Students Say

Catawba College sports “a small, close-knit community where you can really get to know your professors and your fellow classmates.” The school is known especially for its “high-ranking theater program and the hugely growing music program” as well as its athletics. Don’t let its small size fool you, as “big things come in small packages.” “Class sizes are small in order for you to receive as much of a personalized education as possible.” “Excellent financial aid” attracts many students, although some feel the university isn’t doing enough to “increase scholarships to match rising tuition.” Catawba is particularly strong for “highly focused programs (theater [and] music in particular).”

Overview

Applicants
3,694
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
2.82

GPA Breakdown

2%
Over 3.75
6%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
33%
2.50 - 2.99
26%
2.00 - 2.49
4%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
430 - 540
SAT Math
430 - 550
ACT Composite
18 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Non-Academic

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

Overall

Students Say

Catawba College sports “a small, close-knit community where you can really get to know your professors and your fellow classmates.” The school is known especially for its “high-ranking theater program and the hugely growing music program” as well as its athletics. Don’t let its small size fool you, as “big things come in small packages.” “Class sizes are small in order for you to receive as much of a personalized education as possible.” “Excellent financial aid” attracts many students, although some feel the university isn’t doing enough to “increase scholarships to match rising tuition.” Catawba is particularly strong for “highly focused programs (theater [and] music in particular).” The honors program also gets high marks among students. “I can get whatever educational experience I make for myself here, especially because of the diversity of the honors program courses.” Some students feel that the facilities could be improved. “While our computer labs are good, I feel like that Catawba’s computer centers and facilities are not as advanced and developed as [at] other schools.” “Most of the professors here really care about the students” and “know your name as well as your interests.” As “a melting pot with many opportunities if you reach out for them,” Catawba is “a place where you can truly discover who you are through exposure to a variety of thoughts and perspectives.”

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
87%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
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
$22,102

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 Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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

Overall

Students Say

The student body is divided clearly into “three types of students. The athletes are a large part of the student population. The theater and music students make up the next largest population. Then there is the other category.” “We all identify with a category,” one student explains, “but that does not mean that we are always divided this way.” Others see the campus fairly divided, with the three sections busy in their own work. “Athletes don’t go to theater, and theater students don’t go to sporting events” although “generally everyone mixes because of our general education classes, so no one really stands out.” Students “are either athletes, all about education, or theater/music kids. They all do their own thing, and it works.” Most students are from the area, but “33 percent of Catawba students are from out of state.” Otherwise, it’s “difficult to describe the typical student, because there is such diversity at Catawba College.” “Catawba has almost anyone you can imagine, it’s a wide array of different cultures of people that go here.”

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

Overview

Students Say

Life on Catawba campus is driven by the school’s strong athletics, theater, and music programs. Students tend to be “busy, busy, busy. Everyone is active. Campus clubs are huge, and there is a school-sponsored event every weekend.” There are frequent sporting events, “theater and music performances,” and other activities sponsored by the school or clubs. “The students focus a lot on their activities,” one student says. “For instance, my life centers around rehearsal for the many performances by the Catawba Singers. The same goes for the theater department as well as athletics.” Another student describes life: “My life at school? Class, work in the theater, homework, sleep, rinse, repeat,” but also notes that “other students have more free time.” “There are usually campuswide events on the weekends that generally have very high turnouts.” When asked what the school could improve on, the chorus responds unanimously: “Food! The food is pretty bad. We pay a lot of money to be here, and our food is sometimes not edible.” Consequently, many students leave campus to “go to downtown Salisbury or Charlotte for shopping, restaurants, and clubbing.” Note that Catawba does impose an age limit for students to live off campus, although it was recently “lowered to twenty-one.”

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

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

Men's Sports (Catawba Indians)
10 Sports

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

Basketball
Cheerleading
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.

Green Rating
89
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
50%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

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

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
Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn are located at exit 75, off Interstate 85. 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.
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Key Stats

3,694
Applicants
1,309
Size
36%
Acceptance Rate
980
SAT Scores

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