Gardner-Webb University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Gardner-Webb University was founded in 1905 as Boiling Springs High School, a two-year school in the rural community of Boiling Springs, North Carolina. In 1942, the school was renamed Gardner-Webb Junior College after two of its most influential founders and patrons, Dr. Robert Lee Madison Gardner and his wife, Lillie A. Gardner and Dr. James Henry Webb and his wife Mayme Webb. In 1963, the college became a four-year institution and was renamed Gardner-Webb College. It achieved university status in 1992 and has since grown to become an internationally recognized leader in Christian higher education with more than 5,000 students enrolled from 37 states, 22 countries and 35 denominations represented on campus.

The university offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs as well as graduate degrees in business administration (MBA), education (MEd) and nursing (MSN). It also offers doctoral programs in nurse anesthesia, leadership studies and nursing practice (DNP). The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at all levels from associate to doctorate. Additionally, it is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and holds memberships with several organizations including the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, American Council on Education (ACE) and American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation (AAHEA).

Gardner-Webb University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Gardner-Webb University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Gardner-Webb University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Gardner-Webb University (GWU) is a private, Christian university located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The university has an enrollment of approximately 4,500 students and offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The student body is composed of students from all 50 states and over 40 countries. GWU is committed to providing a quality education in an environment that fosters academic excellence and spiritual growth.

GWU’s admissions process is highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 56%. Over 11,000 applications are received each year for the 1,600 available slots. Incoming freshman have an average SAT score of 1100 and an average ACT score of 24. Approximately 83% of incoming freshman receive some form of financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition. GWU also offers merit-based scholarships for those who demonstrate high academic achievement or special talents in areas such as athletics or music. Additionally, GWU has a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of low-income students or those with special needs. In addition to these resources, GWU also offers career counseling services to help guide students through their college experience and prepare them for life after graduation.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 58%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 58%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 3,940
Female applicants 2,186
Male applicants 1,754
Applicants accepted 2,292
Female applicants accepted 1,304
Male applicants accepted 988
Freshman enrollment 458
Female freshman enrollment 248
Male freshman enrollment 210
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 98%
Average high school GPA 3.5
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3-4

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 86%
SAT Critical Reading average score 508
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 440-570
SAT Math average score 489
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 430-550
SAT Writing average score 473
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 410-530
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 33%
Average ACT Composite score 21
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 18-24
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT English score breakdown N/A
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Math score breakdown N/A