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Our newest majors and concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Nursing, Masters in STEM Education, Integrated Marketing and Communication, Sports Communication, Worship Arts, and Christian Ministries.

Catawba College was featured in
the October 2016 issue of
Our State Magazine.

Distinctive to Catawba are music business and popular music majors, a sustainable business and community development major, a theatre arts education major, and an accredited athletic training major.

Our most popular majors:
Business Administration, Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Arts Administration.


logo-ceed.pngCatawba's new Center for Entrepreneurship and Experiential Development (CEED) is designed to integrate academic excellence, creativity, innovation, and hands-on experience. This program gives students a detailed understanding of, and necessary skills, to run a small business, to launch their own venture, to take a leadership role in a venture, or to take on an intrapreneurial role in a mature organization. 


logo-discover.pngThe new DISCOVER program will educate middle and senior high school youth about theology and ministry and help prepare the next generation of leadership for the Church. This program will challenge youth during this formative time in their lives to engage in careful theological and moral reflection and activity.


stars-collage.jpgStars on Campus: Check out who has been on the Catawba College campus recently...

Catawba's Ritchie Academy for Teaching offers generous scholarships to prospective teachers with no repayment stipulation.

rkg-first2.pngCatawba was one of only 20 Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) member institutions to receive a $100,000 grant through the CIC/Walmart College Success Awards to fund programs designed to increase retention and support the education of first-generation college students. Catawba recently joined the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity's (CSO) growing community of nearly 200 College Partners as a commitment to supporting first-generation college students on campus.


Our newest scholarships include:


rkg-usnews.pngCatawba is ranked 4th among the nation's BEST Regional Colleges in the South, according to the 2017 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report




Catawba College is ranked 9th in the nation for "Best College Theater" according to the Princeton Review's 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges."  Catawba is also cited as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.



Catawba is one of only 20 North Carolina public and private institutions included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges 2015," and moved up 28 places on their list of the 650 best undergraduate colleges. This is the fourth consecutive year that Catawba has been named a top college by Forbes.  


Catawba is ranked among North Carolina's Highest Return on Investment Colleges, according to Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online). Catawba ranked 15 of 35 N.C. colleges that show "consistent payoffs in the workplace" and ranked as a top college in North Carolina "with low net costs (tuition and fees), and whose graduates earn top dollar over their lifetimes when compared with non-degree holders."


Catawba was one of only four institutions in North Carolina making  the Top 100 list in Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index 2016. The other NC institutions were Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Davidson College. The Index ranks the best long-term value, or return-on-investment (ROI) of the top private, not-for profit colleges enrolling more than 1,000 students.

rkg-safestcolleges.pngCatawba is also ranked sixth among private colleges in N.C. as one of the 30 best value colleges and universities in the state in 2015 by Online Communications'

Catawba is also cited as "One of the Safest Colleges in North Carolina," according to


Catawba's Theatre Arts program was ranked 9th on the list for "Best College Theater" for 2017.

Again this year, Catawba has been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools for 2017.


rkg-sportmgmt.pngrkg-psych.pngCatawba was ranked among the most affordable small colleges for a psychology degree in the U.S. by Best Psychology Degrees.


Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small southern colleges for a Sports Management degree in the U.S. by



Catawba was ranked 8th out of the 20 Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree in 2016-2017 by Best Value Schools.




Catawba is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. Catawba was named again to The Princeton Review's 2016 Green Colleges.

Washington Monthly magazine released its 2016 College Guide and Rankings in August and Catawba College is included in that publication's baccalaureate college rankings. Catawba is one of the institutions the magazine cites as delivering the "best bang for the buck."

Catawba's Admissions website was ranked among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The site was recognized in the 14th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities. starbucks.jpg

Members of the campus community can now pick up their Starbucks® espressos, frappuccinos, lattes, teas and coffees in the renovated grill and snack bar area located in the Cannon Student Center.

Catawba's Center for the Environment partners annually with the Rocky Mountain Institute to host a National Environmental Youth Summit on campus, open to high school juniors and seniors.

Catawba boasts a 189-acre ecological preserve adjacent to campus and a 300-acre wildlife refuge several miles from campus where students conduct research and gain valuable field experience.


Catawba added a Winter term to allow students the option of taking a class, often with a travel component, between fall and spring semesters.

Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values helps make ethics and service integral parts of students' lives through values dinners, leadership retreats and coordinated volunteer opportunities.

Catawba added Women's Lacrosse to its 17 other NCAA Division II athletic teams.

Catawba has a marching band, the Catawba PRIDE.