Welcome to Gardner-Webb University

Dr. DownsWelcome to The Webb! On behalf of all the faculty and staff of this great university, I extend an enthusiastic welcome to our new and returning students. We are delighted to have you join us, and we look forward to helping you at each step of your academic journey. In the pages that follow, this Student Handbook will provide information you will need to enhance your experience at Gardner-Webb University.

Our first and most important commitment is to you. At Gardner-Webb, we strive to provide each and every student with a world-class education, with opportunities to grow and learn beyond the classroom, and with all the support you need to convert your degree into a rewarding career. Your professors are experts in their fields, and they are dedicated to equipping you with knowledge and skills that will ignite a lifetime of success. They will challenge and inspire you, and they will always be compassionate and caring.

Gardner-Webb University is a recognized leader in Christian higher education. We take our motto, Pro Deo et Humanitate (“For God and Humanity”), very seriously. That means we are here to travel together along a path of spiritual discovery. As we explore our faith, we will look to put that faith into action in service to our community. In that service we will find meaning and purpose, and those qualities will surely make your time at GWU special.

As President, I have the privilege of working to strengthen Gardner-Webb and to ensure the value of your degree. I want you to thrive as scholars. I want you to grow in faith. I want you to have the time of your life, forging lifelong relationships that tie you to each other and to your alma mater. I want you to cheer on the teams of Bulldog Nation and to celebrate the competitive spirit of this amazing place we call home. In all of these things, we are here to be your partner. Call on us early and often.

Thank you for choosing Gardner-Webb University. I wish you all the best for the academic year ahead!

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Dr. William M. Downs