First-Year Programs

The first year of college is very exciting and challenging.

Our goal in First-Year Programs is to ensure that first-year students make a successful transition into university life by exposing students to Gardner-Webb services, encouraging them to become leaders, and promote student success in every possible opportunity.

The First-Year Experience Program at Gardner-Webb is designed to help:

  • develop personal and academic success skills
  • stimulate intellectual curiosity and multidisciplinary thinking
  • encourage assimilation into “Dawg” culture
  • foster a sense of community
  • nurture your faith
  • stimulate 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.

By making the most of your first year at GWU, you are unlocking your potential for success through graduation and beyond.

We look forward to working with you as your start your first year at Gardner-Webb University! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to ease your transition.

Professional Staff

Tammy Bass, Ed.D

Director of First-Year Programs
(704) 406-2291
[email protected]