get the full value of the classes at JWU, but if you apply yourself, you can really get a really good education.
Am enjoying being here
Its a small school, so you end up knowing pretty much everybody, which can be a bad thing, but its nice having a pretty tight knit community.
Bang for the buck
The school is pretty expensive, but there is a lot of value in the name, as well as the education you get here.
Tips for prospective students
Apply for a lot of scholarships to help you pay for this school.
Great for these types of students
Driven, career-focused students who still want the standard college experience
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JK

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
In certain classes I feel like you can learn a lot about the products you produce as well as the ingredients it takes to make them. However, there are some classes that aren't really teaching you anything new, just mainly review.
Bang for the buck
You definitely are on a personal level with the chefs and they are always offering to teach you new things. Also, if you are a person into competitions, it would be a great asset to learn how to adjust according to altitude and learn why certain ingredients would give you a specific result in your products. You also get a feel for the 'industry' and what will be expected of you in the real world.
Tips for prospective students
Visit the campus and make sure it is the right fit for you! Just because you think a campus might sound great doesn't mean you will actually enjoy living there. Ask as many questions as possible, don't be afraid to ask questions that concerns you such as safety, cost, weather, etc.
Make sure Johnson and Wales offer your major that you want to have a profession in! So that you will actually want to go to school and learn.
And make sure to plan ahead. Make all your payments on time and mark the dates on your calendar for important reminders.
Great for these types of students
People who love the outdoors, the weather is really great in Colorado and the air is fresh and clean.
People who like the cold. When it snows and gets cooler you can even have a high in the negatives!
People who actually want to learn. If you just want to kick back and do minimal work then don't bother coming because it will be a waste of your time and money; you should actually want to try and learn because you have a passion for it.
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Jacqueline, CA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
A university dedicated to achieving academic success in all of it's students. Johnson & Wales in Denver is a small yet beautiful campus that has a friendly feel for incoming students. Johnson & Wales is one of the few culinary schools that provides the skills needed for students to survive in the competitive culinary world.
Tips for prospective students
One tip for prospective students is know that college life at Johnson & Wales will be unlike anything you will experience. Another tip is to once you have been accepted, take advantage of Johnson & Wales study abroad programs where they offer numerous locations to choose from.
Academic Rigor
Unlike other universities that have students start with their basic education first, Johnson & Wales follows the upside down curriculum where students take their main classes first. Overall the classes are not too strenuousness but it all depends on the degree the student is pursuing.
Dorm Life
The dorm life is rather nice and it's like most colleges except there are three halls from which new students can choose from. As for returning students the accommodations are much better but over all have that average college feel. Also, Johnson & Wales offers selective housing for students that wish to be surrounded by other fellow students studying in their field.
Food and Dining
The food is rather good unlike most colleges. The meal plans are affordable and there are a good number of food selection on campus. The only down side is that if a meal is not used up then it does not carry over.
What to do for fun
There is a limitless number of things to do for fun at Johnson & Wales. Along with the great activities on campus there is ten times more off campus. Since the school is ten minutes away from Denver there are great opportunities to have fun.
Bang for the buck
At Johnson & Wales the term bang for you buck does not even come close to describing this school. Every dollar spent on tuition goes directly to educational purpose. Unlike other culinary facilities, Johnson & Wales knows how to channel their money directly where it needs to go which is directly back to teaching their students.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There seem to be no unusual traditions but the campus has a Frisbee golf course built in heart of the campus.
Great for these types of students
If a student knows what they want to to do in the culinary world then Johnson and Wales is the perfect place for that student. Johnson & Wales guides their students directly into what they want and what they need to succeed in this cut throat industry.
Clubs and Activities
Johnson & Wales never seems to have an end to the clubs and activities. There a few sports team with dedicated coaches to guide incoming athletes in their sports. The a few clubs but the school allows students to create clubs if they wish to. Along with the on campus activities there a many more off campus with the university providing safe options as well.
Greek Life
Unfortunately there is no Greek Life at Johnson & Wales in Denver.
Campus Safety
At Johnson & Wales in Denver the safety is quite high. The campus has somewhat of a closed environment but open as well that creates a safe atmosphere for all students.
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Amanda from Bayamon, PR

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
this is an excellent university, the campus is amazingly beautiful. there's always something to do here, its never a dull moment. if you enjoy a small campus experience, then jwu denver is the way to go!
Tips for prospective students
just be yourself when you arrive to college. it's a way to start fresh and become the person you've always wanted to be. you gotta risk it for the biscuit!
Academic Rigor
classes are meant for you to learn! which means no slacking! the professors here are excellent teachers and they are understanding, but they expect you do pull your weight!
Dorm Life
residence life is great! you'll become a family with your floor in no time! and if you have a specific interest, there are themed floors!
Food and Dining
food is pretty good! all you care to eat dining.
What to do for fun
there's so much to do here. just come and find out!
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Lizbet from Glen Ellen, CA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
All the professor really know what they are talking about when they are teaching and they make the class interesting so you don't just sit there and listen.
Am enjoying being here
Its my first year here at Johnson and Wales and so far I love it, Everybody is super nice the professor are great and they actually get to know you.
Bang for the buck
It is a private school so for some it might be a shocker that the school is like 35,000 a year but you can get plenty of financial aid or get work study.
Tips for prospective students
If you do end up coming to this school you will meet alot of great people, be involved in clubs and participate on activities that maybe occurring.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for anybody who want s to major in Criminal Justice, Culinary, Baking and Pastry, Business, you name it I am sure you can find a Major you would be interested in.
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Kevin from Colorado

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The chefs that I have had so far are amazing. They have had their share of the industry, and are willing to help you out. It may be discouraging when you do something wrong and get yelled for it, but that's when you bounce back and practice. Keep up with the work you do, do not fall behind. If you really want to become a great chef it will take a lot of time outside of the labs for you to do some research. Always be willing to learn, have the attitude everyday that you're going to get better.
Am enjoying being here
Johnson & Wales is what you make of it. If you don't really put yourself out there and become involved, you won't get much. The people there are really chill, the professors and chefs I have had so far push you a lot, which is awesome. Remember, it's what you make of it, be involved!
Bang for the buck
So far, all the Academics and Culinary Labs I've had so far, definitely worth my education. I've learned a lot, met some great people, have had some great chefs so far help me along the way making sure I'm ready. Education doesn't just come from the school, again, you're going to have to do a few things yourself to make sure you're keeping up with homework.
Tips for prospective students
Do the culinary shadow, or fashion shadowing, business, etc. They are worth it and a complete joy. I did my culinary shadow and it only made me more excited. JWU is beautiful, Colorado in itself is one of the best states out there, if I do say so myself. Make sure it's right for you. Keep you're head high and keep moving forward!
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Shelby from Littleton, CO

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors make sure you fully understand the information that they're teaching. If I ever had a question I was able to either see the professor one-on-one or email them (and receive a quick response!). I know that it doesn't matter whether you're in the kitchen or in the classroom if you don't understand when you first walk in, you'll know it when you walk out.
Am enjoying being here
I LOVE IT HERE!!!! Everyone is really super nice, so you'll definitely be able to find someone that you can connect with; especially since the campus is small. Which makes getting around campus really easy too!!! Plus there's always different activities going on, I love arriving to school each day to see what's in store for me! I looked at a lot of big campuses, but at JWU it felt like home and I was really comfortable.
Bang for the buck
With it being a private school you're going to have to pay more. But what you're putting in, you'll get out twice as much. I know that when I go to graduate in a few years I will look back on my experience here and smile. Between having really great professors and awesome classmates the experience and the knowledge is just phenomenal!
Tips for prospective students
Classes here move quickly so be prepared to keep up. And if you visit and feel like it's not for you, then don't waste your time or your money. You need to have a passion for the field you're going into. The president said all of this when I visited which made me really sit back and question whether I really wanted this or not. And if the answer is yes then JWU would love to have your smiling face on campus. And if not, then thanks for your time :)
Great for these types of students
JWU is mostly known for their culinary. But I'm a business student. And I know for a solid fact that their business school is one of the top in the country. We also offer criminal justice, fashion, and hospitality. Even if you don't entirely know what you want to be yet, take your gen-ed classes and you'll figure it out. But like the President said, don't waste your time if you don't really want it.
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Krysten from LA Grange Highlands, IL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning a lot but am currently in the academic classes. I haven't done labs yet and feel like I will learn a lot more once I get into the actual food-making process. Currently, the academic classes are good, but I know a lot of what they are discussing. For example, we have covered macro and micro nutrients in my nutrition class and I already am thoroughly informed on both of those things.
Am enjoying being here
I love it here! Every one is so nice. The teachers are amazing and everyone is wonderful. The students are friendly and there is a wide variety of people. The staff are friendly and the people who work in the Cafeteria are so nice! They brought me out vegan corn and rice twice already. Everyone's accommodating and the campus is beautiful and cozy. There are things to do (volleyball, shopping, table tennis) and a huge array of clubs (I am in swimming and CAB- campus activities board). It's a very enjoyable school!
Bang for the buck
The food is great, the classes are thorough, the students are nice, and they offer a lot of activities and clubs. I would say it's a little overpriced but it is a private school and you are pretty close to the mountains. I do feel taken care of though. I don't feel cheated or pick-pocketed. It's a great school and I'm happy to be here.
Tips for prospective students
I would say respective is the most important thing. Come armed with an open mind and you will do absolutely fine. Bring warm weather clothes and sunglasses. I know that sounds so opposite but it's so sunny every day in this area that I regret not bringing mine, but I am SO glad I brought all my hoodies and gloves. It can get chilly! Also I would say get to know the teachers and really know them. They want to know you so it shouldn't be hard. One of my professors takes the kids he knows on field trips so it's really good to be in the know. They're really great people so get out there; send e-mails and don't stay in the dorm!
Great for these types of students
It's great for any one! Honestly! There are gamers, hippies, hard-core athletes, soft-core athletes, and a ton more of just regular happy people. It's a personal campus; I feel like I know everyone already! So it's probably not the best for those that like those huge campuses, but it's not much of a problem because downtown's not so far away and you could always go there on the weekends if you want to be surrounded by more people. I would say the adventure-loving person will do the best here. Try new foods, meet new people, hike and explore the area... it's all good!
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Terrence from Aurora, CO

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
they will work with you to make sure that you are learning everything that you need to know
Am enjoying being here
there are tons of way to get to know new people from all over america
Bang for the buck
the cost is high but it's worth it
Tips for prospective students
try to get as many sholarships as possible
Great for these types of students
great school
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C-Dawg from Rancho Cordova, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This college is a perfect fit for me. The curriculum design and faculty set me up for success
Tips for prospective students
Attend a Wildcat weekend.
Academic Rigor
Freshman year gave me a ton of skills for my career. I learned skills I will be able to apply right away.
What to do for fun
Great Day of Fun.
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