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 GPA3.533.533.57
Science GPA3.313.323.33
Overall GPA3.413.413.44

Total GWU PA Studies Matriculated Applicant Data from CASPA

(2022 Cohort)
(2023 Cohort)
(2024 Cohort)
Non-Science GPA3.593.743.69
Science GPA3.443.613.5
Overall GPA3.513.663.58

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 2019 cohort, the benchmark was met with the 2020 and 2021 classes. To address student attrition, the program has modified remediation policies and admissions requirements. 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 2019Class of 2020Class of 2021
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)363636
Entering class size363636
*Attrition rate11.1%5.6%2.8%
**Graduate rate88.9%94.4%97.2%
*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.