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High School Students


How To Apply

  1. Request an application by writing or calling:

    Office of Admissions
    Catawba College
    2300 West Innes Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144-2488

    Phone: (704) 637-4402 or toll-free, 1-800-CATAWBA, or internationally, (704) 637-4402. The country code for the United States is 01.
    Fax: (704) 637-4222

  2. Apply online (no application fee!)

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  3. Each candidate must submit the following items directly to the Office of Admissions:
    1. A completed application for admission;
    2. Either an official copy of the student's high school transcript (a notarized English translation is required when records are in another language), a High School Equivalency Diploma or a certified Adult High School Diploma;
    3. An official copy of scores on either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT - CEEB code #5103) or the American College Testing Program (ACT - CEEB code #3080); View SAT/ACT Policy »


      (For students with a 3.5 GPA or higher)
      Extracurricular and Leadership Resume

    4. The Secondary School Report form completed jointly by you and your counselor.

    5. A 500-600 word essay (one and a half pages) on one of the following topics:
      1. If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
      2. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
      3. If you were assured you would not fail, what endeavor would you attempt?
      4. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision twice?
      5. Imagine that you have all the money that you need to live comfortably and the skill set to work in or create any career you so desired. What would that career be? Why are you interested in it?

        *We will accept a graded paper in lieu of essay, if student prefers

Forms for Download
Download our Application for Admission and mail to:

Office of Admissions
2300 West Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

 Related Forms:

To Apply for Financial Assistance
Please follow the procedures below:

  1. Once you have applied for admissions, our Office of Financial Aid will forward information to you including a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. You are expected to complete the FAFSA and submit it to the federal processor as soon as possible after January 1st of the year you intend to enter college. Our FAFSA code is 002914.
  3. Once you have been accepted to Catawba College and we have received the valid results of your FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid will process your financial aid package.
  4. Throughout the spring, we will send you reminders on the status of your financial aid file if it is incomplete.
  5. Please sign and return all necessary forms requested by the Office of Financial Aid in a timely manner. If you do not plan to apply for financial aid, please notify our Office of Financial Aid.