Student Services

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 very important. These activities and others 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.

The Division of Student Development consists of the departments of Career Development, Student Leadership Development, Community Engagement, Housing & Residence Education, University Police, Counseling Center, and Student Activities, Campus Recreation, and New Student Orientation. Due to time constraints and other responsibilities, it is understood that Degree Completion students may not be able to participate in a wide range of activities. Please know that Degree Completion students and their families are encouraged to participate in many University events. Degree Completion students do not pay a Student Activity Fee. 


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



The Career Development Office is dedicated to serving Gardner-Webb students and alumni with an emphasis on two fundamental roles - aiding in career exploration & 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, again open to all current students and alumni.


The Career Development Office also administers an online resume referral and job listing service. All students are required 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, which prospective employers can use to search for potential candidates. For a complete listing of upcoming events and current job postings, visit the website at, and click on student life and career development. Bookmark the site and visit often, as the contents of the site changes often.


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 Office of Community Engagement houses the Service Learning and Volunteer 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. These annual programs include the Volunteer Discovery, canned food drive, Relay for Life, make a Difference Day and others. 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 on-going and one time service opportunities. Interested faculty members who would like to add a Service Learning component to their syllabus should contact the Office of Community Engagement. Service leadership opportunities are available to students through REACH, a student organization which networks campus involvement in community service for individuals and groups.



College is a time of change and adjustment. This may result in anxiety, conflict and uncertainty for many students. The University Counseling Center staff 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 make 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 provided are confidential and no information will be given to others without the consent of the individual.


The University Counseling Center provides services to students, faculty and staff in a concerned, caring, and confidential setting. Services are provided to assist students in defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals. The services include:


  • High quality individual and group counseling to individuals who may be experiencing psychological or behavioral difficulties.
  • Programming focused on the development needs of college students to maximize the potential of students to benefit from the academic environment and 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.



Gardner-Webb University is committed to the spiritual growth of each of its students. The staff of the Office of Christian Life and Service provides Christian ministry to the Gardner-Webb family. Students in need of pastoral care may call (704) 406-4277 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



(Hours: 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday)


The Campus Shop, located on the ground floor of the Tucker Student Center, provides all books needed by students for their courses of study. DCP, Graduate, and Statesville Undergraduate students should order textbooks on-line (or pick them up at the Campus Shop) for all classes. Go to the Campus Shop’s home page at Click on "Textbooks." Follow prompts provided to order textbooks. If students have problems or questions with purchasing books, contact the Campus Shop at 704-406-4273 or email at


Book buy-back is conducted near the Campus Shop and at selected DCP centers at the end of each semester. The Buyback schedule is posted on the Campus Shop website under the “Book Buyback” link.


The Campus Shop has an online store for all of those who cannot make it to campus within store hours. Go to the Campus Shop’s home page at and click on the “Bulldog Merchandise” link provided. This link will direct you to our online ordering site. The Campus Shop offers an assortment of Gardner-Webb paraphernalia. From hats to tailgating supplies, the Campus Shop has most everything you could ask for.


Class rings, graduation announcements, and graduation regalia (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) are available online at All dates, times, and places that Jostens will be on campus will be posted on the main Campus Shop webpage. Class ring brochures are available upon request at the regular university telephone number (704) 406-4273.



The University Police Department is a multi-functional service agency whose primary purpose is to protect the University community and enforce N.C. state law. Full-time officers are professionals who have been certified, and sworn by the N.C. Attorney General office. Services provided by the department include traffic control, engraving, educational seminars, a 24-hour emergency number, vehicle entry service for “lock-outs”, vehicle “jump-starts”, and escort service on campus. Officers patrol the entire campus on foot, segways, and in marked/unmarked campus police vehicles.


The University Police Department is located in the Poston Center and operates on a 24-hour basis. The Poston Center also functions as a reception center seven days per week.



All motorized vehicles operated on Gardner-Webb property must be registered with the University Police office and display a valid permit. Graduate and DCP students must obtain permits. Students register vehicles by logging into WebbConnect and following the links to vehicle registration. A parking regulations and restrictions manual is distributed with each permit. The University Police department is located in the Poston Center and operates on a 24-hour basis. The Poston Center also functions as a reception center Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. and Sundays 2:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M.



All DCP students should acquire a Gardner-Webb University identification card, primarily for the use of library services both on and off the main campus. The ID card may also be used in connection with other University services or activities. Students may send an email to to request an ID. Please include in the email the students name, ID number, address and the center they attend. For other questions regarding ID cards, please contact campus police at 704-406-4444.




This day is one of the highlights of the year and the time for class reunions. The Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni at this occasion.



Homecoming takes place in the fall, bringing back to the campus many former students. Entertainment includes a tennis tournament, football game, and other festivities. Special activities are scheduled during the week for students.



During the Christmas season at Gardner-Webb we call upon others in the community to join us in ushering in Advent and anticipating Christmas. Our traditional celebration, featuring the University choirs, is held in late November or early December and is called Festival of Lights.



A yearly tradition each spring, Undergraduate Seniors invite their families to come and be part of this special ceremony. Students are encouraged to visit with their classmates, parents and professors.



Gardner-Webb University invites students, family members, and guests of Gardner-Webb University's Degree Completion Program to a day of fun and entertainment, and chance to mingle with DCP faculty and staff on a Saturday during the fall semester.



The Gardner-Webb Student has ready access to a number of online services including financial aid, email, registration, online courses, campus announcements, emergency and informational text messaging, and unofficial transcripts through the WebbConnect portal, available at Access to the Internet is provided through computer labs and wireless networks on the main campus and the Hickory, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem campuses.