#9 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

Gardner Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

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Gardner Webb University overview
Location Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Online gardner-webb.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
Gardner Webb University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Gardner-Webb University, nestled in the quaint town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, is a private, Christian university founded in 1905. Characterized by a suburban setting approximately one hour west of Charlotte, the campus exudes a historic charm with its notable architecture, including the Broyhill Adventure Course. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with particular emphasis on health sciences, business, education, and the arts. Gardner-Webb upholds a less selective admission process, aiming to provide a broad array of academic opportunities. Students have access to residential facilities that cater to a range of preferences, fostering both the academic ambitions and personal growth of the student body. While Gardner-Webb may not be primarily recognized for its athletic endeavors, it provides an array of sports programs and competes as the Runnin' Bulldogs in NCAA Division I ? Big South Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 5,728 prospective students applied, and 4,293 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 403 enrolled in the school.  1,906 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,238 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,220 plus fees of $980. GWU is ranked 639 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












GWU is rated within the lower 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1020/1210
ACT 20/25
GPA 3.74

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Gardner Webb University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$980
Room and Board $10,770
Budget for Other Expenses$2,400
Total One Year Cost$46,770

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Gardner Webb University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 30%
Social Sciences 23%
Health Professions 18%
Education 5%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 4%

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