Gardner-Webb University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$31,220
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,363
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.73%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
78%
5,370 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
3,536
60.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
53.5%
259 Graduates

About

Gardner-Webb University is a higher education institution located in Cleveland County, NC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Gardner-Webb University were Registered Nursing (78 degrees awarded), Community Psychology (44 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (41 degrees).

In 2020, 1,084 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Gardner-Webb University. 71.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 28.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (672 degrees), 2.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (232 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Gardner-Webb University is $31,220, which is $2,591 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Gardner-Webb University is $31,220, which is $2,591 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,363.

In 2020, 87% of undergraduate students attending Gardner-Webb University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 59% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$31,220
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Gardner-Webb University was $31,220. The cost of tuition at Gardner-Webb University is $2,591 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$20,363
2020 Value
4.03%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Gardner-Webb University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,363. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Gardner-Webb University grew by 4.03%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,895
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Gardner-Webb University was of $7,895 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

87%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
59%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

87% of undergraduate students at Gardner-Webb University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.16% with respect to 2019, when 86% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.73%
2018 Default Rate
49
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Gardner-Webb University was 3.73%, which represents 49 out of the 1313 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Gardner-Webb University received 5,370 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 11.1% annual growth. Out of those 5,370 applicants, 4,186 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78% acceptance rate.

There were 3,536 students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University in 2020, and 54% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Gardner-Webb University has an overall enrollment yield of 11.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,186
Accepted Out of 5,370

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Gardner-Webb University was 78% (4,186 admissions from 5,370 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 66.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 11.1%, while admissions grew by 29.8%.

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SAT Scores

54%
Submission Percentage
253
Scores Submitted

54% of enrolled first-time students at Gardner-Webb University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Gardner-Webb University has a total enrollment of 3,536 students. The full-time enrollment at Gardner-Webb University is 2,145 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,391. This means that 60.7% of students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Gardner-Webb University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.3% White, 24.4% Black or African American, 3.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.21% Two or More Races, 1.13% Asian, 0.594% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.226% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (41%), followed by White Male (18.9%) and Black or African American Male (9.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (31%), followed by White Male (18.6%) and Black or African American Female (16.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

60.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Gardner-Webb University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,536 students. The full-time enrollment at Gardner-Webb University is 2,145 and the part-time enrollment is 1,391. This means that 60.7% of students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Gardner-Webb University was 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Gardner-Webb University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,025
  2. Black or African American
    864
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    131

The enrolled student population at Gardner-Webb University is 57.3% White, 24.4% Black or African American, 3.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.21% Two or More Races, 1.13% Asian, 0.594% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.226% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 368 students (10.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 462 more women than men received degrees from Gardner-Webb University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Gardner-Webb University is white (672 degrees awarded). There were 2.9 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (232 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Gardner-Webb University is Registered Nursing (78 degrees awarded), followed by Community Psychology (44 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (41 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Gardner-Webb University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (313 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), and Theology (22 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Gardner-Webb University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,863,876 people), Secondary school teachers (427,862 people), Education administrators (317,252 people), Postsecondary teachers (226,914 people), and Other managers (197,656 people).

The most specialized majors at Gardner-Webb University are Education (313 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), Theology (22 degrees), Psychology (71 degrees), and English (20 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Gardner-Webb University are Surgeons, Aerospace engineers, Physicians, Podiatrists, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Gardner-Webb University are Education (313 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), Theology (22 degrees), Psychology (71 degrees), and English (20 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Gardner-Webb University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,121,557 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (488,615 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (298,431 people), Religious organizations (187,567 people), and Individual & family services (180,392 people).

The most specialized majors at Gardner-Webb University are Education (313 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), Theology (22 degrees), Psychology (71 degrees), and English (20 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Gardner-Webb University.
Most Common
  1. 78 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 44 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 41 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Gardner-Webb University was Registered Nursing with 78 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

311
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
773
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 311 degrees were awarded to men at Gardner-Webb University, which is 0.402 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (773).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 71 degrees were awarded to men at Gardner-Webb University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.31 times more than the 54 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 177 degrees were awarded to women at Gardner-Webb University in General Educational Leadership & Administration, which is 4.32 times more than the 41 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%
100% Completion Time
53%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 44% of students graduating from Gardner-Webb University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 53% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 53% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Gardner-Webb University is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 10.8% of graduates (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    672 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    232 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    108 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Gardner-Webb University is white (672 degrees awarded). There were 2.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (232 degrees).

9.96% of degree recipients (108 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    475 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    197 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    178 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Gardner-Webb University is white female (475 degrees awarded). There were 2.41 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (197 degrees).

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Operations

Gardner-Webb University has an endowment valued at nearly $66M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−7.46%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Gardner-Webb University had a total salary expenditure of $65.4M. Gardner-Webb University employs 57 Professors, 46 Assistant professors, and 27 Associate professors. Most academics at Gardner-Webb University are Male Professors (36), Female Assistant professors(32), and Female Professors (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Gardner-Webb University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 117 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 64 employees, and Management with 50 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$66M
2020 Endowment
6.47%
decline from 2019

Gardner-Webb University has an endowment valued at about $66M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Gardner-Webb University declined 6.47% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $236M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.44M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Gardner-Webb University received $2.44M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$27.3M
2020 Salaries
0.134%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Gardner-Webb University paid a median of $27.3M in salaries, which represents 41.8% of their overall expenditure ($65.4M) and a 0.134% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5% decline from 2018 and a 8.48% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.54M
Instructional Salaries
149
Number of Employees

In 2020, Gardner-Webb University paid a total of $9.54M to 149 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
57 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
117 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Gardner-Webb University were Professor with 57 employees; Assistant professor with 46 employees; and Assistant professor with 27 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Gardner-Webb University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 117 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 64 employees; and Management with 50 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Gardner-Webb University was Male Professor with 36 employees, Female Assistant professor with 32 employees, and Female Professor with 21 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Gardner-Webb University.

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