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Private, coeducational, residential, institution offering career preparation grounded in the liberal arts tradition. We offer over 70 academic fields of study including strong science and pre-professional programs. Member of The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Founded:
1851

Affiliation:
United Church of Christ

WHAT'S NEW at Catawba?
Read about our latest and greatest announcements and recognitions!

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"Great College with high level education, staff that cares for your indivudual growth and great sports and theater. I definitley recommend!"
- J. Sokolowska

"Can't speak highly enough about Catawba..."
- K. Smith

"If you are looking for a great education/ lasting friendships and a wonderful college experience Catawba is the place to be!"
- C. M. Lee

Students:
1,322 students from 31 U.S. states and 18 foreign countries

Professors: 
69 full-time faculty, more than 75.4% of whom hold the highest degrees in their fields

Student-Faculty Ratio:
14:1

Residence Life:
Approximately 85% of first-year students live on campus

Location:
Salisbury, N.C., a historic Southern city (pop. 30,000) located 45 minutes from the greater Charlotte area, Greensboro and Winston-Salem and two hours from the mountains and four hours from the beaches

Academics:
Over 70 academic fields of study, plus the option of creating your own individualized major.

Annual Tuition and Fees (2013-2014):
$36,230 ($26,820 tuition and $9,410 room and board. In addition, there is a parking fee for students to park on campus)

Average Financial Aid Package (2010-2011):
$27,603 ($10,583 of which was institutional aid)

Clubs & Organizations:
Over 40 student groups, including honor societies and special interest clubs

Activities & Traditions:
Homecoming, Catawba Late Nights, Family Weekend, Wigwam Productions (campus entertainment events), Service of Lessons and Carols, volunteer/service projects, and much more

Athletics:
18 NCAA Division II sports (Athletics website | Athletics Mission Statement)

Mission Statement:
View the College Mission Statement.

What's New?
See what's NEW at Catawba, including our newest majors, current rankings, and more!

History and Campus:
Established in 1851, Catawba College is the sixth-oldest college in North Carolina. It is a private, coeducational college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, which has deliberately chosen to remain a fouryear institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Its purpose is to enrich the educational experiences of students and to prepare these students for productive and meaningful lives of purpose following their graduation.

Catawba's campus is located in the historic piedmont city of Salisbury and consists of 41 buildings on 276 acres. It is a beautiful blend of neogothic architecture set on a shaded hillside adjacent to its own ecological preserve. Centrally located, it is only two hours away from the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina and four hours away from some of the best beaches on the Atlantic Coast.


Academics:

A strong sense of community is fostered at Catawba. Caring and engaged faculty challenge and support new students making the academic transition from high school to college.

Catawba offers over 70 different fields of study; three undergraduate degrees, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science; along with a graduate degree, Master of Education. While course work is demanding, Catawba effectively prepares students to both ponder the meaning of vocation within a liberal arts context and to ultimately pursue meaningful careers or graduate studies.

Most disciplines on campus offer internship opportunities for students to enrich and supplement their classroom experiences. These internships range from semester-long positions with area businesses, corporations, or governmental agencies to paid summer positions in various industries, including entertainment, medicine, travel, and tourism.

Intercollegiate Athletics:
NCAA Division II–South Atlantic Conference:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Catawba also has a Cheerleading program, which is coed.