College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:37:37Z
The transportation between Harboside and Downcity is generally very convenient. Sometimes there are issues with the buses filling up and and not coming on time but not too often. The public transportation in Providence is also pretty convenient but it can be pretty unsafe as well. If you wanted to do long-distance traveling I would suggest getting a Zip car or riding on the train. Neither are very expensive.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:33:24Z
The off campus housing varies fairly greatly. It all just depends on where the housing is located. You have to be very careful as to what area of Providence to live in because there are a lot of bad areas that you wouldn't want to get into.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:27:53Z
Health & Safety:
The safety on campus is awful. You can't was a block from the dorms without being in an unlit, sketchy area. The campus security are not very prevalent and when they were there they didn't seem to be paying much attention. Every safety problem thinkable occurred on/at JWU. The safety problems were a big factor in my decision to transfer from JWU.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:21:33Z
The nightlife at JWU was always a big deal. Many people would go out everyday of the week. There were many clubs and bars within a 5 minute walking distance. Most of them weren't too expensive and nearly all served underage patrons. The fraternities were pretty far from campus however and were actually in a pretty dangerous area. There also seemed to be a lot of problems with rape at parties.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:17:57Z
The best part about JWU is their on campus dining. They have three different dining halls that serve different food and have a variety of options in each. They have two "restaurant style" dining options which serve Italian and burgers. They are both open pretty late which is convenient. Another big plus is that there are three Starbucks on campus and they are all on the meal plan. I found myself in Starbucks more often than in any of the other dining options. The only problem I found with JWU's meal plan was that there was a restriction to only 3 meals per day. That meant that, often, students had trouble using up all of their swipes by the end of the term.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:11:49Z
JWU is a HUGE party school. Alcohol is available to practically anyone and marijuana is used all over campus. You can't even walk down the halls of the dorms without smelling marijuana. In fact, many people refer to the school as Johnson Inhales University. There is even a park just off of the Harborside campus that is known for people going to and participating in drug/alcohol use. The school does seem to be hard on people caught using drugs/alcohol but it isn't very often that students are caught.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:06:42Z
JWU is not very big on sports. They do have some successful teams but the student population rarely goes to the games to support them. They didn't have football which is generally a big varsity sport and this may have contributed to the lack of enthusiasm. The gyms on campus were pretty nice and anyone could go and get their workouts done. They weren't anything special however and there weren't any other options.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:02:41Z
The weather in Providence was fairly nice. I was only there during the fall but it never snowed and rarely rained. The biggest problem is the wind. The city is right on the bay and the wind rushes through the buildings and into your face but it was generally tolerable.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T22:00:33Z
The financial aid process was difficult for me because I did not receive the aid that I needed. Johnson and Wales University is a fairly expensive school and the financial aid did not help much to defer the cost. I was a 4.0 student and I only received a couple thousand for it. Most of it was from my enrollment in the honors program and I ended up needing multiple loans in order to pay off the rest of my schooling. The financial helpers were NOT very helpful. It takes a lot of prodding in order to get any information from them so I would suggest being very upfront and pushy with your financial needs.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:55:21Z
For me, this school was just not the right fit. I found the academics to be very unsatisfactory. I was extremely disappointed. Also, the campus safety was another big problem for me. Downcity campus was highly unsafe no matter what time of day it was. In fact, my roommate had been the victim of kidnapping threats just a block from the dorm. I witnessed numerous fights just outside my dorm window and was woken up nearly every weekend by drunken students in and around my dorm. Another problem was that there was nothing to do other than partying on the weekends. It turned out to be much more of a party school than I expected. The best parts about JWU were the dining facilities and the on campus housing. There were many options for dining and Starbucks was on the meal plan which was very convenient. If I could do it all over again, I would definitely attend JWU. There were a few nice aspects to the school but the numerous problems overshadowed everything. It was certainly not worth the nearly $40,000 per year and that is why I transferred as soon as I could.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:43:49Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys and girls at JWU all tend to be very similar. Almost everyone partied 24/7. The girls were very preppy and stuck up. They were only friendly if they were drunk. They also tended to be not very intelligent especially since they clearly did more partying than studying. The guys were similar except that they were much friendlier and often they were too friendly and came across as creepy and sketchy. I would say that most of the relationships on campus were random hook ups unless they already had a relationship.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:37:11Z
Student life on campus is pretty nice. Both of the gyms are very nice and conveniently placed. The same goes for the libraries and student centers.The residence hall range in niceness. The best dorms are Downcity and have convenient personal bathrooms. They are however in a relatively dangerous part of Providence. You definitely have to stick to the buddy system. There are many opportunities to get involved with the university. During the first month or so, the university puts on several different events to bring students together and to explore different opportunities on campus. The only problem is that after the first month there aren't anymore opportunities as such and the events put on by the RA's tend to be unorganized and chaotic.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:37:11Z
This school seems nice from the outside but after attending my view has changed greatly. First is that the academics are greatly lacking! I finished with a 4.0 my first term without studying or opening any of my books as well as being in all honors classes. I think academics is an area that they could do a lot of improvements in. Secondly, JWU is a major party school. If you are not a partier, DO NOT ATTEND this school. Also, there isn't much to do in the city other than partying and shopping. Even though JWU could improve in a lot of areas, I found that their facilities were very nice and up to date. Both of their gyms are very nice and conveniently placed. The same goes for the libraries and student centers.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:22:54Z
There are a few computer labs open all day and one is open 24 hours a day. Printing is also free for black and white color is only a few cents. However during crunch times personal computer is still very good to have
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:21:54Z
There are a lot of options for off campus parking for the Downcity campus but they are generally filled quickly by people working in Providence. Harborside doesn't have many options, if any at all! But the on campus parking is only $90 per year. The only problem is that as of right now the only on campus parking is on Harborside. They are building a parking garage Downcity but it will only be for day time parking. I don't think there is much of a need for a car on campus however because everything is within walking distance and ZipCars are a great option if you chose to go outside of the city.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:20:23Z
Living on campus is pretty good. However it also depends on what dorm building you live in. Each has its own amenities and things that make it good. For example Flamingo Hall is a very nice, a little small but still plenty of room, it has communal showers but they are not bad at all. It also is very conveniently close to the academic building and culinary labs (next door/ right upstairs). The newest hall is Biscayne Commons and is very nice as well especially with its private in room showers, however it is a very far walk from the academic building and culinary labs and in the rain there is no coverage and since we are in South Florida rain is a huge factor.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:14:21Z
Health & Safety:
I feel very safe walking on campus either alone or with others. Security is a very big thing on campus and they have a variety of options to help students feel safe such as shuttles, walk-along, etc.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:14:09Z
The computers available for use in the libraries and computer labs ranged from average to very nice. I never had a problem with any of them and there were always open computers. The free black and white printing was very convenient and a big plus. There definitely isn't a need to have your own printer. I would suggest having your own computer/laptop however because the computer labs/libraries are not always open. The internet in the labs was fast and the WiFi across campus was generally pretty fast.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:11:35Z
There are so many people from all over the world including places like the Caribbean islands, Europe, China, South America, and many other places. Since the campus is so diverse there is really no problems with ethnicity. There are many people her who fall into the LGBT category and from my experience on campus I don't see many issues that involve sexual orientation. I feel this campus is very accepting towards all.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:07:41Z
There are plenty of places to shop and eat around the school. There is a grocery store, a few retail shops, and a good variety of places to eat. However if someone wants to go to the mall, downtown, or even home the best way to do it is by a personal vehicle. If someone was to come to the school I would recommend a car.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T21:03:28Z
The food on campus is ok nothing special. There are a few options which change day to day and the Mix (our school's little eatery) does a good job of keeping thing interesting. The taste of the food is average. Since our campus is small there aren't many options other than the Mix, however there is a café on campus which provides Starbucks drinks, pastries and small sub sandwiches.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T20:58:59Z
On campus parking is great. There is plenty of spaces and its free!. I also feel as tough my car is safe and I have no problem leaving it there while I go home for breaks or extended periods of time.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T20:55:01Z
Since I am not very athletic I don't feel I have the ability to give an accurate description.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T20:52:49Z
There are many places to live off campus each with its own unique style. There are many different styles of apartments and condos. They are all very close to the campus (close enough to walk) and yet very close to public transportation that it feels as though the world is at your finger tips.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T20:46:47Z
The local atmosphere of the school on campus is very good and very safe. However stepping of campus at night may not be the safest idea if you are alone. The area is not bad I would rate it as fairly good. Not unsafe but not extremely great either
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