Catawba College is a private, coeducational institution of higher education located in the historic piedmont city of Salisbury, North Carolina. The sixth oldest college in North Carolina, Catawba College was established in 1851 and founded by the German Reformed Church, though today the college is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. In 1925 the college moved to its current location in Salisbury where it operates off of a 276 acre campus featuring over 40 buildings, set on a shaded hillside and adjacent to the college’s ecological preserve. Catawba College is centrally located and is a mere two hours away from the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina and just four hours away from the Atlantic Coast’s beaches.
Academic ProgramsCatawba College’s mission is to provide students with an “education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation.” The College “draws strength from Judeo-Christian values… [and] prepares students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens with a zeal to enrich human life.” Catawba College has purposefully chosen to remain a four-year institution with roots firmly planted in the liberal arts tradition. More than 70 academic fields of study are offered, including strong science and pre-professional programs, through the College’s five schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Performing Arts, and the School of Evening & Graduate Studies.
Three undergraduate degrees are offered at Catawba College, namely a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Science, as well as a single graduate degree, the Master of Education. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1928. Many of the disciplines on Catawba’s Campus offer internship opportunities, ranging from semester-long positions with local businesses, corporations, or governmental agencies to paid summer-long positions in a variety of industries.
Student LifeMore than 1,000 students are currently enrolled at Catawba College – the vast majority of which are undergraduate students. A residential college, approximately 85% of students choose to live on Catawba College’s campus during their first year. More than 40 student-led groups are registered on campus, including honor societies and special interest groups. Catawba College is known for its strong sense of community and faculty purposely seeks to foster a caring and engaging atmosphere in order to “challenge and support new students making the academic transition from high school to college.”
Classic Catawba traditions and activities include Catawba Late Nights and Family Weekends; homecoming and Wigwam productions (the College’s campus entertainment events); Service of Lessons and Carols, volunteer/service productions and more. Catawba College is a member of the South Athletic Conference and the College’s varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division II level. Catawba College’s athletic sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis, men’s baseball and football and women’s softball and volleyball.