From the Students: Liberal Arts at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts.
Hear what students have to say about the ability to explore ideas within a diverse community of learning.

Jacob Kirby (’16) discipleship studies 

“Gardner-Webb is just so well-rounded in terms of the variety of courses students can take, both in the core curriculum and in electives … if I hadn’t experienced what it was like to study other courses besides music, like English courses and history and religious studies, I may never have known what paths were available for me to pursue.” (More)



Kevin Clary (’15) Music Education

“Gardner-Webb students are exposed to professors with a broad range of personalities, teaching styles as well as personal beliefs … True knowledge and the power to shape one’s own ideas and opinions comes from the willingness to expose one’s self to the ideas and opinions of others, and that opportunity is prevalent at Gardner-Webb.” (More)


M. Lamont Littlejohn (’16) Doctorate in Ministry

“My experience has helped me to become a better holistic person. My educational experience allowed me to acquire skills within other subject areas of study beyond my major and minor concentrations. It has taught me that ministry is both tough and messy at times.” (More)


Madison Cates (‘13) history

“The ability to take a wide variety of courses and get to know thoughtful, compassionate people helped guide my spiritual and intellectual development. Being involved in the Honors Student Association, Alpha Chi Honor Society, and Student Government Association allowed me to discuss and debate ideas with friends and peers across disciplines.” (More)

Full Swing

As the spring academic semester gets underway, the Gardner-Webb University Division I athletics schedule gets into full swing as well.
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Full Swing

As the spring academic semester gets underway, the Gardner-Webb University Division I athletics schedule gets into full swing as well.

In addition to a full slate of home men’s and women’s basketball games and wrestling matches through February, competition begins for the baseball, lacrosse, softball and tennis teams in the coming weeks.

In its third season, the lacrosse program will host 11 matches in Spangler Stadium from February through April, including an exhibition versus nearby rival Limestone.

The new year also brings new seasons for the baseball and softball programs. In its second year in Brinkley Stadium, the softball team is set to host nearly two dozen home games, including a two-game matchup with the ACC’s Syracuse Orange in March. The baseball team, entering Coach Rusty Stroupe’s 15th season, will play more than 30 home games in John Henry Moss Stadium this year.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will also keep the GWU Tennis Courts busy during the spring semester, with more than 25 total home matches on the schedule through April.

Complete information about Gardner-Webb Athletics, including schedules and how to buy tickets, is available online.

Student-Athlete Experience


“Gardner-Webb allowed me to grow as a whole person, in my academics, in the pool, and in my faith." Charity Byrum ’15  (More)

Gardner-Webb Provided Deep Scholastic Enrichment for Top Athlete

Charity Byrum (’15) was Encouraged to go Beyond Textbook Studies

Now enrolled in what she described as an “intense” Occupational Therapy graduate degree program, Charity Byrum (’15) credited Gardner-Webb with preparing her to manage a busy life schedule.

The four-time Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) All-Academic Team member made deep scholastic enrichment a major part of her undergraduate career, in addition to her success in the pool as a seven-time all-CCSA athlete.

“I participated in independent study research with Dr. Jeff Hartman in Exercise Science and created a laboratory teaching assistant position as a practicum with Dr. David Granniss,” she offered. “I also had the privilege of competing academically through the Alpha Chi honor society with Dr. June Hobbs. These experiences are unique to the Gardner-Webb community and allowed me to go beyond the mastery of a textbook to truly succeed.”

Byrum received the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award, which is named for a conference co-founder and annually honors the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA) in their sports.

She posted a perfect 4.0 career GPA at Gardner-Webb, and shared that the University enabled her to build strong teams of God, family, friends and coaches to help achieve their goals in academics, athletics and career preparation.

Relationships with faculty and staff members also allowed Byrum, a GWU Most Outstanding Female Graduate, to manage her time and succeed in all phases of college life.

“Gardner-Webb allowed me to grow as a whole person, in my academics, in the pool, and in my faith,” she reflected. “Through every experience and challenge, I was encouraged to turn to Christ for my strength, and I think that is what made the difference in my education and success.”

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University blends a liberal arts core curriculum with more than 60 major and minor professional programs of study, a comprehensive academic experience that flows from our Christian commitment to intellectual freedom, service and leadership.

The Dawg Pound


The Dawg Pound is a club for students who want to show their school spirit by supporting the Runnin' Bulldogs athletes.