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Rankings & Recognitions

rankedhigher.jpg"We're very proud to be ranked as one of the best colleges of our type in the nation."  - President Brien Lewis


In fact, Catawba was ranked higher in both of the latest U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" and Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" guides.

View our current college rankings below:


U.S. News & World Report 's Best Colleges

Catawba College maintains its #4 position among the Best Regional Colleges in the South, according to the 2018 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report.


The Princeton Review 's Best Colleges

Catawba College is ranked 17th in the nation for "Best College Theater" according to the Princeton Review's 2018 edition of "The Best 382 Colleges."  Catawba is also cited as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.


Forbes' America's Top Colleges

Catawba is once again listed among the North Carolina public and private institutions included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges 2016,"  on their list of the 660 best undergraduate colleges. This is the sixth consecutive year that Catawba has been named a top college by Forbes.


Affordable Colleges Online's High ROI Colleges

Catawba is ranked among North Carolina's Highest Return on Investment Colleges, according to Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online). Catawba ranked 15 of 35 N.C. colleges that show "consistent payoffs in the workplace" and ranked as a top college in North Carolina "with low net costs (tuition and fees), and whose graduates earn top dollar over their lifetimes when compared with non-degree holders."


Forbes' Grateful Grads Index

For five years running, Catawba is one of only four institutions in North Carolina making  the Top 100 list in Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index 2017. The other NC institutions were Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Davidson College. The Index ranks the best long-term value, or return-on-investment (ROI) of the top private, not-for profit colleges enrolling more than 1,000 students.


N.C.'s Best Value Colleges

Catawba is ranked 6th among private colleges in N.C. as one of the 30 best value colleges and universities in the state in 2015 by Online Communications' 


Colleges of Distinction

Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Catawba College earned the school recognition among the nation's Colleges of Distinction. Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, Catawba College has also been honored for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in Business and Education.


N.C.'s Safest Colleges

Catawba was cited among the "Safest Colleges in North Carolina" in 2016. The ranking was included as part of the annual report, which includes the safest campuses in the state.


The Princeton Review's "Best College Theater"

Catawba is ranked 17th on the 2018 list for "Best College Theater" according to The Princeton Review in its annual college guide of "The Best 382 Colleges."


Best Music Schools

Again this year, Catawba has been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools  for 2017.

We are also ranked #2 among the Top Colleges for Music Majors in N.C. by Zippia.


Top Colleges for Biology Majors

Catawba was ranked 6th among the Top Colleges for Biology Majors in North Carolina, according to Zippia.


Best Psychology Degrees

Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small colleges for a psychology degree in the U.S. by Best Psychology Degrees.


Most Affordable Sports Management Degrees

Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small southern colleges for a Sports Management degree in the U.S. by


Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree

Catawba was named as one of the 20 Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree in 2016-2017. Catawba ranks 8th on the list of the 20 institutions cited by Best Value Schools.


The Princeton Review's Green Colleges

Catawba is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. Catawba was named again to The Princeton Review's 2017 Green Colleges.


Washington Monthly's College Guide and Rankings

Washington Monthly magazine released its 2017 College Guide and Rankings in August and Catawba College is included in that publication's baccalaureate college rankings. Catawba is one of the institutions the magazine cites as delivering the "Best Bang for the Buck."


Creative Colleges

In the 2017 edition of "Creative Colleges," Catawba College is again included as one of the college options for all arts majors across the board. This guidebook contends that students are 100% unique, and their college should be too.


I'm First Partner

Catawba joined the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity's (CSO) growing community of nearly 200 College Partners as a commitment to supporting first-generation college students on campus.