Gardner Webb University

Gardner Webb University

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 & 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.

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Gardner-Webb University
Main St
Boiling Springs , NC 28017-0997
General Phone: (704) 406-2361

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Gardner - Webb Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management355business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS
Liberal Arts238French language, Spanish language, sign language translation, English, social services, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching176educational administration, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine125registered nursing
Religion and Philosophy43religion, ministry, pastoral counseling
Therapy and Counseling42psychology, mental health counseling
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy39health and physical education, sports and fitness management, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Science23biology, chemistry
Medical Administration21health care administration
Media21media studies, journalism
Computer Science and Engineering9computer science
Music8music, music performance, music theory and composition
Drama and Performing Arts4stagecraft
Fine Arts0fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Gardner - Webb in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree68935
Master's degree33412
Doctor's degree81
First-professional degree151
Associate's degree651

Gardner - Webb Student Body

In 2007-2008, Gardner - Webb had a total enrollment of 3,892 students (3,262 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 58%
Women 42%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 66%
Graduate 29%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 20%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 17%
22-24 11%
25-29 14%
30-34 11%
35-39 10%
40-49 14%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Gardner - Webb Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %

Gardner - Webb Room and Board (2007)

Gardner - Webb offers campus housing for 1,152 of its 3,262 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Boiling Springs, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Gardner - Webb Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450580
SAT Math440550
SAT Writing430550
ACT Composite1723

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Gardner - Webb Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,160
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,160
Room and board $ 6,500
Room charge $ 3,330
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,170
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 750

Financial Aid:
Gardner - Webb participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 292900)

Gardner - Webb Faculty

Gardner - Webb has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$86,3002*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*3$53,567
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year6$83,7676$57,933

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year32$60,99718$58,478
Associate professoracademic year20$57,18011$55,682
Assistant professoracademic year15$49,76721$46,833
Instructoracademic year5$44,10014$42,164
All faculty totalacademic year72$56,42464$50,608

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Gardner - Webb Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big South Conference
Basketball Big South Conference
Baseball Big South Conference
Track Big South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5573128

Gardner - Webb Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General

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