Gardner-Webb University (GWU)

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Gardner-Webb University can be found in Boiling Springs, NC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Gardner-Webb University has an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores at this school. A score between 970 - 1180 on the SAT exam, or 19 - 24 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Gardner-Webb University (GWU) average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.25 for accepted students. 67% of all those who apply are accepted to GWU, from which 12% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Gardner-Webb University (GWU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Gardner-Webb University was reported as 66.7% in Fall 2020 with over 4,830 applications submitted to Gardner-Webb University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • GWU ACT Scores: 19 - 24
  • GWU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into Gardner-Webb University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of GWU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Gardner-Webb University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 51.9%
  • 2017-2018: 52.7%
  • 2018-2019: 48.1%
  • 2019-2020: 66.7%
  • Projected GWU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 52.9%

How Does Gardner-Webb University (GWU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for GWU is eighteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Limestone College50.9%
Converse College89.3%
Wofford College59.8%
Belmont Abbey College80.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Recommended
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Gardner-Webb University (GWU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 600
Math480 - 580
Total Score970 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 24
Math17 - 24
Composite Score19 - 24
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