Since its founding in 1851, Catawba College has been committed to helping bright students achieve their highest potential. The faculty in our 70+ academic majors guide students in developing the skills and competencies needed to be successful such as critical thinking, analytical problem solving, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work in diverse groups. Catawba seeks to not only prepare students for their first job, but for the career from which they will retire. Catawba is ranked as the #4 Regional College in the South.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • Night Class Offerings
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Catawba College has two options of Rolling Admission for First-Year Students: Standard and Test-Optional. Standard Admission requires the student to submit their high school transcript and standardized test scores (which may be self-reported on the application for admission consideration). Test Optional Admission is ideal for students with a minimum weighted GPA of 3.25 and SAT or ACT scores below our middle 50%. In lieu of test scores, a student submits a 500-600 word essay on one of the topics at and a letter of recommendation from a core subject teacher.


Transfer applicants are encouraged to complete the admission process at least 2-weeks prior to the start of the entering semester. If you have earned an Associate Degree in Arts, Sciences, Nursing, or Fine Arts need to submit transcripts and a Transfer Reference Form from each institution attended. Students who have not earned a degree in one of the above areas, need to submit a final high school transcript, GED, or HSED with collegiate transcripts and Transfer Reference Forms. Test scores are required for recent HS grads with less than 24 transferable credits.

Additional Information

Committed to making private college education affordable, Catawba uses the FAFSA (002914) offering 100% of its students financial aid through scholarships, grants, and/or work-study.  A 2017 survey of Catawba alumni indicated 96% were employed or pursuing additional education within a year after graduation. Catawba College inspires students to transform their sense of what’s possible and prepare for fulfilling lives in a place where they belong--a hallmark of personal attention meeting historical foundations with innovative thought. Mentoring, a well-rounded curriculum, strong honors program, career-focused experiential education, and co-curricular opportunities, prepare students for careers and graduate school.
Located in historic Salisbury, Catawba’s 276-acre residential campus is in a region ideal for internships and entertainment offerings. A diverse campus community supports students’ success as they pursue 70+ academic programs. Academic programs in Environment & Sustainability come alive in our 189-acre ecological preserve, while athletic facilities support 23 NCAA Division II teams (Fall 2019 addition: women’s beach volleyball), cheerleaders, dance team, and intramurals. The School of Health Science and Human Performance offers a BS major in Nursing and a state-of-the-art simulator nursing laboratory.

Visit us

Catawba's campus visits are customizable and generally begin with an admissions conversation, followed by a student guided walk throughout our beautiful campus. We can assist in setting up visits with professors and coaches, as well as opportunities to attend a class, an activity, or a meal with a student in our cafeteria. A standard weekday visit requires at least an hour and 45 minutes, or you can plan as much as you like as often as you’d like. There is a full menu of options including personal weekday and Saturday visits, departmental days, and open houses.

For nearly 170 years, Catawba has provided an education rich in personal attention grounded in experiential learning with a focus on career and vocational development. Not everybody is going to pick Catawba, but Catawba can be a place for anybody.

Jared Tice, Senior Vice President for the College Experience, Student Affairs/Admissions
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Admissions office

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School location

2300 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC 28144, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 228-2922