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Gardner-Webb University: Narrative Description


PO Box 997
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
Tel: (704)406-2361
Free: 800-253-6472
Admissions: (704)406-4491
Fax: (704)434-4488
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Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1905. Setting: 250-acre small town campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $29.1 million. Total enrollment: 3,724. Faculty: 126. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,628 applied, 57% were admitted. 39% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 5 class presidents, 5 valedictorians, 75 student government officers. Full-time: 2,160 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 415 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 31 other countries, 23% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 16% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 39% 25 or older, 71% live on campus, 20% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wake Forest University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.4 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $20,490 includes full-time tuition ($14,960), mandatory fees ($190), and college room and board ($5340). College room only: $2730. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $285 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 43 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Volunteer Corps, The Verge, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Student Alumni Council. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Welcome Back events. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,139 college housing spaces available; 1,101 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Dover Memorial Library with 230,000 books, 645,000 microform titles, 12,500 serials, 10,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $736,200. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Boiling Springs is located within the noted thermal belt; bus transportation is within five miles; three major railroad lines are within 10 miles; nearest airport is Charlotte, N.C., 50 miles. The community has access to the indoor swimming pool at the college, observatory, theatre, football stadium, gymnasium and the many cultural arts and entertainment programs at the college. Shopping facilities are good, other community facilities include United Methodist and Baptist churches, and in nearby Shelby, churches of most major denominations, plus numerous civic and service organizations. Part-time employment opportunities are good.

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