Catawba College campus

Overview

Applicants
3,694
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
3.53

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
First Generation
Geographical Residence

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
143
with Terminal Degree
83

74
Men
69
Women
13
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Management Information Systems, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

This small North Carolinian liberal arts school (associated with the United Church of Christ) offers students a well-rounded liberal arts education, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and classes structured around current events. Preparation for students entering their prospective fields is a focal point, and “professors go out of their way to make sure every student is involved in the learning process.” Strong music, theatre, and environmental science programs are standouts of the seventy available academic fields of study at Catawba, which students say is “a strong community of teachers, faculty, and students with a common goal of excellence in education.” All professors have a genuine passion for their subject matter, “always make sure the students understand the material,” and “enjoy conversing with interested, engaged students both in and out of class.” “Each one was always there when I needed advice or one on one help,” says a student of the faculty, which cultivates a “family-oriented feeling.” Small class sizes allow for close relationships with professors: “I go to class knowing they want me to succeed,” says one student. “The professors at Catawba are fantastic,” says another. “They truly care for your success, not just in the classroom, but in life.” Life at school is “very lively and uplifting,” and Catawba is constantly increasing its offerings to compete with other regional colleges; the school recently added a Winter Term to allow students the option of taking a single class between the fall and spring semesters, often incorporating travel into the curriculum. The buildings are admittedly “getting a little worn down and old,” but renovations and improvements are underway.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Daniel Bross
Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft, Inc.

Patrick McCrory
Governor, North Carolina

Jasika Nicole
Actress, "Fringe"

William L. Swing
Director, Internatiional Organization for Migration

Robert Rathbun
Sportscaster, Fox Sports South

Tom E. Smith
President and CEO, Food Lion, Inc. (Retired)

Jim Tomsula
Coach, San Francisco 49ers

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,725

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,175

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,679

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,132

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,014

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$27,360
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,490

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,309
Out of State
20%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

1.17%
Asian
20.90%
African-American
3.90%
Hispanic
70.67%
Caucasian
2.65%
International

53% female
47% male
20% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Students Say

A great deal of students here are “white, Christian, and southern”, and around 85 percent percent of freshmen live on campus (though many will go on to live nearby as school progresses). There is an “equal mix of religious and sporty” among the roughly 1,300 students, who say that people tend to divide themselves by their primary field of study and “fit into their own groups but socialize outside of them.” Closely related fields also have a tendency to form ties: “Biology and chemistry majors are often easy friends, as are theatre and English majors.” Athletes are extremely well represented among the student population.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

The vibe at Catawba is extremely relaxed (“[the] school is small [so] you’re always on time everywhere”), and the grounds make it evident that “there is time and effort put into this beautiful campus.” The college provides a lot of activities and opportunities for student involvement, and these are well-taken advantage of. “The student activities group is always doing something,” which gives all students the “opportunity to find a place where they can grow.” There is a 190-acre preserve that “encourages students to get out and enjoy nature” (and is also used by professors as a living classroom), and “the college and the town are very active together.” Downtown Salisbury is close enough that students can visit relatively easily (many local businesses offer discounts to Catawba students), which is often necessary to the palate as everyone agrees that “the food could use major improvements.” Outside of club activities, laying low is the pastime of choice here, and many nights are spent playing board games or watching movies; “going to the entertainment center to play pool or ping pong is also popular.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
47
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

27% participate in intramural sports
30% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Catawba Indians)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Catawba Indians)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay-Straight Alliance http://www.catawba.edu/clubs

Minority Support Groups: Diversity Club http://www.catawba.edu/clubs

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNC-Charlotte
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNC-Charlotte

Sustainability

Since signing the ACUPCC, Catawba College has built a vision for a sustainable future—thanks in part to its Environmental Services Department and Center for the Environment. The department plans, implements, and maintains “environmental sustainability, waste reduction, and recycling programs for the college community.” The Center for the Environment, a non-profit entity with programs that extend beyond campus boundaries, focuses on providing “education and outreach on prevalent environmental challenges that can serve as models for programs throughout the country.” These two groups have helped Catawba College take many steps on the path to climate neutrality by 2030, including the purchase of renewable energy credits representing 45 percent of the college’s energy usage. The college has also achieved LEED certification for the Abernethy Village, a complex of five residence halls on campus. Replete with energy efficient lighting, Energy Star appliances, geothermal heating, and high-efficiency windows, it’s no wonder that the college reserves these appealing abodes exclusively for juniors and seniors. Dining Services has taken the “buy local” movement to heart, now ensuring that more than half of its food expenditures go towards local, organic, or otherwise environmentally preferable food. Working closely with the Center for the Environment is Environment Catawba Outreach (ECO), a student group for those looking to lead the campus on current and future sustainability initiatives. For those looking for a more formal education in the environment and sustainability, Catawba College offers majors in environmental science, environmental studies, environmental education, and, unique to the college, sustainable business and community development.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
50%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
94%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
We are part of the NCICU consortium which has partnerships with various software and hardware vendors through the ScholarBuys program

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mrs. Bonny King
Welome Center Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
2300 West Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Phone
7046374402

Email
admission@catawba.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for the Environment
Cannon Field House
Robertson College Community Center
Ketner Hall
Cannon Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Nearby urban areas of Charlotte and Greensboro.
Verizon Pavillion in Charlotte
Concord Mills Outlet Mall
Salisbury West Square Historic District
NC Transportation Museum in Spencer

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
7046374402

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
as scheduled about 4 times per year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@catawba.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Charlotte-Douglas Airport is a 45 minute drive from campus. Amtrak station is 10 minutes from campus. Catawba College is located just off Interstate 85, midway between Greensboro and Charlotte. Exit from Interstate 85 at exits 75 or 76B. Follow directional signs to Catawba College on West Innes Street.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From East and Northeast Take I-85 South. Exit on I-85 exit 76 (Salisbury, Catawba College). At the stop sign, turn RIGHT on Innes Street. Stay straight through downtown, continuing approximately 3 miles to the Catawba campus. From West and Northwest Take I-40 East to I-77 South. Get off I-77 at exit 49A (Garner-Bagnal Boulevard), turn RIGHT at end of exit ramp onto Highway 70 East. Continue for approximately 30 miles. In Salisbury, 70 East is renamed Statesville Blvd. Continue straight on Statesville Blvd. to intersection with Innes St. Turn LEFT onto Innes St. and continue 4 blocks to Catawba College. From South Take I-85 North to exit 76 (Salisbury, Catawba College). At the stoplight, turn LEFT on Innes Street. Continue straight through downtown, continuing approximately 3 miles to the Catawba campus.

Local Accommodations
Hampton Inn and Best Western are located at exit 75, off Interstate 85. The Marriott Hotel and Comfort Suites is located at exit 76 on East Innes Street. Bed and Breakfast accomodations are available on Fulton Street apprximately one mile from campus.