campus wide alert

Admissions Process

Questions:

  1. What does Catawba require for SAT and/or ACT scores?
  2. What is the minimum GPA required for acceptance?
  3. Does Catawba require the written SAT/ACT sub test?
  4. Does Catawba accept AP & IB credit?
  5. Does Catawba have an application deadline?
  6. Can I pay my deposit online?
  7. How long will it take to receive an admissions decision
  8. Can I visit before I am accepted?
 

Answers:

  1. What does Catawba require for SAT and/or ACT scores?  
    Generally, students admitted to Catawba have test scores that fall within the middle 50% ranges below:

    - SAT 910-1110 (Critical Reading & Math) 
    - ACT 19-24

    These ranges are not minimums and maximums; they are a good representation of the middle half of accepted Catawba students. For context, approximately 25% of students accepted to Catawba have test scores that are above SAT 1110/ACT 24 and 25% of accepted students have scores below SAT 910/ACT 19. 

    * Any freshman with a 3.25 weighted high school GPA or higher is eligible to apply for admission under the Test Optional program These students do not need to submit test scores until they have been admitted and decide to enroll at Catawba.

  2. What is the minimum GPA required for acceptance?
    Catawba uses a student’s weighted high school GPA for admission consideration. The middle 50% Weighted GPA range for admitted students 3.11-4.04.

  3. Does Catawba require the written SAT/ACT sub test?
    Catawba does not require the students to present a writing score for admission consideration.  

  4. Does Catawba accept AP & IB credit?
    We do!  We offer Catawba credit based on your official examination scores. Catawba strongly encourages students to opt for the most rigorous curriculum offered in their high school. Often that means taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework. Both tracks provide excellent preparation for college. In order to receive Catawba credit, students must send their official examination results.  For details about specific credit offered, visit the AP & IB Credit page.

  5. Does Catawba have an application deadline?
    Our priority deadline is March 15, but admission to Catawba is rolling. That means the sooner you submit your application and all supporting documents, the sooner you will receive an admissions decision from Catawba. We encourage students to apply for admission as soon as possible during the summer immediately preceding or the fall of their senior year of high school. As space in the class becomes limited, admission to Catawba can become more selective. Any applications received after March 15, will be considered on a space available basis. 

  6. Can I Pay My Deposit Online?
    Yes, your $250 enrollment deposit can be paid online at www.catawba.edu/deposit. We encourage you to pay your deposit as early as possible. Paying your enrollment deposit secures your place in the class. Housing assignments are also made based on the order your enrollment deposit is received.   May 1 is the national date to commit to a college and pay your enrollment deposit.  Students admitted after May 1 should pay their enrollment deposit within two weeks of their admission. If you are unable to pay your deposit by the May 1 deadline or have questions about the deposit, please contact your admissions counselor. 

  7. How long will it take to receive an admissions decision?
    Once all of your application materials are submitted, we are generally able to provide an admissions decision within 2-3 weeks.

  8. Can I visit before I am accepted?
    Of course! We welcome students to visit at any point during the college search/application process. If you have begun your application, you can even bring application materials with you to turn in during your visit.

 

Questions not answered here?
E-mail us your question and one of our admissions counselors will contact you soon with an answer.