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To ensure all first-year students are engaged in a community that supports their academic and social endeavors where they have the foundational skills and resources to succeed at Gardner-Webb and beyond.  


We strive to foster a welcoming community for students in their transition to college life by providing engaging opportunities related to personal and academic growth, learn resources, and build lasting connections. 

University 111 

University 111 is a class that all first-year students are required to take that helps with your transition to university life, establish community, and develop skills to succeed in life after GWU. Students will connect with the Gardner-Webb community, campus resources, and engage in opportunities that will grow them academically, socially, and spiritually. Students will also participate in a service-learning opportunity.  


  • Understand the value of your Christian education 
  • Gain a mentor through your Peer Leader and Instructor 
  • Develop academic success strategies 
  • Access and understand campus resources 
  • Build community and learn how to get connected on campus 

Peer Leaders 

In addition to our professors, University 111 also has Peer Leaders who work as teaching assistants, friends, and role models for our first-year students. These motivated student workers act as mentors who work hand in hand with the University 111 instructors to ensure our first-year students have a successful first semester of college. 
We look forward to encouraging you in your transition to college and helping you start in a way that will allow you to thrive at Gardner-Webb. We are excited to get you connected to all the wonderful resources Gardner-Webb offers and introduce you to many new friends! 

If interested in being a Peer Leader, please complete this interest survey

  • Kara Alves

    Director of Success Initiatives and First Year Experiences

    (704) 406-2297

  • Benjamin Flournoy

    Coordinator of the Learning Resource center

    (704) 406-2254