Academic Catalog 2020-2021


Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, Education Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gardner-Webb University. Inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution and not to general admission information.

The University has been approved by the Commission to offer classes online and at the following off-campus locations.

The Academy at Smith
2225 South Holden Road
Greensboro, NC 27407

Alexander Central High School Student Success Center
223 School Dr
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Ashbrook High School
2222 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Catawba Valley Community College Higher Education Center
2760 Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Rd
Durham, NC 27705

East Davidson High School
1408 Lake Road
Thomasville, NC

Fayetteville Christian School
1422 Ireland Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304

Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Gardner-Webb University at Charlotte
8030 Arrowridge Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28273

Gaston College
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034-1499

Mitchell Community College
500 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677

Surry Community College
630 South Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017

Wayne Community College
3000 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Wilkes Community College
1328 South Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Not all programs are available at all sites or by online delivery alone. Check the University's website for details on availability of specific programs at off-campus locations or by online delivery.

In addition, several departmental programs are accredited by the appropriate state or national agencies, as follows.

All School of Education professional programs, bachelor’s-level, and graduate-level licensure programs at Gardner-Webb University are state-approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Following review in April 2019, programs leading to licensure in the School of Education continue to be nationally accredited and in good standing with the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP).

The Music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248).

The Hunt School of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone 404-975-5000, The Associate of Science in Nursing program and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, including the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option, are also approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The M. Christopher White School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275. Phone: 412-788-6505.

The Godbold School of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling graduate programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Gardner-Webb University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The University is authorized by the immigration authorities of the United States for the education of international students.