Gardner-Webb University

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PO Box 997

Boiling Springs, NC 28017

Phone: (704) 406-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#41 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Gardner-Webb University is a private institution that was founded in 1905. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,677, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 240 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Gardner-Webb University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 41. Its tuition and fees are $25,830 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Gardner-Webb, which has consistently been rated as a "character-building college," focuses on personal attention between students and faculty (low student-to-faculty ratio), a safe environment in small-town atmosphere, a strong commitment to its Christian heritage, and a mission to develop to the whole student-academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. Although it is a relatively small institution, Gardner-Webb offers many of the amenities of a larger college, including modern computer and student housing facilities as well as NCAA Division I athletics.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1905
Religious affiliation Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $51,104,072


When applying to Gardner-Webb University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Gardner-Webb University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 54.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Gardner-Webb University is 13:1, and the school has 69.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Gardner-Webb University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26%
Psychology 23%
Health Professions and Related Programs 15%
Education 5%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5%

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Student Life

Gardner-Webb University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,677, with a gender distribution of 35.3 percent male students and 64.7 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. Gardner-Webb University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,882
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Gardner-Webb University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Gardner-Webb University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Gardner-Webb University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Gardner-Webb University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Gardner-Webb University, 56.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,091.

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Tuition and fees $25,830 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,330 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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