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Gardner-Webb University

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Gardner-Webb University is based in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, just 40 miles west of Charlotte. The main campus sits on 200 beautiful acres, and there are an additional sixteen satellite campuses throughout the state. This institution is unique because it is a private religiously-centered school with ties to the Baptist Church. As such, Gardner-Webb places much emphasis on Christian principles and Christian values. Gardner-Webb is dedicated to higher education that mingles scholarship with a Christian life. The school offers several majors and minors to choose from including a plethora of disciplines grounded in the liberal arts.

Gardner University offers associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate‘s degrees. The University has over 15 different departments and schools, which include but are not limited to the Music and Fine Arts Department, Mathematics, Natural Sciences Department, School of Nursing, World languages and the School of Divinity.

Gardner is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of colleges to award Associates, Baccalaureate, Master’s degrees and Doctorates.

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Unique Programs

There are several special academic programs that Gardner-Webb offers, including:

The Noel program aids students with physical or mental disabilities. The student is assigned a disability specialist who works alongside them while they are attending Gardner Webb. The disability specialist works close to the student while assisting them with taking notes, tutoring and other academic functions. They are allowed to have extended test time and whatever technology is needed to enhance their performance according to their disability. The students’ disability specialists are important because they help the student learn good study skills and helpful test taking strategies.

The program for the visually impaired gives orientation and mobility training to students and the audio-visual department on campus provides technology to all students.

The program for the deaf and hard of hearing provides interpreters for classes, theater productions and campus activities. Video phones and special fire alarms and door bells are placed in the dormitories as well.

The Learning Assistance Program is geared towards those who may have a challenge with transitioning to college. They receive help through tutors and other material that is made available.

The GOAL program, which stands for Greater Opportunity for Adult Learners, is for the adult student who wishes to receive a baccalaureate degree.

The high school senior program is for high school seniors who wish to attend college while still in high school to receive credits towards a degree. Parental consent is required.

The honors program is for academically gifted students. This program offers challenging opportunities for the student. The ROTC program offers courses in military science and leadership for the student.

The YMCA Professional Studies program offers assistance on how to prepare students for a career with nonprofit companies.

The Study Abroad program encourages students to travel abroad while receiving an education. Gardner-Webb participates with many schools in other countries. Those schools are in England, Costa Rica, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Malta and Germany.

Financial Aid

Gardner-Webb encourages students to apply for financial aid early. In order for Gardner to receive and process a financial aid request, the student must first be admitted into Gardner-Webb. To secure financial aid the student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal student Aid) If a student has problems or concerns with completing the form, admissions counselors are able to help. Once the request for financial aid has been received and processed by the government the student will receive a SAR or Student Aid Report, at that time, Gardner-Webb will be notified and will be able to process an award package.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3247th for the average student loan amount.
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The majority of students at Gardner-Webb live in the residence halls or on campus apartments. The cost of living on campus depends on what the student chooses, residence hall living, single room residence hall living, suite living or apartment living.

Gardner-Webb University offers many different activities for its students to participate in, from student government to campus recreation to community engagement. These activities among others are ongoing and provide an outlet for students. Students are not just limited to what the university offers; as many students start their own clubs and organizations through the office of student leadership and activities. Some of the most well known organizations on campus are the honor society clubs. These clubs allow memberships based on academic achievement, leadership and citizenship. There is something available to fit each student’s interest like the psychology club, the French club, the outdoors explorers club, religious based organizations, choirs and a host of other activities. The Student Government Association also known as the SGA promotes and encourages students to actively become involved in extracurricular activities which in turn will enhance interaction between faculty members and other students.

Gardner also believes in the welfare of its students as it offers counseling services for academic concerns, career concerns, and for personal and mental health as well. Career services are another service offered to the students of Gardner. This service provides a route to exploring different career opportunities for the student and discussing it with a career advisor. The career center offers resume writing assistance and promotes career fairs for the students development.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Athletics is an important part of student life at Gardner. The institution is very proud of their football team, the running bulldogs, many apply to the school for both its academia and school spirited athletic nature. There are different sports available for students to chose from, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, track and field and much more. Gardner-Webb University fully respects its athletic department and supports its rules and regulations to ensure its continuous success.The school believes in both academic and athletic excellence, and abides by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Additional School Information

The school was named after North Carolinas’ former (1930) Governor and his wife, Max Gardner and Faye Webb Gardner. This university works to achieve leadership from examples set before them.


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Information Summary

Ranks 33rd in North Carolina and 1048th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.32
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.17

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.04
Robbery 2 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.13
Larceny 47 1.00
Vehicle theft 4 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population1,654 (1,619 urban / 35 rural)
Households280 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,528
Families203 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist
Congressional District3710

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 774th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $25,440 $25,440 $25,440
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $390 $390 $390
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $406 $406 $406
FT Graduate Tuition $10,083 $10,083 $10,083
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $396 $396 $396
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $37,620 $37,620 $37,620
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,030 $27,030 $27,030
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,030 $27,030 $27,030

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,510 $24,450 $23,510 $24,450 $23,510 $24,450
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,250 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,570 $7,940
On-Campus – Other Expenses $800 $2,400
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,481 (2,381 male / 3,100 female)
Admitted 2,640 (1,090 male / 1,546 female)
Admission rate 48%
First-time Enrollment 435 (188 male / 247 female)
FT Enrollment 435 (188 male / 247 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,656

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big South Conference

ACT Test Admission

743rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 51%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

785th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 77%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1120

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,367
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,280
Board Fee$4,050

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2365th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,292 ($62,856 male / $53,317 female)
Number of FT Faculty 159 (83 male / 76 female)
Number of PT Faculty 393
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $4,480,946

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