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Gardner-Webb University, also known as GWU, is a four-year, private university located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, United States. It was founded as Boiling Springs High School by the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run Baptist Associations in 1905. The main campus is spread across an area of 200 acres. GWU houses more than 10 academic departments offering over 40 major fields of study.

  • Department of Communications Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Music and Fine Arts
  • Department of Natural Sciences
  • Department of Physical Education, Wellness and Sport Studies
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Department of World Languages
  • Godbold School of Business
  • School of Divinity
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
GWU is home to numerous clubs, organizations, and honors societies. Some of the clubs are the Campus Ministries United, Alphi Chi, Deaf Club, and Black Student Union. Their official mascot is the Runnin'Bulldogs.

Profile of Gardner Webb University

The campus of Gardner Webb is in Boiling Springs, NC, which is a rural site not far from an urban area. Its Southern Baptist nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Gardner Webb is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Gardner Webb is known for its programs in business and management.

Gardner Webb Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 440. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 445 and 560. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Gardner Webb has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 3, 892 students enrolled (2, 988 full-time equivalent). A large number of students at Gardner Webb are 40 years old or older.

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Gardner Webb offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Atlantic Sun Conference and Big South Conference. Gardner Webb offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Gardner-Webb University, a private, Christian, Baptist-related university, provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts while offering opportunities to prepare for various professions. Fostering meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge within a diverse community of learning, Gardner-Webb is dedicated to higher education that integrates scholarship with Christian life. By embracing faith and intellectual freedom, balancing conviction with compassion, and inspiring a love of learning, service, and leadership, Gardner-Webb prepares its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity in an ever-changing global community. "

Gardner Webb Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management349business management, accounting, MIS, international business, finance
Liberal Arts222social services, English, sign language translation, history, Spanish language, sociology, French language, political science
Education and Teaching184educational administration, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, school Counselling, music teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine102registered nursing
Religion and Philosophy61religion, ministry, pastoral Counselling
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy35sports and fitness management, health and physical education, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counselling32psychology, mental health Counselling
Media18media studies, journalism
Computer Science and Engineering15computer science
Medical administration13health care administration
Science10biology, chemistry
Music5music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts4stagecraft
Fine Arts2fine arts

Contact: Gardner Webb

Gardner Webb University

Main St

Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997

General Phone: (704) 406-2361


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