Catawba College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Catawba College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into Catawba College? The school has a 47% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,190 out of 2,528 applicants were admitted making Catawba College a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores. Catawba College typically accepts and attracts "C+" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Catawba College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for Catawba College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1160
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Catawba College?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 815. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1045 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Catawba College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >60%
1045 to 1160 Avg + 47%-60%
930 to 1045 Avg - 34%-47%
815 to 930 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 815 Low <23%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Catawba College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Catawba College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Catawba College?

Admission data indicates that Catawba College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 64 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Catawba College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Catawba College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >60%
21 to 24 Avg + 47%-60%
18 to 21 Avg - 34%-47%
15 to 18 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 15 Low <23%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Catawba College was 2.36 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily C+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Catawba College will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Catawba College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ N/A% Good
3.50 to 3.75 N/A% Good
3.25 to 3.50 N/A% Good
3.00 to 3.25 6% Good
2.75 to 3.00 31% Good
2.50 to 2.75 42% Avg +
2.25 to 2.50 22% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

Catawba College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,216 1,312 2,528
Accepted 601 589 1,190
Acceptance Rate 49% 45% 47%
Enrolled 180 168 348
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 29% 29%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Catawba College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Catawba College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Catawba College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198215 IPEDS survey data for Catawba College.