Catawba College

Catawba College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Catawba College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Catawba College was awarded 52 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

Catawba is ranked #1,562 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Catawba is also ranked #39 out of 113 schools in North Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Catawba?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Catawba College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 52%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 47% 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 470 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Catawba College  ( 470 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Catawba College  ( 470 to 570 )
Catawba received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Catawba College  ( 17 to 22 )

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Catawba College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Catawba is an impressive 12 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Catawba College

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 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Catawba for first-time, full-time students is 40%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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Catawba College Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of Catawba is $18,185. 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 +
$16,210 $15,939 $18,134 $20,380 $21,205

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 76% of students took out student loans averaging $6,518 a year. That adds up to $26,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Catawba is 9.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Catawba Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Catawba with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $39,400 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Catawba College make the most money.

Location of Catawba College

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

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 50 $46,478
Natural Resources Conservation 23 NA
Communication & Media Studies 21 $28,212
Health & Physical Education 21 $27,494
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $35,213
Music 18 $15,922
Nursing 15 NA
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 13 NA
General Biology 12 $29,685
Accounting 12 NA

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

Online Learning at Catawba

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 2019-2020, 977 students took at least one online class at Catawba College. This is an increase from the 223 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 977 180
2018-2019 223 0
2017-2018 153 0
2016-2017 85 0
2015-2016 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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