Catawba College Receives National Acclaim as a 2024-2025 College of Distinction

Catawba College is proud to announce its recognition as a 2024-2025 College of Distinction, a prestigious honor highlighting its unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional undergraduate education. The award reflects Catawba’s dedication to fostering hands-on learning, strong student-faculty relationships, an active campus community, and stellar student outcomes.

Since its founding in 2000, Colleges of Distinction has awarded schools for their successful implementation of high-impact educational practices and hands-on learning. Unlike traditional ranking systems based on numerical data, its rigorous selection process involves extensive research and detailed interviews with the institutions, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. Catawba has demonstrated exceptional performance in each of these areas, ensuring a supportive and enriching environment that equips students for future academic and career success.

Additionally, Catawba has been credited for its commitment to affordability compared to other institutions.

In an era dominated by discussions about college tuition and student debt, the Affordable Colleges of Distinction award aims to assist cost-conscious students and parents in navigating the complex landscape of college financing. Catawba College shines as a beacon of affordability among the distinguished group of Colleges of Distinction, showcasing its notable financial costs and positive outcomes.

Catawba College also was recognized for its strong undergraduate degrees in business and education.

Thanks to a well-rounded curriculum with hands-on experiences and a liberal arts foundation, business students are prepared to enter the workforce with strong leadership skills and the ability to succeed in an ever-evolving society.

Catawba’s education program was acknowledged for its stellar curriculum and outcomes for education majors, highlighting the impactful ways that students are prepared to lead their own classrooms after graduation.

In addition, Catawba College has been awarded the title of a Career Development College of Distinction. Earning a college degree greatly improves one’s ability to secure a job, and yet the process of entering the workforce is often a big challenge in itself. Catawba’s Career Development Award is a celebration of its commitment to helping students advance in their desired careers.

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools with a dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit

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