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Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

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Catawba College overview
Location Salisbury, North Carolina
Online catawba.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Catawba College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Catawba College, located in Salisbury, North Carolina, is a small, private liberal arts institution that nestles approximately 45 minutes from Charlotte. Established in 1851, the college?s history is reflected in its campus architecture, which boasts a blend of classical and contemporary styles. Catawba provides a range of undergraduate programs, with notable strengths in fields such as environmental science and education. While offering a variety of majors, it steers clear of being highly selective, maintaining an admissions policy that is moderately selective. Students have access to on-campus living options which contribute to the residential nature of the college experience. Though Catawba is not predominately recognized for its athletics, it does field teams, known as the Catawba Indians, participating in NCAA Division II sports.

In the most recent statistical year 3,199 prospective students applied, and 2,146 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 298 enrolled in the school.  1,076 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 96 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $32,868 plus fees of $0. Catawba College is ranked 515 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Catawba College is rated within the top 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

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SAT 1000/1210
ACT 18/27
GPA 3.64

Applications Accepted

Catawba College overview
Applications Due Aug 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Catawba College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $11,576
Budget for Other Expenses$3,434
Total One Year Cost$49,278

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

54% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Catawba College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 32%
Education 20%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 9%
Communication 5%

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