Gardner-Webb University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University is a private Christian liberal arts university with ties to the Baptist church. Students can select from about 40 Bachelor degree programs. The institution has an 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 25. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs play in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. The school fields 21 varsity sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 3,594 (2,028 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male/64% Female
  • 81% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,460
  • Books: $1,800
  • Room and Board: $10,390
  • Other Expenses: $2,260
  • Total Cost: $45,910

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,462
    • Loans: $6,897

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 44%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Gardner-Webb University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                       

  • Gardner-Webb University Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/600
    • SAT Math: 480/580
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/24
    • ACT English: 16/24
    • ACT Math: 17/24
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Gardner-Webb University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Gardner-Webb University is currently out of your reach, you can be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Gardner-Webb University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Gardner-Webb University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Arizona, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas

Applying to Gardner-Webb University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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