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Catawba College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Catawba College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Catawba College Ranked?

2021 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 10 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Catawba as #896 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Catawba is also ranked #24 out of 56 schools in North Carolina.

See all of the rankings for Catawba College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Catawba?

Acceptance Rate

Catawba College has an acceptance rate of 42%, 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 57% 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 460 and 520. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Catawba College  ( 460 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Catawba College  ( 470 to 580 )
Catawba received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Catawba College  ( 18 to 23 )

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Catawba College Faculty

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 12 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 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 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 39%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  39 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at Catawba

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,324 undergraduates at Catawba with 1,222 being full-time and 102 being part-time.

Catawba Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Catawba is 79.85 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  79.85 out of 100
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How Much Does Catawba College Cost?

The overall average net price of Catawba is $18,569. 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 +
$16,694 $17,019 $17,486 $21,539 $21,206

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Catawba, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,269 a year. That adds up to $25,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Catawba is 12.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Catawba Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Catawba make about $39,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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 situated in Salisbury, North Carolina. The suburban atmosphere of Salisbury makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of Catawba College

Contact details for Catawba are given below.

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

Catawba College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 33 majors graduated from Catawba College. Of these students, 300 received undergraduate degrees and 5 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 67 $43,900
Music 28 $20,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 28 $33,700
Health & Physical Education 22 NA
General Biology 18 $22,700
Natural Resources Conservation 16 NA
Communication & Media Studies 14 NA
Nursing 10 NA
General Psychology 9 NA
Allied Health Professions 8 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 153 students took at least one online class at Catawba College. This is an increase from the 85 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 153 0
2016-2017 85 0
2015-2016 85 0
2014-2015 161 0
2013-2014 103 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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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