Orientation

Information for Accepted Students

Runnin' Bulldog Bound

Welcome to Gardner-Webb!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Gardner-Webb University! We’re proud of you, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our campus and community. Let’s work together to make sure you’re set for your Gardner-Webb experience before you arrive on campus. 

In all seriousness, we know the mix of excitement, nerves, anxiety, and adventure most of you are experiencing right now. And, we’re here for you! The first year of college is both exciting and challenging. Now that you’re officially a Bulldog, there are tons of resources available to help you survive the day-to-day unknowns.

First-Year Programs

To help you make a successful transition into university life, First-year Programs will expose you to key Gardner-Webb services, encourage you to become a leader, and promote your academic success in every way possible. Throughout this first year, we pledge to you that we will…

  • Develop your personal and academic success skills
  • Stimulate your intellectual curiosity and multidisciplinary thinking
  • Help you assimilate into “Dawg” culture
  • Foster a sense of community where you belong
  • Nurture your faith
  • Inspire you to service-based leadership


First-Year Programs is responsible for both Dimensions of University Life (UNIV 111) and First Year Experience (UNIV 101) courses. These courses encompass three enriching components sharing a common vision:

  • Academic, Personal, and Social Development
  • First-Year Common Read
  • Service-learning

Each component works interdependently to give students a successful start in college, to develop invaluable life-long learning skills, and to promote thought-provoking studies and experiences that will continue beyond your first year at Gardner-Webb.

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Financial Aid

We know that financial aid is one of the most important factors in your decision to attend Gardner-Webb. We have tips and resources for you—and your family—to navigate the process. You’ll learn about what scholarship and grant opportunities you have based on need and merit, and what steps you need to take to get the greatest value from your education.

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Transitions Guide

Before you even step foot on the Gardner-Webb campus for the first time, you can start preparing yourself for your first year of college today. Our Transitions Guide is designed to serve you as an easy-to-use reference tool for the facilities, services, and opportunities available to students on campus.