Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctoral degrees. Inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution, and not to general admission information.

The Commission on Colleges, Gardner-Webb University's regional accrediting agency, is recognized and certified by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition several departmental programs are accredited by the appropriate state or national agencies.

School of Education
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Ecuation (NCATE).

Department of Music
National Association of Schools of Music

School of Nursing
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

School of Divinity
Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada

Athletic Training Program
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. (CAATE)

School of Business
Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

School of Psychology and Counseling
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

The University is authorized by the immigration authorities of the United States for the training of foreign students.