Catawba College

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2300 W. Innes Street

Salisbury, NC 28144

Phone: (704) 637-4111
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#17 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Catawba College is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,279, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 276 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Catawba College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 17. Its tuition and fees are $26,820 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The vitality of Catawba College lies in its tradition of strong academic programs blending the liberal arts and professional education; sensitive, concerned, but demanding, faculty who seek to engage students intellectually and socially; diverse students who share a seriousness of purpose; successful, loyal graduates and informed, committed trustees.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $43,169,534


When applying to Catawba College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Catawba College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 44.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 44.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Catawba College is 15:1, and the school has 66.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Catawba College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 37%
Education 20%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 7%
Social Sciences 4%

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Student Life

Catawba College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,279, with a gender distribution of 48.3 percent male students and 51.7 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Catawba College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,293
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Catawba College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Catawba College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Catawba College, 68 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Catawba College.

Students who have cars on campus 68%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Catawba College, 83.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,225.

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Tuition and fees $26,820 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,410 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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