Admit highly qualified applicants capable of successfully completing the Gardner-Webb University Department of Physician Assistant Studies

CASPA Applicant Data Comparison

A. Comparison of Total CASPA Applicant Data for nation with GWU PA Studies Matriculated Applicant Data.

Total CASPA Applicant Data (National)

Non-Science GPA3.573.563.6
Science GPA3.333.313.37
Overall GPA3.443.433.47

Total GWU PA Studies Matriculated Applicant Data from CASPA

(2024 Cohort)
(2025 Cohort)
(2026 COHORT)
Non-Science GPA3.693.673.74
Science GPA3.53.543.52
Overall GPA3.583.593.61

Attrition Data

B. GWU Physician Assistant Studies Attrition Data

The GWU PA Studies program benchmark for student attrition is <2 students per cohort or a 6% attrition rate. While that benchmark was exceeded with the 2022 cohort, the benchmark was met with the 2021 and 2023 classes. To address student attrition, the program has modified remediation policies, program curriculum, academic standing policy, and availability of student resources. The program works closely with the GWU Noel Center for Disability Resources to advocate for assistance with struggling learners. We are devoted to supporting our students in their PA education journey.

GWU Attrition Table

Performance Indicators of Graduated ClassesClass of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)363636
Entering class size3636 + 136 + 1
*Attrition rate2.8%8.1%2.7%
**Graduate rate97.2%91.2%97.3%
*Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size. 
**Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.