Catawba College
Salisbury, NC 28144


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,306
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 7%
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 820 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Catawba College is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 2,528 applications and only 1,190 students were granted admission. Catawba College is at the #45 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 64% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 63% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT850 to 1090
ACT18 to 24
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Catawba College's tuition was $29,333 for all students regardless of residency (9.5% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Catawba College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 42% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,217 (which is 4.2% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Catawba College in 2016-2017, was 232, which is 75% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,366 (which is 9% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Catawba College has enrolled a total of 1,306 students (1,252 students full-time and 54 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,306 students, 78 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 46% men and 54% women and 1,297 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 9 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 67%

Black/African American: 19%

Hispanic: 7%

Two or more races: 3%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Asian: 1%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Catawba College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 18% 16
Education 14% 13
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 13% 12
Social Sciences 4% 4
English Language And Literature/letters 4% 4
Mathematics And Statistics 4% 4
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 4% 4
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2% 2
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 2
Natural Resources And Conservation 0% 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Catawba College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Catawba College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $28,600. Last year, out of the total 492 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 458 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 663 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 597 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $28,600 $38,300
Employment Rate 93% 90%
Total Graduates 492 663

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Catawba College.

Livingstone College
1.4 mile away
Pfeiffer University
18.1 mile away
Davidson College
24.3 mile away
Salem College
30.5 mile away
Wake Forest University
32.6 mile away
High Point University
33.5 mile away