Quick Facts


  • 35 undergraduate majors, 10 pre-professional programs and 38 minors
  • Most popular undergraduate majors: nursing, biology, psychology, management, sport management, human services and criminal justice
  • 5 types of bachelor’s degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • 3 add-on licensure programs in the field of education
  • 6 master’s degree programs: accounting, business, education, teaching, physician assistant studies and sport management
  • 3 doctoral degree programs: education, pharmacy and physical therapy
  • Nearly one-in-five Wingate undergraduate students is preparing to be a pharmacist, physician assistant, physical therapist or nurse
  • 65% of graduate students are enrolled in health sciences: pharmacy, physical therapy or physician assistant studies


  • Approximately 3,600 students on three campuses
  • 72% of students are pursuing undergraduate degrees, 28% of are enrolled in master’s or doctoral level programs
  • 13% increase in enrollment in 2017 and 37% growth over five years – a big step toward the goal of becoming a 4,000-6,000 student university

History, locations and administration

  • Founded in 1896
  • Motto: Faith, Knowledge, Service
  • Locations: Wingate, N.C., south Charlotte, N.C.(Ballantyne), Hendersonville, N.C.
  • President: Rhett Brown
  • Board of Trustees Chair: Joe Patterson
  • Endowment: $90.4 million
  • More than 325 endowed scholarships
  • 188 full-time faculty and 129 adjunct part-time faculty; 87 percent of full-time faculty have terminal degrees
  • 280 full-time staff members and 44 part-time staff
  • 53 graduate assistants
  • 600-plus student workers

Achievements and Awards

  • For five consecutive years, in the top 20 of U.S. News & World Report’s “best value” ranking of universities in the 12-state South region
  • Named a “Great College to Work For” in 2016 by The Chronicle for Higher Education and voted a Charlotte-area “Top Workplace” in 2016 and 2017 by The Charlotte Observer
  • Won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award 13 years in a row
  • Highest number of Academic All-America® honorees in North Carolina, more than Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2000, Wingate’s number of Academic All-America athletes is the highest in the nation among NCAA Division II schools
  • Won United Way’s Spirit of North Carolina Award in 2017 and 2018


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Campus Life

  • About 53 percent of eligible juniors study abroad via W’International, our signature low-cost seminar that couples a semester-long class with a 10-day overseas excursion

  • More than 100 registered student organizations, including sororities, fraternities, academic clubs, honor societies, service organizations, intramural sports and student government

  • About 73% of undergraduate students live on campus


  • 22 NCAA Division II sports
  • 11 women’s sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, track and field, indoor track and field
  • 11 men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, indoor track and field
  • Winner of the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past 13 years
  • First among NCAA Division II Academic All-America-producing colleges in the 2000's with 105 selections
  • Tops among all SAC schools with 114 lifetime Academic All-America picks
  • All-time leader in SAC championships
  • All-time leader in SAC Excellence Cups
  • All-time leader in SAC Scholar-Athletes
  • All-time leader in SAC President’s Award winners
  • All-time leader in SAC Players of the Year
  • 403 NCAA Division II All-Americans
  • 40 Individual NCAA National Champions
  • Men’s Soccer 2016 NCAA National Champions
  • Nickname: Bulldogs


Wingate University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate 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 Wingate University.