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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A-
110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference
From Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb is a small, Christian university located in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. Choose from 60+ world-class academic programs to ignite your future, including Nursing, Business, Exercise Science, Psychology, and many pre-professional programs such as pre-med or pre-law. Our vibrant community of over 1,400 residential students creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where you will grow in your faith and learn how to make a difference in the world. Mentoring faculty, combined with opportunities for hands-on learning, help you gain real-world experience that allows you to stand out in today's competitive job market. Go beyond the ordinary college experience and discover one that will prepare you for life after college!

Gardner-Webb University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
48%
SAT Range
970-1180
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,197/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,552/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.60 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses

Majors

Undergraduate Nursing Programs

The Hunt School of Nursing provides a faith-based nursing education within a close-knit, supportive community while taking advantage of a modern, hands-on learning facility. GWU offers on-campus ASN and BSN programs with seamless admission into the online RN to BSN and MSN programs. As a Bulldog Nurse, you will be prepared to use your God-given talents to serve your patients and community.

Online

Online Programs Offered
9
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
8
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    50%
  • Online
    27%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,641Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
395
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Friendly
    81%
  • Honest
    15%
  • Honest, caring, always there to help
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.40 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
  • Great
    33%
  • Small, but lively
    28%
  • Small
    22%
  • Best school all around!
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $38,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    53%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses

    Gardner-Webb University Reviews

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    Before you go to school here, make sure you are aware of how much money you will owe. It's absolutely insane the tuition to go to this school. I was told in the beginning from financial aid I would be allotted a certain amount of money left over from my student loans to live off of...It was not what they told me, and when school started and they gave me 950.00 to live off of for a whole semester, it was insane. This school gets over 33,000 a year from students, charges 15.00 fir a transcript, charges you for them to return your book back, etc. This is supposed to be a Christian school, wow. This school is money hungry and nobody recognizes who this college is. You mine as well pay for an education at Duke, Harvard, but this.. Good Luck my friends and just know if your parents arent helping you, you are going to be in a world of debt. That equals to, $132,000 for four years of school! Think about it.
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    So far I’ve been nothing but pleased with Gardner-Webb. The campus is beautiful and very accessible. I didn’t want to attend a university with a larger campus, so it’s a good size for me. I also really like the staff. They’re always friendly and eager to help me when I have questions. Another major reason I chose Gardner-Webb was because of their Christian background. I was raised in a christian household, so it was very important to me that my beliefs continued. It’s also very relieving to know I’m around others who share my beliefs. I would highly recommend Gardner-Webb to someone who also share these beliefs and prefers a more compact campus!
    I loved my experience at Gardner-Webb. I was looking for a small, private, Christian University with an excellent liberal arts education and Gardner-Webb was the perfect fit for me. The smaller class sizes allowed for close relationships with my professors. Their experience and connections helped to set me up for success in my interests as well as give me support and encouragement from people who knew me well. The Gardner-Webb campus is also beautiful and quaint. The small town is perfect for a quiet afternoon or a great place to hang out with friends. The classes were engaging and broad enough to allow for exploration of interests before making a decision about a major. I was so proud of my choice to go to school at Gardner-Webb and I will be sad when my years as a Bulldog come to an end.