You’ll know you have arrived at JWU’s Charlotte Campus when you see our gleaming steel and glass tower on West Trade Street. Our welcoming, intimate campus is right in the heart of the Queen City — which offers a combination of urban living and Southern charm.
Situated strategically in the Charlotte’s Uptown, the city’s central business hub, the Charlotte Campus offers degree programs in its College of Business, College of Hospitality Management, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences and College of Online Education. Approximately 1,700 students from across the United States and eight foreign countries are enrolled.
Serving as the home city for Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America, Lowe’s and Duke Energy, Charlotte is the major financial center of the South — Forbes ranks the city among the best places for business. In addition, Charlotte is a base for the US motorsports industry, including NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway — spelling career opportunity for JWU grads interested in careers in sports and event management.
JWU students take advantage of the city’s cultural organizations for both leisurely activities and academically focused internships and work experiences, including neighborhood festivals and arts education programs that produce more than 65,000 performances and events annually. The campus is within walking distance of major sports and entertainment venues like BB&T BallPark, Bank of America Stadium (home of the NFL’s Panthers), Spectrum Arena (home to the NBA’s Hornets) and the EpiCenter Entertainment Complex.
With Charlotte’s 214 days of sunshine annually and four distinct seasons, Johnson & Wales students take advantage of the region’s wide-ranging recreational offerings from internationally renowned golf courses and the Inner Peaks Climbing Center to the US National Whitewater Center and canoeing at Cane Creek Park.
On campus, the university has invested millions of dollars in construction, including the recently built multipurpose center for student life and athletics where students participate in life and leadership enhancing activities through student clubs and organizations encompassing cultural arts, community service, professional development and student government. The new center also features a comprehensive fitness center and serves as home to an expanding range of sports teams.
With suite- and apartment-style residence halls, the Gateway Center and Gateway Village, an Academic Center with classrooms, labs, dining rooms and an events center, and the Wildcat Center for athletics, recreation and facilities for Student Involvement & Leadership, JWU Charlotte students enjoy a rich and vibrant campus at the center of a city Global Trade has called the No. 1 Most Entrepreneurial City in America.