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Catawba College

Salisbury, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%
Acceptance Rate56%

About Catawba College

Catawba College Overview

Catawba College is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Salisbury, North Carolina. Catawba College was founded in 1851 and currently enrolls around 1,207 students a year, including 1,143 undergraduate students. Catawba College provides on-campus housing for up to 840 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 70% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! August 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Catawba College!

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Catawba College students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Catawba College does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Catawba College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Catawba College on the Student Life page.

2022 Catawba College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 56%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 33%
Tuition $32,380
Percent of Need Met 84%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $29,445

Is Catawba College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what Catawba College offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

Catawba College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Catawba College. Around 56% of applicants get into Catawba College each year. Last year, 2,199 students applied to Catawba College and 1,234 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Catawba College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Catawba College, around 68% return for the next year. 58% of Catawba College undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Catawba College Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Catawba College by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Catawba College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Catawba College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Catawba College's endowment was $88.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Catawba College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Catawba College meets 84% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Catawba College full-time are awarded $29,445 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $27,957 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Catawba College.

Based on this information, is Catawba College the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Catawba College a good school for you?

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Where is Catawba College?

Catawba College is located in the small town setting of Salisbury, North Carolina, in the suburbs of Charlotte.

If you would like to see Catawba College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 85 to Salisbury, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Charlotte Douglas International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Catawba College and Salisbury are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2300 West Innes Street Salisbury, NC 28144-2488

Campus Setting: Small Town

Catawba College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Catawba College is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Catawba College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Catawba College ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Catawba College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1180


Math SAT Range

510 - 560


Reading SAT Range

480 - 590

Catawba College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Catawba College is like? There are approximately 1,207 students enrolled at Catawba College, including 1,143 undergraduate students and 64 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 77% percent are from NC and 23% percent of students are from other states.


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