Gardner–Webb University (also known as Gardner–Webb, GWU, or GW) is a private, four-year university located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Gardner–Webb University undergraduates receive a liberal arts education in an environment that fosters “meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge within a diverse community of learning.” The University encourages its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity in an ever-changing global community.
Over 4,300 students attend Gardner–Webb, including both undergraduates and graduates. A total of five professional schools, two academic schools, and 11 academic departments offer nearly 60 fields of study, and GWU’s online programs have won multiple awards and recognitions. GWU’s Runnin’ Bulldogs are NCAA Division I and are part of the Big South Conference.
Today, Gardner–Webb is a flourishing regional institution, which offers eight distinct degree programs, has a highly qualified faculty and a campus of over 200 acres. The campus has recently grown with the addition of the Tucker Student Center, a building made possible by a $5 million donation by Robert and Carolyn Tucker, owners of Shoe Show, Inc. in Kannapolis, N.C. In May 2012, the Department of Health and Science announced a plan to launch a physician assistant program beginning January 2014.
There are over 4,300 students enrolled at Gardner–Webb, including the day program, graduate studies, and the GOAL program (Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners). Out of these students, 63% are female and 37% are male, and in all come from a total of 21 foreign countries. There are five professional schools, two academic schools, and 11 academic departments that offer nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate major fields of study. Approximately 33% of students major in business, 30% in social sciences, and 17% in nursing.
Degrees offered include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Divinity, Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, International Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Science in Nursing, Education Specialist, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Education. The University plans on launching a physician assistant program beginning January 2014.
There are 147 full-time faculty members, 79% of them with a Ph.D. or equivalent. The average class size is about 25 and the faculty to student ration is 1:15, although some classes may contain close to 30 students.