GWU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Gardner Webb University
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
Applicants Submitting SAT71%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||490|
|SAT Math 25th||480|
|SAT Composite 25th||970|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||600|
|SAT Math 75th||580|
|SAT Composite 75th||1180|
|Average SAT Score||1080|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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.
|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%|
GWU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT66%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||16|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|ACT Composite 25th||18|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.72
Typical High School GradesA-
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
56% of Gardner Webb University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||21%||20%|
What are the requirements for admission to Gardner Webb University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.