Catawba College

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 centers:

  • Academy for Teaching
  • Center for Career & Service Learning
  • Center for International Studies
  • Center for the Environment
  • Lilly Center for Vocation & 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.

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Contacting Catawba

Catawba College
2300 W Innes St
Salisbury , NC 28144
General Phone: (704) 637-4111

Catawba Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management103business management, accounting, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching36elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy34parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, recreational therapy
Liberal Arts34French language, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Drama and Performing Arts20drama, stagecraft
Security and Law Enforcement14criminal justice and administration
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental studies, environmental science
Media8communication studies
Music7music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy7religion
Therapy and Counseling6psychology
Science5biology, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Art Studies0arts management

Number of programs and degrees for Catawba in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree28137
Master's degree52

Catawba Student Body

In 2007-2008, Catawba had a total enrollment of 1,323 students (1,204 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 97%
Graduate 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 16%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 25%
22-24 16%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina61%
South Carolina2%
(International Students)2%
New York2%
Washington, DC1%
New Jersey1%

Catawba Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %

Catawba Room and Board (2007)

Catawba offers campus housing for 739 of its 1,204 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Salisbury, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Catawba Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460580
SAT Math490590
ACT Verbal1725
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT81%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Catawba Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,290
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,290
Room and board $ 7,700
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,400

Financial Aid:
Catawba participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 291400)

Catawba Faculty

Catawba has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track311
Non-tenured and not on tenure track84

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$65,81712$58,427
Associate professoracademic year12$58,9143$63,841
Assistant professoracademic year5$50,91412$44,304
Instructoracademic year2*4$39,647
Lectureracademic year4$44,7091*
All faculty totalacademic year40$58,71132$50,778

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Catawba Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football South Atlantic Conference
Basketball South Atlantic Conference
Baseball South Atlantic Conference
Track South Atlantic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports64100164

Catawba Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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