Students at Gardner-Webb are involved in a multitude of ways – from being a member of multiple clubs, serving in leadership positions, or attending events, there is no shortage of things to do. Plus, getting involved is easy when you have over 60 clubs and organizations eager for you to join! At the beginning of every year, GWU hosts the “Connect Fair” for on-and-off campus clubs, organizations, churches, and other resources so that new and returning students can discover what there is to be involved in. Keep reading for all of the ways that you can get involved in the Gardner-Webb community.
Clubs on campus can be broken up into seven main categories: Student Government, Academic, Athletic, Governmental/Political, Performance, Student Interest, and Religious. When we say that there is a club for almost every interest you can think of, we aren’t making it up. From Release the Captives, which raises awareness for local and international non-profits fighting human trafficking to the Table Tennis Club – you’ll find a group of like-minded folks no matter what you’re interested in. And of course, you can be a member of multiple clubs! Many students participate in two or three, even four, depending on the level of activity and involvement required. At GWU, it’s easy to be immersed in the community and serve in multiple roles.
Joining a club is a great way to build relationships, pursue leadership opportunities, and participate in activities that enhance the college experience. For a full list of clubs on campus, click here.
Academic Honors Societies
In high school, you may have been a member of the National Honors Society, FFA, FBLA, or similar organization. At GWU, we offer 12 different chapters of nationally recognized honors societies for disciplines ranging from Communications and Political Science to Biology, Nursing, and Psychology.
Each honors society hosts its own events throughout the semester and participates in a variety of service projects in the community. This is a great way to build relationships with the other students in your major while building leadership skills in a specific discipline. For a full list and description of each honors society offered, click here.
One of the easiest ways to get involved on campus is by attending the events that Student Activities organizes. Each week, you'll receive an email with a newsletter titled "Paw Prints." This describes all of the events, activities, and trips happening that week with important information about location, time, and cost. Most events are free or offered at a significantly reduced cost. You can also download the Student Life app, which gives you detailed information about each event such as cost, date, and anything else you’d need to know. Favorite events among students are:
- Free Movies and Bowling at the Big E
- Candy and Critters
- Skate Night
- Pancake Bingo
- Open Mic Night
- Movies on the Quad
- Trips to see an Atlanta Braves game, a Charlotte Hornets game, a Swamp Rabbit Hockey game, and more.
Finding ways to spend your time outside of studying and attending class is important to have a fantastic college experience. With all of the clubs, organizations, and things to do on campus, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved. At GWU, you are part of a community whose faith is deep and care for each other long!