Undergraduate Advising

Gardner-Webb University encourages students to view the advising relationship as a partnership for success.

It is our goal to help students to make a satisfactory academic transition to college life for both freshmen and transfers.

The Student Success Center provides developmental advising and coaching for students by taking an active role in communication and support in order to help resolve academic concerns. Through a collaborative relationship with an Academic Success Coach, students are best able to define and implement sound educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, gifts, and career goals. Students learn not only to set personal and academic goals but to develop strategies for goal attainment.

About Academic Advising

Our purpose is to provide an opportunity to enhance each traditional undergraduate student’s academic experience through a variety of services:

  • major exploration
  • academic scheduling and course selection
  • degree completion planning
  • academic coaching and guidance
  • academic goal-setting and achievement

The Student Success Center is located on the 3rd floor of Tucker Student Center. Please contact us at (704) 406-4563 or [email protected].


As a part of the Student Success Division, the Office of Retention assists students to remove academic, spiritual, social, and financial barriers where possible. A variety of tools such as success coaching, academic success skills, and time management are offered. When students are facing challenges in any of these areas they are encouraged to contact the Office of Retention by telephone, e-mail, or in person. The office is located on the third floor (Student Success Suite, Room 342) of Tucker Student Center.

The Leave of Absence Policy is designed for students who have had significant life circumstances impact their ability to maintain good academic standing and who may need to take a break from their current academic coursework (e.g., illness of family member, personal illness, significant financial distress or life-changing circumstances).

Upon formal approval of the leave, a specific termination date by which a student must either re-enroll or request an extension is assigned. An extension of the approved leave of absence can be applied for by emailing the Office of Retention at [email protected] with a request for the amount of additional time needed. A leave of absence, including extensions, is not given for more than two years during the time a student is pursuing an undergraduate degree. A student who does not re-enroll by the end of the approved leave of absence is considered to have voluntarily withdrawn from the University. The maximum of two years allowed on leave of absence applies even when those semesters are not consecutive.

Forms requesting a leave of absence are available online; the student must then obtain the signatures of the Student Accounts Office and the Advising Center, and a meeting with the Office of Retention is required.

For more information on the Leave of Absence Policy check out the academic catalog found here.