Gardner-Webb University

650 reviews
  1. Boiling Springs, NC
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    D+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
Gardner-Webb University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference
Address
Main St
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
895-1130
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$22,988/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,912/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,259/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,912/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,774/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,487/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,123Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
23%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    75%
  • Honest
    20%
  • Honest, caring, always there to help
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
74%
of students say they don't have Greek life.31 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Great
    41%
  • Small, but lively
    30%
  • Small
    26%
  • Best school all around!
    4%

After Gardner-Webb University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses

Reviews

650 reviews
  • Excellent
    143
  • Very Good
    211
  • Average
    209
  • Poor
    44
  • Terrible
    43
I love being an English Major at Gardner-Webb! English majors are required to have both American and British Lit as well as other literature courses including Shakesspeare and Young Adult Lit. If you are an English Education major (which I am), a lot of the courses taken apply to the classroom setting like Structure of the English Language, which focuses on grammar. The workload consists of mostly reading and discussion online and can be overwhelming sometimes, but in general fosters lots of critical thinking and different perspectives. Some of the last classes required for English majors are workshops which can be used as internships; it depends on what your focus is concerning internships (creative writing, preprofessional writing, education, etc) but the classes are all awesome and the professors are equally so.
  • College Junior
  • Sep 10 2013
I live in what GWU designates a suite; it is a 3 or 4 bedroom (2 people per room) apartment with 2 full bathrooms, a full-sized fridge, a microwave, a sink, and a living room. The suite buildings are fairly new, thus they are in excellant condition. Living in a suite is about $300 more than living in a dorm. I have no experience with the dorms on campus because I have never lived in one, but I do know that the rooms have two closets, beds, desks, and are shared between two people. The bathrooms on each floor of the residence halls, from what I have heard, are in very good condition. The laundry rooms in the dorm and suite suite buildings are all in good working condition. To live in what GWU designates as an apartment costs about $1300 more than a dorm (about $1000 more than a suite), but the amenities in each apartment are much nicer. Each of the 3 or 4 rooms has one full-bed (as apposed to the XL-Twin beds every else on campus) because the rooms only house 1 person each. Each apartment is equipped with a laundry room, bathrooms with bathtubs, and a full kitchen (stove and oven included). The social life in all three types of living facilities is very good! I regularly have an additional 5-8 people in my suite and I frequent other suites and one of the residence halls to hang out with friends.
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 30 2012
Not Enough and Expensive – I think the parking situation is AWFUL! They do not have anywhere near enough parking. Now I understand that the faculty and Staff have seniority in getting the parking spots near the classroom and administration buildings and such. Pretty much there is no option of driving to class because all the parking spots up there are for faculty, but that is fine with me, though kind of a pain if its raining. The problem I have is that there is not enough parking at my dorm, really there is only enough parking near my dorm for about half the girls that live there, which means when all those are full you have to park way out in no man's land and walk a long ways back to your dorm. One reason this is such a problem is because they charge you $100 a semester for parking, and then do not have anywhere near enough. Where's all that parking money going too, if it's not going to making more parking availability?
  • College Junior
  • Sep 6 2012