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In Brief


  • 37 undergraduate majors, 10 pre-professional programs, 41 minors, 5 dual enrollment pathways - totaling 60 different degree pathways.
  • Most popular undergraduate majors: biology, psychology, exercise science, criminal justice and sport management.
  • Five bachelor’s degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • One add-on licensure in the field of education program in the field of education
  • Nine master’s degrees: master of accounting, master of business administration, master of arts in education in elementary education, master of arts in education in educational leadership, master of arts in teaching in elementary education, master of physician assistant studies, master of public health, master of social work and master of sport management
  • Four doctoral degrees: education, pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Nearly one-in-five Wingate undergraduate students is preparing to be a pharmacist, physician assistant, physical therapist or nurse
  • 73% of graduate students are enrolled in health sciences: pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies


  • With more than 3,400 students on two campuses
  • 72% of students are pursuing undergraduate degrees, 28% of are enrolled in master’s or doctoral level programs
  • Overall enrollment has increased by 8% over the past five years. Undergraduate enrollment has increased by 19 percent during this same period.


Our 540+ acre campus has dozens of facilities, residences halls, academic buildings and more. 

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History, locations & administration

  • Founded in 1896
  • Motto: Faith, Knowledge, Service
  • Locations: Wingate, N.C., Hendersonville, N.C.
  • President: Rhett Brown
  • Board of Trustees Chair: Bill Crowder
  • Endowment: $99.1 million
  • More than 317 endowed scholarships
  • 185 full-time faculty and 168 part-time faculty; 90 percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees
  • 310 full-time staff members and 34 part-time staff
  • 49 graduate assistants
  • 600-plus student workers

Achievements and Awards

  • 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 15 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

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 50 registered student organizations, including sororities, fraternities, academic clubs, honor societies, service organizations, intramural sports and student government

  • Nearly 75% of undergraduate students live on campus


  • 25 NCAA Division II sports
  • 14 women’s sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, track and field, indoor track and field, triathlon, and acrobatics and tumbling
  • 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 16 years
  • First among NCAA Division II Academic All-America-producing colleges in the 2000's with 128 selections
  • Tops among all SAC schools with 137 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
  • 704 NCAA Division II All-Americans
  • 47 Individual NCAA National Champions
  • Baseball 2021 NCAA National Champions
  • Men’s Soccer 2016 NCAA National Champions
  • Men's Tennis 1970, 1971 NCJCAA National Champions
  • Nickname: Bulldogs


Wingate University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.  Questions about the accreditation of Wingate University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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