Student Development

Student Development

Gardner-Webb University is committed to the education of the whole person. This includes the mind, the body and the spirit. To this end, the University considers the student’s activities outside the classroom to be just as important as the classroom experiences. These activities help the student to develop social and interpersonal skills, deepen spiritual commitments, explore career opportunities, formulate a philosophy of life, develop leadership skills, and develop sound ethical and moral principles. Experiences in residence halls, student government, the Tucker Student Center, service organizations, informal social groups, the Broyhill Adventure Course, and intramural teams are important to the student’s total development. The University supports and encourages student involvement in a variety of activities.


The Student Development Division consists of the departments of Counseling and Career Services, Housing and Residence Education, University Police, Student Leadership Development, and Student Activities, Campus Recreation, and New Student Orientation.



College is a time of change and adjustment, which may lead to anxiety, conflict and uncertainty for many students. The University Counseling Center is available to assist students who may be experiencing these and other feelings.


The University Counseling Center is staffed by a team of professionals, trained in education and counseling, who want to assist students in coping with difficulties and making the most of their opportunities for success.


The University Counseling Center adheres to the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association and operates within a Christian perspective. All services are provided to students, faculty and staff in a concerned, caring, and confidential setting. No information will be given to others without the consent of the individual.


Services are provided to assist students in defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals. The services include the following:


  • High quality individual and group counseling to people who may be experiencing psychological or behavioral difficulties;
  • Programming focused on the developmental needs of college students, designed to maximize the potential of students to benefit from the academic experience;
  • Consultation to the institution to make the environment as beneficial to the intellectual, emotional and physical development of students as possible.
  • Appointments may be made by contacting the Counseling Center. Referrals to local community agencies may be made if needed.



The Career Development Office is dedicated to serving Gardner-Webb students and alumni with an emphasis on two fundamental roles - aiding in career exploration and self-discovery and providing a myriad of resources to aid in the job search process. All Gardner-Webb students and alumni are eligible for the vast array of services including use of FOCUS, a computerized guidance system, resume writing assistance, and job listing services. The Career Development Office also sponsors educational workshops, career planning events, and several career fairs throughout the year, open to all current students and alumni.


The Career Development Office also administers an online resume referral and job listing service. All students are encouraged to register with career services during their freshman year. Registration is simple using the Bulldog Network. Students complete a registration section and transfer their resumes to our database, after which prospective employers can view those seeking work on the Internet.


Employers are an integral part of career services. However, the Career Development Office reserves the right to refuse employers with discriminatory hiring practices. The office will also make decisions regarding third-person employers and on-campus recruitment.



The University strives to make residential living attractive, comfortable and developmental in nature. All of the residence halls have heating and air conditioning. The different housing options offered are single, double and triple occupancy rooms. Students should bring linens, pillow, and other items to personalize their room. It is strongly suggested that they consult with their roommate about decor and items they want to bring.


Residential facilities open the day before registration each semester and close after classes at the end of the fall, spring and summer semesters. Seniors may only remain through Commencement in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Residence halls close during Christmas break except for international students or those participating in University-sponsored events. Students must sign up to stay during other breaks.


Room assignments are made through the Housing & Residence Education Office. Incoming freshmen will be notified of their room assignment during the summer. Students should start checking their housing assignment beginning in June. Students will be able to access this information by going through WebbConnect. Instructions on how to do this are:


  • Go to and sign in to WebbConnect.
  • Click on the “Student” tab.
  • From here, click on the following links in this order: Academic services (twice), Student Services & Financial Aid, and View My Housing Assignment.
  • Select Fall 2012 as the term and click “Submit term.”
  • Your hall, room, and roommate’s contact information will appear.

Each residential facility is staffed with a Graduate Resident Director and Resident Advisors. The staff is available to assist students with a variety of situations and concerns. All facilities are equipped with laundry rooms and each room has cable TV service. In addition, the campus is wired for Internet use and voice mail.


More specific Residence Education policies and guidelines may be found in The Student Handbook and in the Housing Contract. Residence Hall policies apply 365 days a year.



Three fundamental tenets of the University are FAITH, SERVICE, and LEADERSHIP. The Office of Student Leadership Development exists to plan, implement, and coordinate a comprehensive campus-wide student leadership program. It promotes a study of leadership and leadership principles that includes hands-on-training. The office works collaboratively with appropriate campus-wide constituencies to promote a study of civic and organizational leadership. The office seeks to incorporate leadership principles in academic courses. This office represents a significant effort by the University to prepare graduates for a life of leadership and civic engagement in a global society.



Representing the interest of the Gardner-Webb student body is the Student Government Association (SGA). Projects and proposals dealing with social, cultural, and academic life are promoted by the SGA officers and the Student Senate. The SGA advocates on behalf of student interests, encourages involvement in service, provides co-curricular and extracurricular activities and fosters interaction among faculty, staff, and students. The SGA is advised by the Director of Student Leadership Development.



Gardner-Webb University offers students opportunities to become involved in a wide range of activities and organizations on campus. Students work with the Student Leadership Office to assist students in forming new clubs and organizations. Guidelines for starting new clubs/organizations are available from the Office of Student Leadership Development.



The Office of Student Activities is responsible for the educational and entertainment programming for the students at Gardner-Webb University. The University offers a variety of programs to help and encourage the student to grow socially, culturally and spiritually. All traditional and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend all campus activities.


The department is also committed to ensuring that all programs reflect Christian values and commitment by providing a staff of students and professionals who are dedicated to the development of the total student. The activities that are planned range from weekend movies, comedy acts, novelty events, and special event dances. The Director oversees the Campus Activities Board to provide quality entertainment.



Campus Recreation provides recreational activities that are designed to enrich the quality of physical, mental, spiritual, and social life of University community members. Many different fitness classes are offered throughout the semester ranging from beginner to intermediate. Intramurals offer a variety of individual and team sports during the fall and spring semesters to accommodate many interests and abilities. The Suttle Wellness Center, located in the University Physical Development Complex, is a health and wellness educational resource center available to all Gardner-Webb University students, faculty, staff and family members of faculty and staff.



The Broyhill Adventure Course is a unique outdoor adventure complex that offers a series of experiential challenges designed to enhance team building and personal growth for Gardner-Webb University students, faculty, staff and community groups. Using a combination of high and low ropes activities, participants experience climbing and problem-solving as metaphors for life whereby communication skills are improved, self-esteem is enhanced, problem-solving techniques are applied and cooperation in group and team situations is further developed. The Broyhill Adventure Course practices a “Challenge by Choice” philosophy which allows participants to choose a comfortable level of involvement. Programs are flexible and can be designed to meet a specific group’s needs.



The Tucker Student Center houses a state of the art, indoor climbing wall featuring 740 sq. ft. of climbing terrain. It provides another outlet for climbers and non-climbers alike to work out, challenge themselves, and experience a sense of adventure in a safe environment. Programming will include times for instructional classes/camps, competitions, birthday parties, reserved times, and recreational climbing for fun.



The Office of Community Engagement houses programs in order to provide all members of the Gardner-Webb community with meaningful service opportunities. Each year, Gardner-Webb students, faculty and staff volunteer their time and talents to the surrounding community through various campus wide volunteer programs. In addition to providing campus wide service programs, the office also serves as a resource center and clearinghouse for volunteer information. Interested individuals and groups may visit the office or go online to receive information on various ongoing and one time service opportunities.

Contact Information

Office of Student Development

Phone: 704-406-4373