Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs

Boiling Springs, NC

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Gardner-Webb University offers 279-degree programs and 85 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 67%. The most popular test is SAT - 67% of students submitted it in comparison to 62% of students who submitted ACT. 31.9% are women, and 68.1% are men. 1% percents of international students. Gardner-Webb University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Gardner-Webb University is 20173$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $33210 and $39390 per year. 55% of full-time Gardner-Webb University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $36,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Gardner-Webb University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Gardner-Webb University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$17,912
$30,001 - $48,000$18,259
$48,001 - $75,000$18,912
$75,001 - $110,000$21,774

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4700

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1559 of Gardner-Webb University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 58 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Gardner-Webb University number 36 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in North Carolina.

Students at Gardner-Webb University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Gardner-Webb University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Gardner-Webb University graduation rate is above the national average.

55% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Gardner-Webb University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

8 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Gardner-Webb University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 62%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 5% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Gardner-Webb University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 4% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Gardner-Webb University full-time retention rate is 73% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Gardner-Webb University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1260 - 1610

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 420 - 530
Math: 430 - 550
Writing: 410 - 530

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Gardner-Webb University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
18 - 24

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 16 - 24
Math: 17 - 24
Writing: 5 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Gardner-Webb University is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Gardner-Webb University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Gardner-Webb University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in North Carolina.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 110 Main St address in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Gardner-Webb University with 0.46% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Gardner-Webb University offers 279 programs in total: 138 are for Bachelor's degree, 64 - for Master's degree, 50 - for Post-master's certificate, 18 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Associate's degree.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 196 universities in North Carolina state, with one of the highest number of Post-master's certificate. Gardner-Webb University is one of the few institutions in North Carolina that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 85 distance education programs that are provided in the Gardner-Webb University: 35 are for Post-master's certificate, 26 - for Master's degree and 24 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the North Carolina state average data to help you compare.


Gardner-Webb University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2536 students with 76076 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1272 with 30528 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 16 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Gardner-Webb University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Communication may take a moment but don’t give up.

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Overall Rating:

This school is more concerned with giving financial aid to athletes. I tried to work with Becky in the financial aid office and she was EXTREMELY rude and was not interested in helping make payment arrangements. She seems to be more interested in canceling students classes. When we went to her office she skipped us and helped another student and then called us to her office with an attitude.

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Overall Rating:

Choosing this school was the perfect fit for me, I put in my time and did the work and the finished product was a ADD-ON License in administration. I had great professors in my conner Dr. Neal and Dr. Robertson, thank you for all you do !

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Overall Rating:

The motto for GWU is "for God and humanity" however, a more appropriate motto would be "do all things for personal gain". GWU entices perspective students and parents with a false sense of a Christian community, leadership, and atmosphere. While the university may be nationally recognized for community service projects, this university in no way helps those students and families in need. The charitable handouts are not given to those who have poured out what is left of their money and savings to the university, but instead are given to the athletes while others are left to suffer. The cost of tuition is not only exceptionally high it's, in no way aided regardless of the students and families financial situation. If you are a millionaire or athlete, this is the school for you. Before applying to this university ask yourself: "what does the bible say about the rich getting richer while the poor suffer?" Deuteronomy 15: 7-9

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Overall Rating:

Parents Perspective... Personal Attention through the admissions process. Merit award matching or above other offers as compared to 7 other schools around the country. For our student, it was the right choice based upon Gardner Webb's "style" of education, mission statement, which is lived out, and high quality education focused on high academic success. The school has made certain through its programs and interactions with the new students that the transition process is smooth and genuine in building relationships between the school itself, the faculty, and the other students. Our student is required to serve & attend events for 40 hours, each semester, within their field of study out in the community, in addition to all their course work. Granted our students field of study is to work directly with the public, thus it is extremely beneficial. However, it often requires over an hour drive or more to a larger city to accomplish these requirements. Thus an added cost and you need a car or to make friends with others attending who have a car. Yes, the school is relatively small in a very small town. The school works very hard at providing fun activities for the students on campus on a very regular basis. For our family, sending your first child to school over a thousand miles from home is much easier if your student learns they indeed have made the right choice in schools. Gardner Webb has more than met our expectations and our students which has brought about much happiness for us all. They are exactly what they represent and if your personal mission is not a good match with the schools, it is probably not the place for you. If however, you check out the website and are intrigued, then you visit and it feels like a good fit - especially in its education offering and mission, Gardner Webb should be seriously considered, even though you might be compromising on your desire for a "big school in the city." Our student has found giving up the big city component was not a big compromise compared to how happy they are with everything else at Gardner Webb.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: Main St


Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +7044062361

Institution is active in current year: 1

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