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Study at Catawba College

Established in 1851 by the North Carolina Classis of Reformed Church in the United States, Catawba College served as the Catawba High School during the Civil War years. In 1885, it resumed operations under the name Catawba College. This coeducational liberal arts institute is located in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Catawba College offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business administration, education, environmental science, history, music, languages, psychology, and theater arts, among others. The courses are offered through the following academic centres:

  • Academy for Teaching
  • Center for Career and Service Learning
  • Center for International Studies
  • Center for the Environment
  • Lilly Center for Vocation and Values
The sports teams of Catawba College are nicknamed the Catawba Indians. They are members of the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference, and compete in sports including baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, cross country, swimming, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Profile of Catawba College

Catawba is in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Salisbury, NC. The school has a United Church of Christ religious affiliation. Catawba is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at Catawba than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at the school include mathematics, music, drama and performing arts, business and management, nutrition and exercise therapy, and conservation and resource management.

Catawba Selectivity

Catawba does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 450 to 510 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 470 and 580.


Some professors at Catawba are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 1, 323 students (1, 262 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Most students at Catawba attend full-time. Dorm living is common. Catawba makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the South Atlantic Conference for major sports. Student athletes can receive financial aid in some cases.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The Mission Statement Catawba College is committed to providing students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation. Catawba College draws strength from Judeo-Christian values, sustains a dynamic community of learners and seeks to unite a diverse population of students, faculty and staff as active co-participants in scholarship and service. Catawba College prepares students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens with a zeal to enrich human life. "

Catawba Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management104business management, MIS, accounting, marketing
Education and Teaching29elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, middle school teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy25sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, parks and recreation studies, recreational therapy
Liberal Arts24English, sociology, political science, history, French language, Spanish language, interdisciplinary studies
Drama and Performing Arts20drama, stagecraft
Music17music performance, music
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and administration
Science12biology, chemistry
Media10communication studies
Conservation and Resource Management9environmental science, environmental studies
Therapy and Counselling7psychology
Religion and Philosophy3religion
Art Studies0arts management
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Contact: Catawba

Catawba College

2300 W Innes St

Salisbury, NC 28144

General Phone: (704) 637-4111


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