WU Facts


Quick Facts
  • Wingate University, ranked as the 10th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • More than 3,000 students on three campuses
  • Comprehensive, co-educational
  • Bachelor’s degrees – Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • 35 undergraduate majors
  • Most popular programs of study: pre-pharmacy, pre-PA, business management, communication studies, elementary education, nursing, sport management, athletic training
  • 37 minors & numerous pre-professional programs
  • Master’s degrees - Business, Education, Sport Management, Physician Assistant Studies, Accounting
  • Doctorate degrees -  Pharmacy, Education and Physical Therapy
  • Offers international study opportunities
  • Student to faculty ratio: 14:1


  • 22 NCAA Division II teams
  • Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, swimming & diving, track and field 
  • Women’s teams: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, track and field 


  • Main campus (400 acres): Wingate, N.C.; 30 miles southeast of Charlotte, N.C.
  • Wingate University Ballantyne: Charlotte, N.C. (Adult Bachelor Degree Completion, MBA, Graduate Education Master of Arts in Sport Management and Continuing Education)
  • Wingate University Hendersonville: Hendersonville, N.C. (Pharmacy, PA Studies and MBA)

Achievements and Awards

  • Wingate University is listed 10th among Best Value colleges and universities in the South based on quality and net cost according to the ranking of the nation’s top schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges
  • Wingate is the only school in North Carolina and one of only 17 in the nation to score an "A" (highest awarded) rating on its core curriculum based on a survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni
  • South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award (2007-2014)
  • Wingate University is ranked number three among NCAA Division II Academic All-America® producing schools during this millennium.
  • Wingate University School of Pharmacy graduates scored above the state and national average on licensing exams in 2013.
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Wingate University was recognized as one of America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities in 2010-2011.
  • Athletic Training Staff of the Year for 2009/2010 by South Atlantic Conference
  • Winner of the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence (2011)
  • Speakers who have visited: Condoleezza Rice, T. Boone Pickens, Margaret Thatcher, the Dalai Lama, Senator Robert Dole, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Garrison Keillor
  • Notable alumni:

             Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar 
             Anthony Dean Griffey, four -time Grammy Award winning singer w/ Metropolitan Opera 
             Allen Thomas, Director of Conditioning, Chicago White Sox
          Lorinza “Junior” Harrington, former NBA player
             David Jones, former NFL
          Patrik Bass, senior books editor, Essence Magazine
          Edward Walker, interior designer from “Trading Spaces”
          Ann Hancock, Head Women’s Basketball coach, Wingate University
          Eric Powell, Mississippi state senator


Residence halls
Residence halls include Alumni, Cannon, Helms, FDA, South Village, Watson, University Place Apartments, Beam Hall and JM Smith Hall.

About President Dr. Jerry McGee

Dr. Jerry McGee, a native of Rockingham, North Carolina, received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University. He also holds a Masters degree from Appalachian State University and a Doctorate from Nova University. He has enjoyed much success during his more than 35 years in higher education and has been at Wingate since 1992.  This year marks his 20th anniversary with the University. During his Presidency, Wingate has developed graduate programs, achieved University status, began a School of Pharmacy, doubled its enrollment and became a Doctoral granting institution.

One of his more interesting hobbies has been refereeing major college football games.  He officiated 400 college games over the past 36 years. 

Dr. McGee was inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dr. McGee has also found time to be actively involved in the community.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Affiliate of Fifth Third Bank, the Wilma McCurdy Trust and the McSwain Foundation.  He also is a past district governor of Civitan International. He served as a member of the NCAA Presidents Council and twice served as the National Chairman of the Football Issues Committee for NCAA Division II.  He served as Chairman of Union County’s Economic Development program and as Chairman of the Presidents’ Council of the South Atlantic Conference.  Currently, he is chair of the Presidents' Council of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.  In 2008 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of East Carolina. 

He has completed two books, The Sitting and Talking Place and Roberdell – A Village of Grace. In 2006 Dr. McGee received North Carolina’s highest civilian honor – The Order of the Long Leaf Pine – in recognition of his extraordinary service to the state. The Charlotte Observer recently recognized him as a leader in the community.