Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

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Our campus is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains within the quaint community of Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Nearby Uptown Shelby offers restaurants, businesses, and historical sites to explore. Less than an hour away is the active sports scene of Charlotte, the unique charm of Asheville, or the outdoor amenities and cultural opportunities available in Upstate South Carolina. 

Go all in—heart, soul, mind, and strength—at Gardner-Webb University!
As you explore the wide range of educational opportunities at your fingertips, you may wonder what makes one college different from another. At Gardner-Webb University, we join with our students in the unique, shared pursuit of life-changing experiences for God and humanity.

At GWU, you’ll find a seamless blend of world-class academics within a nurturing Christian community. You’ll discover that student centeredness is woven into the fabric of every experience as you engage your heart, soul, mind, and strength in the purposes for which you were created. 

Heart: Student-centered experiences
Being a student-centered university means that at Gardner-Webb, you won’t just be a bystander. You’ll be empowered to engage in a genuine community—equipped, encouraged, and stretched outside of your comfort zone. After all, that’s where true growth takes place.

The Gardner-Webb campus is friendly and busy. You won’t be able to walk across the Quad or into the Tucker Student Center without someone saying hello. You are also likely to encounter a Frisbee game, an impromptu picnic, an outdoor study session, a concert, or friends hanging out and enjoying the temperate North Carolina climate. With 60+ student clubs and organizations on campus, no matter your passion, you will discover new ways to enjoy longtime interests.

Soul: Christian community
At GWU, our goal is to help you ignite your purpose and passion within a diverse Christian community that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, balances conviction with compassion, and inspires a love of learning, service, and leadership. We believe that to be great leaders, we must first lead by serving others. 

Community service is a deeply entrenched priority in all we do as an institution. We are committed to helping you cultivate your unique talents and abilities and turn those passions into opportunities to make the world a better place.

Mind: World-class academics
The world-class academic programs at Gardner-Webb are rooted in the liberal arts and designed to help you achieve your goals after graduation. Our faculty members are excellent at what they do. Our professors understand that ensuring your success means getting to know you—learning what drives you, how you learn best, and what you’re good at doing. Our faculty do more than just teach; they partner with you on your academic journey and help guide you every step of the way. 

GWU also provides other resources necessary for your success in the classroom, including LEAP peer tutoring, the Writing Center, and the Center for Personal and Professional Development, where you can seek one-on-one attention, have your term paper edited, or participate in mock interviews and résumé workshops.

We understand the importance of outside-the-classroom learning. Whether through leadership opportunities in ROTC, a national Honors conference presentation, or a trip to Costa Rica to earn a Spanish minor, Gardner-Webb places a heavy emphasis on the tangible experiences that enhance your academic, professional, and personal pursuits. 

Strength: Being prepared broadly and deeply
At Gardner-Webb, we are producing graduates who are living out their faith through service-focused leadership, impacting the world, and advancing the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education. To experience GWU, just pay us a visit. We’ll introduce you to your personal admission counselor, show you around campus, take you on a tour of the residence halls, and make sure you chat with plenty of students and faculty. Visiting campus is the best way to know if GWU could be your college home—you can schedule your visit at

We’re proud of the fact that—for more than 100 years—we’ve helped countless students ignite their future. Sure, our graduates are professionally successful; they’re bankers, missionaries, researchers, authors, and more. But they’re also great human beings. That is our greatest achievement. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb University! 

GWU is home to 22 NCAA Division I sports. The Runnin’ Bulldogs compete on a national level and have stood out of the pack with men’s basketball reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Students enjoy an active intramural sports program as well as a new on-campus CrossFit program that is free.



Business program accredited by ACBSP for excellence in Business education

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MSN in Nursing Administration program ranked #3 in the US


College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Communication and New Media 
• Communication Studies
• Graphic Design, Associate of Arts
• Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts
• Journalism 

Department of English Language and Literature
• English
• English with Teacher Licensure (9-12)

Department of Health, Sport, and Physical Education
• Physical/Health Education with Teacher Licensure (K-12)
• Sport Education 

Department of Mathematical Sciences
• Computer Science
• Mathematics
• Mathematics with Teacher Licensure (9-12) 

Department of Natural Sciences
• Biology
• Chemistry

Department of Public Service
• Criminal Justice Administration

Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy
• Accelerated Pastoral Ministries Program
• Biblical Studies
• Discipleship Studies
• Missiology
• Philosophy and Theology
• Youth Discipleship Studies

Department of Social Sciences
• Global Studies
• History
• History with Teacher Licensure (9-12)
• Political Science
• Social Sciences
• Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure (9-12)
• Sociology

Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
• American Sign Language
• English as a Second Language with Teacher Licensure (9-12)
• French with Teacher Licensure (K-12)
• Spanish with Teacher Licensure (K-12)
• World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with Concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish 

School of Performing and Visual Arts

Department of Music
• Music, Bachelor of Arts
• Music Composition
• Music Education with Teacher Licensure (K-12)
• Music Performance
• Music with Emphasis in Business and Music Industry
• Worship Leadership

Department of Theatre Arts
• Theatre Arts

Department of Visual Arts
• Art, Bachelor of Arts
• Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts

College of Health Sciences

Department of Exercise Science
• Exercise Science 

Hunt School of Nursing
• Nursing, Associate of Science
• Nursing, Bachelor of Science

Godbold School of Business
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Computer Information Systems
• Economics/Finance
• Healthcare Management
• International Business
• Marketing
• Sport Management

School of Education
• Birth–Kindergarten (Licensure and Non-licensure Tracks)
• Elementary Education with Teacher Licensure (K-6)
• Middle Grades Education with Teacher Licensure (6-9)

School of Psychology and Counseling
• Psychology

Pre-professional Studies
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy 
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-veterinary Medicine

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