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Catawba College

Salisbury, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate67%

Catawba College Admissions

Catawba College is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Catawba College is 67%. Out of 3,199 applications received in 2023, 2,146 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Catawba College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Catawba College for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than September 1.

Catawba College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Catawba College's admissions stats.

Catawba College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 11%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 11%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 15%
Waitlist No

Catawba College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Catawba College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 15 September 1

Applying Early to Catawba College?

Catawba College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Catawba College Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Catawba College?

Getting into Catawba College is moderately difficult. Catawba College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Catawba College accepted 67% of students, around 2,146 of the 3,199 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Catawba College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Catawba College

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Catawba College

Catawba College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Catawba College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Catawba College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Catawba College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Geographical Residence Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Catawba College for more information on admission factors.

Catawba College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Catawba College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Catawba College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.8

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Catawba College?

Students admitted to Catawba College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7. Catawba College considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 75% submitted a class rank. At Catawba College 11% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37% were in the top 25% and 69% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Catawba College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 36%
3.75 and 3.99 13%
3.50 and 3.74 12%
3.25 and 3.49 10%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 15%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Catawba College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Catawba College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 11% of Catawba College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 15% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Catawba College?

To be competitive with other Catawba College applicants, you should aim to score between 1000 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Catawba College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Catawba College students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Catawba College students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at Catawba College, you should strive to earn between 18 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Catawba College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Catawba College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Catawba College

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Catawba College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Catawba College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Catawba College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Catawba College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Catawba College.

Does Catawba College accept transfer credits?

✅ Catawba College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Catawba College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Catawba College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Catawba College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Catawba College?

❌ No, Catawba College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Catawba College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Catawba College is 67%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Catawba College?

❌ Catawba College does not offer early decision.

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Catawba College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Catawba College? Catawba College is a somewhat selective institution. The Catawba College acceptance rate is 67%. This means that the institution accepts 67 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1200


Math SAT Range

500 - 610


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

Catawba College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Catawba College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.66. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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