Wingate University
MottoFaith, Knowledge, Service
Endowment$90 million[1]
PresidentDr. Rhett Brown
ProvostDr. Jeff Frederick
Academic staff
180, 86% professors with terminal degrees
Location, ,
United States

34°59′10″N 80°26′39″W / 34.98611°N 80.44417°W / 34.98611; -80.44417Coordinates: 34°59′10″N 80°26′39″W / 34.98611°N 80.44417°W / 34.98611; -80.44417
ColorsBlue and Gold
AthleticsNCAA Division II
MascotVictor E. Bulldog

Wingate University is a private "Judeo-Christian"[2] university with campuses in Wingate, Charlotte, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. It was founded in 1896.


In 1896, Wingate University began as The Wingate School, a primary and secondary institution founded by the Baptist Associations of Union County, North Carolina and Chesterfield County, South Carolina in response to a dearth of locally-available public schools. The school took its name from Dr. Washington Manly Wingate, a former president of Wake Forest College. Following a 2021 decision by Wake Forest University to rename part of its Wait Chapel from Wingate Hall to May 7, 1860 Hall, Wingate University publicly acknowledged Washington Wingate's history as a slaveowner and began efforts to acknowledge their namesake's troubled history.[3]

The Wingate School initially offered a primary and secondary education and continued to do so until the proliferation of public schools in the early 20th century. In 1923, the school began offering the first two years of a baccalaureate education and became Wingate Junior College. The years leading to World War II were difficult for the institution. Though it began receiving financial support from The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina soon after becoming a college, this support was withdrawn during The Great Depression. It was also during this period, in 1932, that the college's administration building was destroyed by fire. The college survived, however, as a result of the work of its administration, faculty, and supporters as well as the post-WWII college enrollment boom. The Baptist State Convention resumed financial support in 1949, and Charles Cannon, a local businessman and philanthropist, began making substantial donations to the college beginning in the 1950s.

In 1952, Wingate Junior College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and in 1977, became a four-year institution, Wingate College. The college continued to grow, especially under the leadership of Jerry McGee, added graduate programs, and became Wingate University in 1995.[4]


Wingate offers 35 undergraduate majors, 10 pre-professional programs and 38 minors. The university offers five types of bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Three add-on licensure programs in the field of education are available as are six master’s degree programs: accounting, business, education, teaching, physician assistant studies and sport management. Wingate offers four doctoral degree programs: education, pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. One-in-five Wingate undergraduate students is preparing to be a pharmacist, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist or nurse and 65 percent of graduate students are enrolled in health sciences.


The Wingate University School of Pharmacy is a pharmacy school located in Wingate, North Carolina. The school, part of Wingate University, offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D) and is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.[5] As of 2017, tied with 6 other programs, it was ranked #81 among pharmacy colleges in the US.[6]

Study abroad

Started in 1978, the university's W'International program allows eligible juniors to take a two-credit-hour seminar, which ends with a 10-day travel experience for $1,500 or less. Wingate also offers language-immersion summer programs in Costa Rica and Quebec.[7]


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.

In 2016, the men's soccer team won the school's first team national championship, by defeating University of Charleston 2-0 in the national title game in Kansas City, Missouri.[8]

Notable alumni

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  2. ^ "Our Mission". Wingate University. Wingate University. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Special Message". Wingate University. May 7, 2021. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Martin, Jonathan. "'Wingate University'". North Carolina History Project. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Wingate University School of Pharmacy".
  6. ^ U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Pharmacy Programs | US News Rankings Page accessed 11 November 2017
  7. ^ "Wingate International Studies".
  8. ^ Team National Champions - Wingate University Athletics. Retrieved Aug 15, 2020.
  9. ^ Sean Barnette (2018) - - Wingate University Athletics. Retrieved Aug 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Dick F. Elliott - Costal Carolina University. Retrieved Aug 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Richard Lindsay - West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved Aug 15, 2020
  12. ^ Charlie Machell - Men's Soccer - Wingate University Athletics. Retrieved Aug 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Alvin Morman (1999) - - Wingate University Athletics. Retrieved Aug 15, 2020.