Chances of getting into Gardner Webb University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
48.1%
Admission Difficulty for Gardner Webb University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into GWU and can I get accepted? The school has a 48% acceptance rate ranking it #19 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,024 out of 4,204 applicants were admitted making GWU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 64 percent. Gardner Webb University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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GWU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
970-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT
71%
SAT Scores for Gardner Webb University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for Gardner Webb University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1080

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Gardner Webb University?

Gardner Webb University typically requires applicants to be in the top 66 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. The school ranks #18 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 71 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Gardner Webb University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1180 and Above Good >61%
1075 to 1180 Avg + 48%-61%
970 to 1075 Avg - 35%-48%
865 to 970 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 865 Low <24%
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GWU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
66%
ACT Scores for Gardner Webb University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Gardner Webb University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into GWU?

Admission data indicates that GWU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 66 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Gardner Webb University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Gardner Webb University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >61%
21 to 24 Avg + 48%-61%
18 to 21 Avg - 35%-48%
15 to 18 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 15 Low <24%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.72
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Gardner Webb University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Gardner Webb University was 3.72 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to GWU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Gardner Webb University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 52% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 11% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 13% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

56% of Gardner Webb University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Gardner Webb University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 82%
Bottom 50% of class 18%
Bottom 25% of class 3%

Admission Statistics

Gardner Webb University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,448 1,756 4,204
Accepted 1,200 824 2,024
Acceptance Rate 49% 47% 48%
Enrolled 233 176 409
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 20%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Gardner Webb University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Gardner Webb University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Gardner Webb University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198561 IPEDS survey data for Gardner Webb University.

Frequently Asked Questions

71% of students submit their SAT scores to GWU. 66% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

48% of those who apply are granted admission to GWU. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1180. 71% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. 66% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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