Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews 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 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.
Wingate University is listed sixth among Best Value colleges and universities in the South based on quality and net cost according to the recently released ranking of the nation's top schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Best Colleges. Wingate student athletes compete in 20 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six 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.
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