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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 www.catawba.edu/essayprompts 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 www.catawba.edu/TransferRef.pdf 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.
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. www.catawba.edu/visit
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.