The Honors Experience

The Honors Experience at Gardner-Webb


July 12-17, 2020

  • Experience what it would be like to be a student at Gardner-Webb University
  • Challenge yourself by taking college courses with fellow high-achieving students
  • Explore faith and learning under the instruction of exceptional Christian scholars
  • Live in dorms, travel to field experiences, and lay the foundation for success in college
  • Qualify for a full-ride scholarship to Gardner-Webb University

Program Description

The Honors Experience at Gardner-Webb is a one-week college immersion for academically gifted and talented students who are currently in the 9th-11th grade. The program is held on Gardner-Webb’s main campus in Boiling Springs, NC each summer.

As a high school student who has already demonstrated excellence in the classroom and community, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your skills in a hands on setting, under the instruction of our exceptional faculty and staff. You will participate in two credit bearing college courses that are designed to help you develop the confidence you need to continue in your pursuit of academic excellence, engage academics with Christian faith, and experience the impact of service learning.

If you are accepted into The Honors Experience, you will be automatically invited to participate in Gardner-Webb’s Ignite Excellence Scholarship competition during your senior year of high school, where you will compete for our most competitive academic scholarships—the highest honor covers full tuition as well as room and board, totaling over $40,000 per year.

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Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Currently in 9th -11th grades (graduating seniors are not eligible)
  • Unweighted GPA of at least 3.7
  • Any of the following test scores:
    • 21 ACT
    • 1040 on the New SAT
    • 1020 on the New PSAT including Reading, Math, Writing
    • 980/98 with Math and Reading on the old testing format

*If you do not yet meet the requirements, or have not yet taken these tests, you may apply with two letters of recommendation. One must be from a teacher, and the other may be from another teacher, counselor, pastor, or youth worker.


The cost for The Honors Experience is $500 per person. A $100 deposit (refunded if you are not accepted) is due with your application, which must be submitted by May 31, 2020. Full payment is due by June 14th.

If you submit your application and deposit before January 1st, you will receive an early application discount of $50.00.

Children of current faculty, staff, and alumni qualify for a $50.00 discount.

Bring a friend to apply for a $50.00 discount for each student.

Returning participants will receive a $50.00 discount.

Your cost for The Honors Experience includes:

  • Room and Board (5 nights lodging and 15 meals)
  • Transportation to field experiences
  • Course Intruction
  • Activity Fees
  • Materials

2020 Course Information

  • Fatal Attractions: A Study of Relationships 
  • Face to Face with Other Religions: What Do You Believe? 
  • Bones, Bodies, and Bugs: Using Science to Solve Crimes
  • Heart + Mind = Healthcare: An Introduction to Nursing
  • Exercise Physiology: From Theory to Lab to Application

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