Overview of Catawba College
Private, coeducational, residential, institution offering career preparation grounded in the liberal arts tradition. We offer over 70 academic fields of study including strong science and pre-professional programs. Member of The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). (Public Disclosure - PDF)
United Church of Christ
Catawba College was featured in
the October 2016 issue of
Our State Magazine.
Catawba College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelors and masters degrees.
Our campus celebrates diversity and inclusion and is committed to non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of our campus life. Read Catawba's non-discrimination policy.
1325 students from 33 U.S. states and 16 foreign countries
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80 full-time faculty, more than 83% of whom hold the highest degrees in their fields
Approximately 83% of first-year students live on campus
Salisbury, N.C., a historic Southern city (pop. 33,640) located 45 minutes from the greater Charlotte area, Greensboro and Winston-Salem and two hours from the mountains and four hours from the beaches
"Great College with high level education, staff that cares for your individual growth and great sports and theater. I definitely recommend!" - J. Sokolowska
"Can't speak highly enough about Catawba..." - K. Smith
"If you are looking for a great education/ lasting friendships and a wonderful college experience Catawba is the place to be!" - C. M. Lee
Over 70 academic fields of study, plus the option of creating your own individualized major.
Annual Tuition and Fees:
+ Parking Fee
+ Health Insurance (required for all full-time day students)
- FRESHMAN RETREAT: $150 (billed in freshman fall semester)
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Clubs & Organizations:
Over 47 student groups, including honor societies and special interest clubs
Activities & Traditions:
Homecoming, Catawba Late Nights, CatawbaPalooza, Family Weekend, Wigwam Productions (campus entertainment events), College Marshal's Walk, Service of Lessons and Carols, Catawba House of Pancakes, volunteer/service projects, and much more
According to a survey of 2017 graduates, 96% were employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months following graduation. (Catawba College follows the National Association of Colleges and Employers First Destination Reporting Protocols to achieve this 74% knowledge rate.)
78% of graduates are employed
18% of graduates are enrolled in graduate school
Our graduates are attending graduate school at institutions such as Elon University School of Law, North Carolina State University, UNC-Charlotte, University of Georgia, and University of South Carolina.
Our graduates are employed by companies such as Ernst & Young, Lowes Corporate Headquarters, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, The Walt Disney Company, and the State of North Carolina, Office of the Lt. Governor.
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History and Campus:
Established in 1851, Catawba College is the sixth-oldest college in North Carolina. It is a private, coeducational college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It has deliberately chosen to remain a four-year regional college rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Its purpose is to enrich the educational experiences of students and to prepare these students for productive and meaningful lives of purpose following their graduation.
Catawba's campus is located in the historic piedmont city of Salisbury and includes 41 buildings on 276 acres. It is a beautiful blend of neogothic architecture set on a shaded hillside adjacent to its own ecological preserve. Centrally located, it is only two hours away from the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina and four hours away from some of the best beaches on the Atlantic Coast.
A strong sense of community is fostered at Catawba. Caring and engaged faculty challenge and support new students making the academic transition from high school to college.
Catawba offers over 70 different fields of study; undergraduate degrees including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science; along with a graduate degree, Master of Education. While course work is demanding, Catawba effectively prepares students to both ponder the meaning of vocation within a liberal arts context and to ultimately pursue meaningful careers or graduate studies.
Most disciplines on campus encourage internship opportunities for students to enrich and supplement their classroom experiences. These internships range from semester-long positions with area businesses, corporations, or governmental agencies to paid summer positions in various industries, including entertainment, medicine, travel, and tourism.
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NCAA Division II–South Atlantic Conference:
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