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
2016-2017 Academic Year
80 full-time faculty
65 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio
84% of first year students live on campus
60% of all students live on campus
Catawba College is located in the temperate, four-season climate of the North Carolina Piedmont in historic Salisbury, a city of approximately 34,000 people. Great restaurants and entertainment venues downtown are less than three miles from campus. Catawba College is also a one-hour drive from the greater Charlotte area and from the metropolitan cities of Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Drive an additional hour or two and reach the state’s Blue Ridge Mountains or coastal beaches.
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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
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016
|Black or African American||19%|
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|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||3%|
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Catawba College Athletics fields 20 NCAA Division II varsity teams and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). More than 40% of the student body participates in one or more of these collegiate sports. Offerings include:
Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Developmental Basketball
Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Developmental Soccer
Many students come to Catawba because of their desire to participate in the sport they played in high school. Due to this high demand, a developmental men’s basketball and women’s soccer teams have been added to give more advanced players an opportunity to play popular sports at the collegiate level. The College also offers co-ed Cheerleading and Dance teams. The school’s colors are blue and white; there is no mascot. The athletic teams are called the Catawba College Indians, with the approval of the Catawba Indian Nation and the NCAA.
Catawba is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges. Its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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
2017 U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges” - 4th among Regional Colleges - South
2017 Princeton Review's “The Best 381 Colleges” + “Best College Theatre”
2017 “Creative Colleges”
2017 In Tune Magazine's Best Music Schools
2016 Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges”
2016 Princeton Review's “Green Colleges”
2016 Forbes’ Grateful Grads Index
Catawba is committed to providing opportunities for global education. This is achieved by its partnership with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Through Catawba’s membership in USAC, students have access to over 40 semester or summer abroad destinations. The College also provides opportunities for students to take course work with shorter opportunities to travel abroad with their faculty and classmates over fall or spring break.
Students across academic disciplines look forward to the opportunity to share their research each spring during an on-campus, interdisciplinary Catawba Research and Creativity Showcase. They are also encouraged by faculty to present their scholarly research at state, regional, and national academic and professional conferences.
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The First-Year Summer Retreat and the First-Year Seminar comprise Catawba’s First-Year Experience. Through the Retreat, incoming students have the opportunity to make new friends and engage with faculty and staff. During this three-day, off-campus experience, students learn about the history of Catawba and its culture. This shared experience helps provide a smooth transition into college life and assures students a social network when they arrive on campus.
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Regardless of a student’s academic interest, a Catawba education is defined by excellent professional and pre-professional programs that blend the competencies of the liberal arts, such as critical thinking, strong written and oral communications, analytical problem-solving, and working in diverse teams. The Catawba faculty are committed to infusing all classes with experiences that give students the opportunity to develop and hone these skills throughout their undergraduate career.
Catawba Honors students enhance their writing skills and prepare for graduate-level education by completing a faculty-mentored undergraduate thesis, which they must defend to graduate with honors.
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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
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Catawba students have access to many on-campus activities outside of the classroom, including the student-run Wigwam Productions, which hosts events with hypnotists, comedians, laser tag, and cookouts. Theatre productions, concerts, lectures, and symposiums are all free to students, and their participation is encouraged.
Opening Convocation is an annual tradition at Catawba at which each incoming student signs a college register and makes a commitment to uphold the institutional honor code.
Catawbapalooza is an annual and much-anticipated tradition on campus. This weeklong spring celebration includes such activities as a lip sync competition and a luau, culminating in an all-day carnival that rivals the finale of “Grease.”
Tailgating at home football games is also a big part of Catawba’s culture and provides a great opportunity for current students, alumni, and Salisbury residents to engage in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. For many, this involves a grill and a cornhole board.
As part of Catawba’s annual graduation activities, the Marshal’s Walk is a symbolic conclusion to their time at College. Following Baccalaureate Service, members of the graduating class carry lit candles out of the Chapel through a gathering of faculty, family, and friends. After hearing remarks from the incoming SGA President, the Senior Class President, and the College Marshal, students blow out their candles.
Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates
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Catawba College and the City of Salisbury enjoy a strong relationship that includes collaborations with local theatrical and musical venues, partnerships with local non-profit service organizations, and internship opportunities at local businesses and government entities. Some examples include student-organized dances and proms for local elderly and special needs populations, conducting student research to identify local strains of yeast for a microbrewery, market research for downtown businesses, and a partnership between the Catawba Worship Arts program and local churches of various denominations.
The Catawba College to Career (C2C) program is an opportunity offered to students in their sophomore year. This program allows students to take the FOCUS 2 assessment, which provides information about the student’s personality, interests, and preferred work environments. This assessment provides the student with a list of potential career paths and marries those options to best-fit majors to prepare the student for that field. Students meet one-on-one with a Career Counselor to review their results, exploring information from the US Department of Labor that gives the student a 10-year outlook for their recommended careers and salary expectations. C2C Career Counselors also work with students to develop a resume to highlight their particular strengths and help students develop a plan to enhance areas identified as opportunities for growth.
Career Services also provides an array of offerings to Catawba students, which include mock interview opportunities, etiquette dinners, resume support, career fairs, graduate school fairs, and assistance with internship placement.
The Lilly Center for Vocation and Values houses the Volunteer Catawba program. The Lilly Center provides leadership retreats and programming that encourages Catawba students to find their passion and explore how they can live lives of meaning through work and service to others.
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
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2016
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|SAT Critical Reading||420||550|
Admission to Catawba is rolling; however, students interested in departmental scholarships for Business, Accounting, Education, and Environmental majors should apply prior to November 1st. There is no application fee, and applications can be sent through www.catawba.edu/apply.
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2017-2018
|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
The Office of Financial Aid encourages students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 of their senior year to be considered for all need-based federal and state financial aid. The priority deadline to file the FAFSA is March 15.