GardnerWebb University (also known as Gardner-Webb, GWU, or GW) is a private, four-year university located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, United States, 40 miles (64km) west of Charlotte. Founded as Boiling Springs High School in 1905 as a Baptist institution, it is currently the youngest North Carolina Baptist university. Gardner-Webb undergraduates receive a liberal arts education in an environment that fosters 'meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge within a diverse community of learning.' The University encourages its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity in an ever-changing global community. Over 4,300 students attend Gardner-Webb, including both undergraduates and graduates. A total of five professional schools, two academic schools, and 11 academic departments offer nearly 60 fields of study, and GWU's online programs have won multiple awards and recognitions.