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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C
Catawba is a private college located in Salisbury, North Carolina in the Greensboro Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,229 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Catawba acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Business, Kindergarten and Preschool Education, and Music History and Literature. Graduating 46% of students, Catawba alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,300.
2300 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC 28144
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
South Atlantic Conference

Catawba College Rankings

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Catawba Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
910-1140
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,609/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,538/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.23 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.23 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    12%
  • On Campus
    88%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,229Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
60
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
39%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
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  • The ambitious vs those who hinder the ambitious
    62%
  • focussed and family style
    15%
  • Laid Back
    15%
  • Outgoing
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
48%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Focused on Community and Familial feeling
    57%
  • Home away from home
    14%
  • One of the top 20 Theatre schools in the nation
    14%
  • One of the top 10 Theatre schools in the nation
    7%
  • Underrated
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses
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My experience at Catawba College was my best experience out of all the other schools I have been to. Better than all the D1, D2, D3, and NAIA schools. The campus was beautiful and well kept. Everybody welcomed me in as I walked into the admissions office, even the swim coach came to welcome me in and it wasn't even an unofficial or official visit. Everyone around the campus would wave or say hello no matter what they were doing. And the whole college overall just had a great vibe to it and made me feel like I was at home. I can't wait for this upcoming semester to get the next chapter of my life the right way, as an Indian!
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Safe environment, pretty architecture, culture not 2 liberal or conservative.Small & welcoming.Professors always willing 2 help.Good food.Good variety of clubs & events.Only NC college offering the major I want & the curriculum 4 my minor seems promising.Close 2 downtown with theatres, art galleries, museums, thrift stores & parks.Not 2 far from Charlotte & has a train station close.Still, I'm glad I transferred from a CC because it would get boring if I was here 4 years & it's really expensive. If I wasn’t a trust fund kid, Idk if it’d be worth it. But I like how transparent they were about their requirements, that they had a counselor who made the process go smoothly & that they accepted all of my credits (transfers with associate degrees from NC CC's automatically fulfill gen ed requirements).Housing 4 transfers. Ranked high by esteemed publications & more selective with their acceptance rate than most NC colleges which makes them more impressive 2 potential employers.
I like Catawba College because I know that my wellbeing and education are always put first. My professors always make time to help me and challenge me to be my best academic self, while also encouraging me to help others and make a positive change in my community. My friends and classmates are reliable and I know I can always count on them when I have a question or need guidance. I also love the beautiful scenery and naturally aesthetic atmosphere that Catawba has to offer, allowing me to feel relaxed and right at home.