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Gardner - Webb University Overview

Gardner - Webb University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Boiling Springs draws many to the area.

What Is Gardner - Webb University Known For?

479 Undergraduate Awards
$30,287 Avg Cost After Aid
78% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Gardner - Webb.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average Gardner - Webb student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Gardner - Webb University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Gardner - Webb.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Economics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Social Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value English Language & Literature Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Business Administration & Management Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value Allied Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Value Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Gardner - Webb has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Curriculum & Instruction College Factual
#26 Best Value Colleges for Physician Assistant College Factual
#65 Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Education College Factual
#135 Best Value Colleges for Allied Health Professions College Factual
#154 Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#168 Best Allied Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Gardner - Webb University?

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Contact details for Gardner - Webb are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Main St, Boiling Springs, NC 28017-0997
Phone: 704-406-2361
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gardnerwebb
Twitter: http://twitter.com/thegardnerwebb

How Do I Get Into Gardner - Webb?

You can apply to Gardner - Webb online at: www.gardner-webb.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply/index

Admission Requirements for Gardner - Webb

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript recommended
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Gardner - Webb?

78% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
54% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Gardner - Webb University is 78%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to Gardner - Webb submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 465 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Gardner - Webb University  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Gardner - Webb University  ( 465 to 580 )
200
800
Gardner - Webb received ACT scores from 44% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 18 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Gardner - Webb University  ( 15 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Gardner - Webb University  ( 17 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Gardner - Webb University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Gardner - Webb University?

$30,287 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
7.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Gardner - Webb is $30,287. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Gardner - Webb, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $7,582 a year. That adds up to $30,328 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Gardner - Webb is 7.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Gardner - Webb University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,726 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,071 undergraduate students at Gardner - Webb, with 1,726 being full-time and 345 being part-time.

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There are also 1,465 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,726 full-time undergraduates at Gardner - Webb, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Gardner - Webb University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 310
Hispanic or Latino 83
White 1,034
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 282

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Gardner - Webb University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 37 countries are represented at Gardner - Webb. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Norway, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Gardner - Webb University

1,394 Took All Classes Online
2,622 Took At Least One Class Online
6.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 12 master’s degree programs available online at Gardner - Webb. In 2019-2020, 2,622 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Gardner - Webb has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 23rd most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Gardner - Webb

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Gardner - Webb University was $30,700 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Gardner - Webb is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Economics #18 #16
Entrepreneurial Studies #24 #24
Fire Protection #27 #27
International Business #28 #28
Computer Science #37 #31
General Social Sciences #49 #46
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #72 #72
General English Literature #73 #70
Finance & Financial Management #75 #75

Online Growth Rankings of Gardner - Webb

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Gardner - Webb University was 6.6%. This is the #1,503 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Gardner - Webb regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Gardner - Webb majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 9%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 2%
Economics 50%
Finance & Financial Management 36%
Health & Physical Education 13%
Health Professions 2%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 11%
Nursing 2%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 13%
Psychology 14%
Social Sciences 17%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Gardner - Webb ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Gardner - Webb.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Business #53
Economics #76
Fire Protection #79
General English Literature #102
Management Information Systems #106
Finance & Financial Management #122
Entrepreneurial Studies #136
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #147
English Language & Literature #196
Health & Physical Education #224
Curriculum & Instruction #233
Instructional Media Design #236
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #248
Social Sciences #377
Psychology #386
Educational Administration #460

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Gardner - Webb University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Educational Administration 0 0 136 53 29 218
Nursing 33 78 6 53 20 190
Business Administration & Management 0 41 0 84 15 140
Accounting 0 33 0 29 0 62
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 29 31 60
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 44 0 0 0 44
Allied Health Professions 0 1 0 35 0 36
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 33 0 0 0 33
General Psychology 0 27 0 0 0 27
Health & Physical Education 0 16 0 7 0 23
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 20 0 0 0 20
General English Literature 0 5 4 11 0 20
Computer Science 0 19 0 0 0 19
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 18 0 0 0 18
General Biology 0 17 0 0 0 17
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 0 16 0 16
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 15 0 15
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 14 0 0 0 14
Religious Studies 0 12 0 2 0 14
Finance & Financial Management 0 9 0 2 0 11
Communication & Media Studies 0 11 0 0 0 11
International Business 0 6 0 2 0 8
Student Counseling 0 0 0 8 0 8
Marketing 0 6 0 0 0 6
Sociology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 3 3 6
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 5 0 5
History 0 4 0 0 0 4
Design & Applied Arts 0 4 0 0 0 4
Human Resource Management 0 0 3 0 0 3
American Sign Language 0 3 0 0 0 3
Political Science & Government 0 3 0 0 0 3
Music 0 3 0 0 0 3
Journalism 0 2 0 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 2 0 0 0 2
International Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 2 0 2
Fire Protection 0 2 0 0 0 2
Economics 0 0 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 0 1 0 0 0 1
Arts & Media Management 0 1 0 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 1 0 0 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 0 1 0 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 33 446 151 356 98 1,084

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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