Wingate University

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Wingate University
Motto Faith, Knowledge, Service
Established 1896
Type Private
Endowment $28.5 million (2012)[1]
President Rhett Brown
Academic staff
130, 90% professors with doctorates
Students 2,700
Location Wingate, North Carolina, U.S.
Colors Navy blue and vegas gold
Athletics NCAA Division II
Nickname Bulldogs
Mascot Bulldogs
Blue wordmark small.jpg

Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 3,000 on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, in North Carolina, United States. It was founded by Baptists in 1896 as Wingate School, an independent, co-educational institution and became a four-year college in 1977. In 1996, Wingate College became Wingate University.

The university offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, nine pre-professional programs, master's degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education.

Wingate University is consistently listed among Best Value colleges and universities in the South based on quality and net cost according to 'U.S. News & World Report's . [2] Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past nine years.

Wingate University's main campus is located in Union County, North Carolina on a 400-acre (1.6 km2) campus 30 miles east of Charlotte. A high percentage of students (85%) live on campus all four years.


Wingate University has offered an international study-tour program called W'International since 1978. After attending a one-hour seminar once a week during the regular semester, students travel to their chosen destination with the faculty member after classes end.[3]


Athletic logo.

In addition to academics, Wingate student-athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. These sports include: baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, men's and women's lacrosse, football and volleyball. Wingate's mascot is the Bulldog.

Additionally, Wingate University was awarded the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence in 2011, recognizing its long-running Union County Special Olympics Swimming venue.

Wingate University is ranked first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America producing schools for having 77 Academic All-America student-athletes since January 2000.[citation needed]

Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Excellence Award for the past nine years. The South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award is presented annually to the member athletic department that earns the highest overall finish based on final regular season standings. Points are based on final tournament standings in the sports of men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s golf and women’s golf. The trophy is presented at the SAC Annual Business Meeting at the conclusion of each school year.

Wingate also offers several intramural leagues and tournaments during the school year. Intramural leagues are formed in flag football, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball and soccer. Tournaments are held in billiards, racquetball, sand volleyball and softball, as well as a Punt, Pass, and Kick competition.

Notable alumni[edit]

  1. John Bowman, Grey Cup champion CFL football player
  2. David Jones, NFL football player
  3. Anthony Dean Griffey, four-time Grammy Award-winning singer with the Metropolitan Opera
  4. Leon Levine, founder, Family Dollar retail stores
  5. • Allen Thomas, director of conditioning, Chicago White Sox
  6. • Patrik Henry Bass, editorial projects director, Essence Magazine
  7. Lorinza “Junior” Harrington, former National Basketball Association player
  8. Jesse Helms, former Republican U.S. Senator
  9. Rohit Gupta, film director
  10. Luke Mulholland, Major League Soccer player


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