Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4500) to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Inquiries to the Commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution, and not to general admission information.

The Commission on Colleges, Gardner-Webb University's regional accrediting agency, is recognized and certified by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

SACSCOC Complaint Process and Form

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

  • The Education program is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The Music programs are accredited respectively by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404.975.5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website.
  • The 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. Visit the ATS website.
  • The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. (CAATE).
  • The School of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • The Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
  • The Physician Assistant Studies Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. Phone: 770.476.1224. Visit the ARC-PA site.
  • The Exercise Science program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The University is authorized by the immigration authorities of the United States for the training of foreign students.

Complaints regarding the institution that cannot be resolved at the institutional level, particularly complaints regarding applicable state laws, may be directed to the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

The mailing address of the Consumer Protection Division is

North Carolina Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Division
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001

Online Complaint Form

If the complaint cannot be resolved at the school level through its complaint procedure, and it involves instruction which takes place in the State of South Carolina, students may file a complaint with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.