Catawba College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Catawba College Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of just 47%, Catawba is a somewhat selective school. Students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores if they complete an extra-curricular resume and have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who do not submit test scores also need to write a personal statement--possible topics are outlined on the school's admissions page. Required materials for admissions include an online application, high school transcripts, and a letter of recommendation.

There is no application fee. Students are not required to complete an interview, but are encouraged to visit the campus and talk with an admissions officer to get a feel for the school. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Catawba College Description:

Located in the city of Salisbury, North Carolina, Catawba College is a small private liberal arts college that also offers several popular pre-professional programs. Catawba College was founded in 1851 by the German Reformed Church, and today the school is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The college has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 40 fields of study. Popular majors for undergraduates include business, education, music, history, and sociology.

Catawba offers a good educational value -- the great majority of students receive institutional grant aid. Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of clubs and organizations, ranging from honor societies, to performing arts groups, to academic clubs. In athletics, the Catawba Indians compete in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.

Popular sports include football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. 

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,306 (1,297 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $29,333
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,487
  • Other Expenses: $3,113
  • Total Cost: $44,333

Catawba College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,669
    • Loans: $6,348

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Teacher Education, Theatre Arts, Coaching, Elementary Education, Sociology, Exercise Science, Communication, Environmental Studies, History

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 39%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Lacrosse, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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