Gardner-Webb University

110 South Main Street, Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997

School Details

Gardner-Webb University is a four-year private school located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. GWU was founded in 1905 as Boiling Springs High School and is currently the youngest Southern Baptist institution in North Carolina. In 1928, the institution became known as Boiling Springs Junior College and in 1980, the first graduate program was established. The institution officially became known as Gardner-Webb University in 1993 in honor of Governor O. Max Gardner and his wife Faye Webb Gardner-Webb. Gardner-Webb University ‘s main campus lies on nearly 200 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. GWU also operates sixteen other satellite campuses in North Carolina in addition to its main campus. Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Demographics at Gardner-Webb University are as follows:
•Nearly 4,900 students enrolled (around 2,700 undergraduate)
•Student to faculty ratio of 13:1
•About 82 percent of undergraduates and 9 percent of graduates study full-time
•Approximately two-thirds of students are female
•Nearly 70 percent of students are White
•Approximately 37 percent of undergraduate students are over the age of 25
•About two-thirds of students come from North Carolina.
•The overall graduation rate is 48 percent

Gardner-Webb University offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in more than 60 majors and minors in 14 areas of study. Programs are also offered to community members in the form of professional development, seminars, and workshops through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Center for Innovative Leadership and Development, and the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Other special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. About 42 percent of undergraduates and 40 percent of graduates are enrolled in distance education. Undergraduate students can earn a degree completely online in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Multidisciplinary Studies, Nursing, or Religion. Graduate students can earn their master’s in Accounting, Business Administration, International Business Administration, and Nursing completely online. Semester-long study abroad experiences are available in England, China, Malta, and Costa Rica and students can take shorter trips in Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Spain, Greece, and France. Some of the programs abroad provide the opportunity for academic credit.

All undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they live with family, are at least 21 years of age prior to an academic year, have lived in a residence hall for at least six semesters, are part-time students, are married, or have served in 120 days of active military service. Students who live on-campus at Gardner-Webb University live in nine residence halls, four suite style buildings, and seven apartment buildings.

Student life includes more than 50 clubs and organizations, ranging from honors societies, performance groups, sports groups, religious organizations and services, and arts and culture groups. GWU also provides campus recreation in fitness classes, individual training sessions, rock climbing, and intramural sports such as beach volleyball, softball, basketball, disc golf, and indoor soccer. Student ministries exist to ""promote a passionate and enduring devotion to Christ among students of Gardner-Webb."" Athletic teams at Gardner-Webb University include men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s swimming, men and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s wrestling. The “Runnin’ Bulldogs” compete at the NCAA Division I Level and are a part of the Big South Conference.

Gardner-Webb University receives more than 6,000 applications for admission each year and about 83 percent of those applicants will be accepted for admission. All students applying to Gardner-Webb University must submit a completed application with a $40 application fee, official transcript(s), and official SAT/ACT scores. The average GPA of accepted students is a 3.72 and average SAT and ACT scores are 1,015 and 22, respectively. Transfer students must submit all transcripts from previous schools attended. International students must complete an International applications, submit TOEFL test results (a minimum score of 500 for paper or 173 for computer test is required), submit financial documentation, a $100 document processing fee, and WES transcripts.

Tuition at Gardner-Webb University costs $24,450 per year for full-time undergraduate students and about $9,000 per year for graduate students. Books and supplies are estimated to cost $1,000 each year. About 94 percent of students at Gardner-Webb University receive financial aid. To apply for student aid, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (use school code 002929) each year after applying for admission or after January 1. Sources of Federal and State Aid at Gardner-Webb University include assistantships and a deferred payment plan. Students who assist professors in researching, teaching, and other responsibilities while carrying a full-time academic loan are eligible for assistantships awards. Students who choose the deferred payment plan must pay one-third of the amount due when registering (including a deferred payment charge) with the remaining balance in two equal payments.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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