Welcome to Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University is proud to welcome students from all around the globe. Founded in 1905, GWU is located in the Piedmont section of western North Carolina. Forty-five miles east of Gardner-Webb is the thriving city of Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas. Less than one hour away to the south is the city of Spartanburg, S.C. One hour to the west is the historically rich mountain city of Asheville, N.C.


The main campus is located in the historic Boiling Springs area on 200 acres of evergreen flat land near Shelby, North Carolina. Although there have been many changes over the years, Gardner-Webb University remains closely related to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. The University holds in high esteem its commitment to Christian principles and values as the best foundation for the development of human personality and social order.


GWU continues to grow and it is home to close to 5,000 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from 37 states in the U.S. and more than 25 countries around the globe. The university offers nearly 60 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs, so there is enough to go round.


As the largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte has become a major U. S. financial center, and it is now the nation’s second largest financial institution. Bank of America calls the city home and Wells Fargo’s East Coast Operations has its headquarters in Charlotte. It is also home to the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is the 8th busiest airport in the U. S. and ninth busiest in the world when measured by traffic. It is a destination for many domestic and international airlines such as Air Canada, Insel Air, and Lufthansa. It is also the largest hub of U.S. Airlines. These make domestic and international travels easy to our international students.


We invite you to check out our website for additional information about the academic programs, services and activities we offer at Gardner-Webb University. We hope you will decide to be a part of our Gardner-Webb University community in the nearest future.