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Catawba College Data & Information Overview

2 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
56% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Catawba College Ranked?

#1,585 Best Colleges in Nation
#51 Best Colleges in NC
Sports Management Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Catawba College was awarded 2 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sports management.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Catawba as #1,585 out of 2,238 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Catawba also holds the #51 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Catawba?

56% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
33% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Catawba College has an acceptance rate of 56%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Catawba.

Average Test Scores

About 33% of students accepted to Catawba submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Catawba College  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Catawba College  ( 510 to 560 )
Catawba received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Catawba College  ( 18 to 26 )

Learn more about Catawba College admissions.

Catawba College Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
68% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Catawba it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Catawba College is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Catawba College

68% Freshmen Retention
41% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Catawba College is 68%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  68 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Catawba the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 41%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Catawba College.

Catawba College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,232 Full-Time Undergraduates
35.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
51.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,340 undergraduates at Catawba with 1,232 being full-time and 108 being part-time.

How Much Does Catawba College Cost?

$18,702 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
$26,132 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Catawba is $18,702. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Catawba

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,146 $17,408 $17,449 $19,990 $23,792

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Catawba, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Catawba, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $6,533 a year. That adds up to $26,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Catawba is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Catawba Graduates Make?

$43,015 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Catawba make around $43,015 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Catawba College make the most money.

Location of Catawba College

North Carolina State
1,232 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Catawba College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Salisbury, North Carolina. Salisbury is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for Catawba are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 800-228-2922

Catawba College Majors

34 Majors With Completions
277 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 42 $41,918
Health & Physical Education 29 $23,672
Nursing 23 NA
General Biology 20 $24,810
Natural Resources Conservation 20 NA
Drama & Theater Arts 20 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $34,677
Communication & Media Studies 15 $28,770
General Psychology 15 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 9 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Catawba College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Catawba

27% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 326 students took at least one online class at Catawba College. This is a decrease from the 977 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 326 163
2019-2020 977 180
2018-2019 223 0
2017-2018 153 0
2016-2017 85 0

Learn more about online learning at Catawba College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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