Catawba, founded in 1851, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 210-acre campus is located in Salisbury, within 50 miles of Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem.

Website: www.catawba.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,325
Undergraduate
Students
(53.4%) 708 Women
(46.6%) 617 Men
6
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
42% of 3,125 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.75
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$45,842
Tuition and Fees
$30,520
Room and Board
$10,488
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Freshman Award
$26,659
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$31,471
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
86
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 31% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Salisbury Population
33,604
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Charlotte, NC
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
57% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Indians
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.8% Asian
20.1% Black/African-American
7.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.3% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students
3.8% from 19 countries
First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
35.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
75%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
31.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2300 West Innes Street
City, State, Zip
Salisbury, NC 28144-2488
Phone
(704) 637-4402
Fax
 
E-mail
admission@catawba.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
42% of 3,125 applicants were admitted
Women
43% of 1,535 applicants were admitted
Men
42% of 1,590 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
408 (31%) of 1,325 admitted students enrolled
Women
198 (30%) of 661 admitted students enrolled
Men
210 (32%) of 664 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.75
3.75 and Above
50%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 13%
Top quarter: 44%
Top half: 77%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$45,842
Tuition and Fees
$30,520
Room and Board
$10,488
Books and Supplies
$1,400
Other Expenses
$3,434
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning January 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002914
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
325 (93.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
291 (89.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
291 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
89 (30.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$26,659
Need-Based Gift
Received by 199 (68.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,347
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 204 (70.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,334
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 289 (99.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
52 (14.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,652

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,107 (89.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,020 (92.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,019 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
269 (26.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
78%
Average Award
$24,637
Need-Based Gift
Received by 764 (75.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,930
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 792 (77.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,467
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 896 (87.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
190 (15.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,130

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
78%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$31,471
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans, Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Business, Education, Home Economics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine
Number of Awards
165
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
153
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership
Number of Awards
161
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
56
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,589
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • History, General
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
86
Part-Time Faculty
73
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
42%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 31% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
503,460
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
175
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Elementary Education
  • Science Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Salisbury Population
33,604
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Charlotte, NC
Campus Size
276 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.6 average low in January, 83.6 average high in September
Rain
112 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Salisbury
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Salisbury

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
57% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
43%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Indians
School Colors
Navy and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Bowling x   x  
Cheerleading x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Bowling x  
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Bowling x  
Cheerleading x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, volunteer catawba, catawba ambassadors (admissions guides), blue masque (drama), fellowship of christian athletes, wigwam productions (student activities board)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,325
Women
708 (53.4%)
Men
617 (46.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,267
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.8% Asian
20.1% Black/African-American
7.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.3% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students.
3.8% from 19 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
6

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
35.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
42.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
45.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
75%
Average Starting Salary
75%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
31.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 3%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Medicine 1%

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