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a female college student and the Wingate mascot standing back to backWingate University is a private, comprehensive liberal arts university that blends in-class learning with out-of-class application to deliver a life-changing experience.


  • Nearly 3,200 students on three campuses
  • 65% of students are pursuing undergraduate degrees, 35% are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral-level program
  • 20% increase in enrollment in past 5 years. Since 2012, a 27% increase in the number of graduate students and 18% increase in undergraduate enrollment.


History, locations, administration

  • Founded in 1896
  • Motto: Faith, Knowledge, Service
  • Locations: Wingate, North Carolina; south Charlotte (Ballantyne); Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • President: Dr. T. Rhett Brown
  • Board of Trustees Chair: Luther Moore
  • Endowment: $47.6 million
  • More than 300 endowed scholarships
  • 180 full-time faculty and 117 adjunct part-time faculty. 92% hold terminal degrees.
  • 266 full-time staff members and 30 part-time staff

Campus Life


  • 20 NCAA Division II Wingate University sports teams
    • Baseball (men’s)
    • Basketball (men’s and women’s)
    • Cross-country (men’s and women’s)
    • Football (men’s)
    • Golf (men’s and women’s)
    • Lacrosse (men’s and women’s)
    • Soccer (men’s and women’s)
    • Softball (women’s)
    • Swimming and diving (men’s and women’s)
    • Tennis (men’s and women’s)
    • Track and field (men’s and women’s)
    • Volleyball (women’s)
  • 26% of undergraduate students play on NCAA teams
  • Nickname: Bulldogs
  • School colors: Navy blue and Vegas gold

 Achievements and Awards

Wingate University has been recognized for academics, service and other achievements, including:

  • Consistently ranked as a top-ten “Best Value in the South” by U.S. News & World Report, based on quality of the academic program and net cost. In this category, Wingate outranks all other public and private regional universities in North Carolina.
  • Eleven-time winner of South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award (2007-2017)
  • Ranked #1 among NCAA Division II Academic All-America®-producing schools since 2000
  • Leads the South Atlantic Conference in the number of scholar-athlete award winners, honoring student-athletes who excel in their sport and in the classroom while also participating in community service.
  • NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence (2011)
  • One of America’s top Military-Friendly® Schools in ratings by Victory Media
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Athletic Training Staff of the Year for 2009-2010 by the South Atlantic Conference
  • Named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle for Higher Education  in 2016
  • Voted a Charlotte-area “Top Workplace” in 2015 by The Charlotte Observer

Notable Alumni

A number of notables in the worlds of business, entertainment, sports and politics have earned their degrees from Wingate University. We’re proud of:

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Updated Nov. 14, 2016