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| Beware of the financial & academic advisers/services, they will always lose paperwork I had to turn in my tax returns 4 separate times for one term and they were lost each time. Holds will be placed on your account at random, In my case for not signing the Stafford loan, which I declined every time. I lost my schedule for that mishaps twice, once for not having my health records winter term sophomore year (seemed to have disappeared during the first trimester). It took them four attempts to finally get the health records back on track, I had to send them in certified mail at last. The list of lost paper work continues for four years. |
On to the actual academics themselves, I am graduating with a 3.7 GPA and it was easy to do. So if an easy but extremely expensive degree is what someone is looking for this could be the place. Almost all of the tests for every class are basic memorize and regurgitate set-ups with little room to fail. An example of basic class work would be the "Advanced English Composition" where the course work involves reading 1984 (eighth grade material) and discussing Coca Cola print ads. Kinda of sad but it also explains why the credits from JWU wont really transfer to any other school. Once you've dropped the money for an associates there is no other place to go.
During my culinary years the classes were fun and there were a handful of good teachers. That being said there were a fair number of chefs that were clearly there for the easy pay and not to pass on knowledge to the students. The student body ranks among some of the lowest anyone would expect to find at a "university" due to the non-existent entry standards. All of those kids in high school that everyone knew couldn't pull through a higher degree ended up here at JWU. That isn't to say there aren't great students but they are harder to find than one would expect.
In the end I really wish I chose a real university to attend and I would be leaving college with a degree that actually holds a value in the future. The kicker is I could have done it for a third of the cost. I know of many people, a few of them close friends, that are entering the culinary field where the pay will be painfully low for many years with debt exceeding $50,000.00. That is considered in the mid-range of the JWU debt scale, some will graduate with close to $74,000.00 for a four year degree. A lot of money for degrees that are among some of the lowest initial earnings on file. Sure people are supposed to in culinary for love of the business but a financial hole like that takes many, many years to recover from. As the motto goes "When all else fails, go Johnson & Wales"
|Apr 22 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| When looked at the right way JWU can be a great experience. It's in the heart of Providence which is a great city. Explore the city, you'll find something new everyday and everything is accessible by foot. Providence makes JWU worth it. There's usually a decent to great party going on and the club scene is average if you know where to go and what to avoid. People are a mixture of gotti wannabes and paris hilton shadows. But you WILL find some great kids to hang out with. Teachers are better than some let on if you know how to respect and talk to them. Trust me, each one that I had knows their shit-including the chefs. The chefs are great and if you sit and keep your mouth shut, youll learn more in one class than you would in a month at another culinary school. Be aware-that whole thing about helping you find a job in 6months is bullshit, you have to do everything yourself. The only thing they shine light on is a decent resume but if you want one to get you hired, try talking to a family memeber that's in business. Saftey and Security are assholes in every sense of the word, its best to keep your mouth shut and just listen if you want them to stop hassling you. Prov cops aren't any better so don't get too crazy with your actions in/outside. Prov residence are pretty cool, takes them a lot to call the cops on the weekends but usually on weekdays you can see lights around 1230-1a depending on the neighborhood. Yes the girls are hot and the boys are some great eye candy but those are usually the obnoxious ones who don't know what a bill is because mom and dad pay for it but don't be discouraged because when you find some people to hang out with, it'll be worth putting up with the snobs. What else? Classes are okay, they could be more challenging than the school lets on but be aware that you do need to pay attention in Economics, each professor is very hard and it is the one class that you really need to study for. Overall, you may come to hate it but when you look back, you'll realized that you loved every minute of it, even if you still would've gone to a diffrent school. If you end up going, have fun with it and just go along, you'll find the bright side. |
|Aug 28 2008|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2008 |
|Not so bright|
The biggest mistake I made in my life was to attend JWU for Electronics Engineering. I graduated in the class of 2012. |
I met some great people and long term friends, but the student body contains some of the most unintelligent, straight up stupid people I have ever met in my life. Lots of low quality students from NJ and NY. Feels like the New England version of "Jersey Shore."
Great for underage drinking and partying. There are well known bars in the city that serve to minors. A bit sketchy at times, the city of Providence can be an eye-opening first step into the "real world." Crazy Providence College parties with underage kids rioting in the streets fighting. Gangs everywhere. Police not to be found, as there are shootings and other more serious crimes on the weekends.
JWU is like a community college with the tuition of an Ivy League school. I missed most of my classes freshman year and got involved with drinking and drugs (happens easily when you live on campus at JWU) and still got straight A's in my classes. Every class I took at JWU was easier than my average high school class, by far. Professors give LOTS of slack to students.
It should be called pseudo-engineering. Extremely easy and not much guidance. The professors just want to pass you through. The students are lazy and I feel that they don't know what real engineering is. How can you graduate with a BS in electronics engineering and never cover MOSFETs (only covered BJTs in maybe two classes total?
GETTING A JOB:
I still work my unskilled job, because the EE program is not ABET accredited. THIS IS A JOKE! No company takes the program seriously; ABET accreditation is a MUST for EE!
JOB & INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT:
Pretty much no help. The Engineering school is small and unrecognized, and the university has practically no tied to any engineering companies whatsoever. No internship or job placement. For the same price, I could have gone to NEU and been placed with a fantastic company and had an ABET accredited degree.
FINAL THOUGHTS:JWU was a complete waste of money, finding a job is extremely difficult (despite their 99% job placement claims - probably include Starbucks jobs), the career office doesn't help you, there is no ABET accreditation, I don't feel proud of my degree, and I am now I am $100k in debt with a worthless piece of paper. Nice doing business with you, Johnson & Wales.
|Nov 27 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |