The Honors Experience

An Engaging College Immersion Experience

Ignite your future as a scholar. 2021 dates and deadlines will be announced soon.

If you’re a high-achieving high school student looking to challenge yourself, experience life on the Gardner-Webb campus, and explore your faith under the instruction of exceptional Christian scholars, The Honors Experience is for you. You’ll spend a full week living in dorms, traveling to field experiences, and laying the foundation for your success in college. You’ll even qualify to automatically compete for a full-ride scholarship to Gardner-Webb University! 

About the Program

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Program Cost

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 the Payment Deadline (2021 TBD).

Students may be eligible for a $50.00 application discount:

  • You will receive an early application discount if you submit your application and deposit before January 1st
  • Children of current faculty, staff, and alumni qualify for a discount
  • Bring a friend to apply for a discount for each student
  • Returning participants will receive a 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