Gardner-Webb University, a private, Christian, Baptist-related university, provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts, while offering opportunities to prepare for various professions. Fostering meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge within a diverse community of learning, Gardner-Webb is dedicated to higher education that integrates scholarship with Christian life. By embracing faith and intellectual freedom, balancing conviction with compassion, and inspiring a love of learning, service and leadership, Gardner-Webb prepares its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity in an ever-changing global community.
Location: 50 miles west of Charlotte and about an hour’s drive from both Asheville, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.; main campus of more than 225 acres is located in Boiling Springs, N.C., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Students: 3,500 students, including the traditional day program, graduate studies and GOAL — The Degree Completion Program; 67% female, 33% male, 39 states, 19 foreign countries; average class size is 17.
Faculty: More than 160 full time, 75% with Ph.D. or equivalent
Curriculum: A total of 6 professional schools and 14 academic departments offer more than 80 undergraduate and graduate major fields of study. Approximately 24% of students major in nursing, 23% in business, 18% in education and 14% in psychology.
Athletics: NCAA Division I; member of the Big South Conference; compete in 11 men’s and 11 women’s sports
Religious Affiliation: Baptist founded
History Highlights: Founded in 1905 as Boiling Springs High School; became Boiling Springs Junior College in 1928; renamed Gardner-Webb College in 1942 in honor of North Carolina Governor O. Max Gardner and his wife, Fay Webb; became a university in 1993; hosted 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials-Cycling; reclassification to NCAA Division I athletics in 2000; added first doctoral program (Doctor of Ministry) in 2001; celebrated 100 years of educational service in 2005; completed largest-ever capital campaign of $46 million in 2013; opened the College of Health Sciences facility which houses the Hunt School of Nursing, the Physician Assistant Studies program and the Department of Exercise Science in 2015; received a gift from the Gardner Foundation to support undergraduate research by establishing the Fay Webb Gardner Master Mentorship Program in 2017.
President: Dr. William M. Downs, July 1, 2019
(Updated October 2019)