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Catawba College
Catawba College commits builds leaders of strong character. Encouraging the pursuit of scholarship and...

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

Catawba College commits builds leaders of strong character. Encouraging the pursuit of scholarship and service, the College inspires students with its Judeo-Christian values, strong foundation in the liberal arts, and extraordinary career preparation.

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,276 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
80 full-time faculty
65 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
84% of first year students live on campus
60% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2016

72% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2016

52% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 19%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

Academic Programs

School of Arts & Sciences
Administration of Justice; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Environment & Sustainability (Concentrations in: Environmental & Outdoor Education, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Planning & Leadership); History; Literature; Mathematical Finance; Mathematics; Nursing; Politics (Concentrations in: Pre-Law, Public Administration); Psychology; Religion and Philosophy (Concentrations in: Christian Ministries, Theology and Philosophy); Sociology; Spanish; Writing

School of Business
Accounting; Business Administration (Concentrations in: Accounting, Communication, Economics, Entrepreneurship, General Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing); Communication Arts (Concentrations in: Communication Arts, Sports Communication); Economics and Finance; Integrated Marketing Communication

School of Education
Elementary K-6; Middle School 6-9 (Specializations in: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies); Special Education (Concentrations in: Elementary, Middle & High School Language Arts, Middle & High School Mathematics, Middle & High School Science, Middle & High School Social Studies)
Licensure Programs, Secondary Subjects (9-12): Biology; Chemistry; Comprehensive Science; Comprehensive Social Studies; English; Mathematics
Licensure Programs, Special Subjects (K-12): Music; Health & Physical Education; Spanish; Theatre; Reading (add-on only)
Athletic Training; Exercise Science; Physical Education; Recreation; Sport Management

School of Performing Arts
Music (Concentrations in: Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Popular Music, Sacred Music, Worship Arts); Musical Theatre; Theatre Arts (Specializations in: Theatre Arts, Performance, Design & Production); Theatre Arts Administration; Theatre Arts Education; Therapeutic Recreation

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization  
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook X

Common Core

Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Students must complete 3-6 hours in each of the following Perspective areas: Non -Western, Creative, Interpretive, Historical & Social, Wellness & Literacy, in additional to First year Seminar, First Year Writing, Second Year Writing, Quantitative Literacy, and Foreign Language Competency.

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 138 209 91 12 0 2 0 452


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Admissions Fall 2016

2,528 Total Applicants
1,190 Total Admissions
348 Total Freshmen Enrollment

47.07% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Mar 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Geographical residence

Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Volunteer work
Work experience

Class rank
Application Essay
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
State residency
Religious affiliation/commitment
Racial/ethnic status
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 550
SAT Math 430 540
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 16 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $29,920
Room and Board (on campus) $10,488
Estimated Total On Campus $40,408


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 FINAL

$26,992 First year students
$6,855 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 FINAL

75% on average, the percentage of need that was met
23% of financial need students that had need fully met

$6,855 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,520 Average need-based loan

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