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Catawba College Admission Requirements

Salisbury, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into Catawba College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
49.5%
Admission Difficulty for Catawba College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Catawba College and can I get accepted? The school has a 50% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,651 out of 3,335 applicants were admitted making Catawba College a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 71 percent. Catawba College typically accepts and attracts "C+" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the lower half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Catawba College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catawba College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
930-1120
Applicants Submitting SAT
57%
SAT Scores for Catawba College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for Catawba College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 560
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1120
Average SAT Score 1030

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Catawba College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 73 percent of SAT test takers. 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 830. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. The school ranks #31 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Catawba College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1120 and Above Good >63%
1025 to 1120 Avg + 50%-63%
930 to 1025 Avg - 37%-50%
835 to 930 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 835 Low <26%
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Catawba College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
17-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
59%
ACT Scores for Catawba College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for Catawba College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 22
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

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 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #23 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Catawba College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Catawba College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >63%
20 to 23 Avg + 50%-63%
17 to 20 Avg - 37%-50%
14 to 17 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 14 Low <26%
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Catawba College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
2.36
Typical High School Grades
C+

What GPA do you need to get into Catawba College?

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. The school ranks #52 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

61% of Catawba College freshman were in the bottom half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Catawba College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 22%
Top 50% of class 39%
Bottom 50% of class 61%
Bottom 25% of class 47%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Catawba College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,716 1,619 3,335
Accepted 783 868 1,651
Acceptance Rate 46% 54% 50%
Enrolled 160 182 342
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 21% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Catawba College is $0.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Catawba College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

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

FAQs

Does Catawba College prefer SAT or ACT?

57% of students submit their SAT scores to Catawba College. 59% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Catawba College?

50% of those who apply are granted admission to Catawba College. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Catawba College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1120. 57% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Catawba College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 23. 59% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.