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What's New


  • Our newest majors and concentrations: Integrated Marketing and Communication, Sports Communication, Worship Arts, and Christian Ministries.

  • 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.

  • Stars 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.

  • Catawba 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. rkg-first2.pngCatawba 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:
  • Catawba is ranked 16th among the nation's BEST Regional Colleges in the South, according to the 2015 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report

  • rkg_pr-review.pngAgain this year, Catawba is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s new 2015 edition of "The Best 379 Colleges."

  • rkg_forbes.pngCatawba is one of only 20 North Carolina public and private institutions included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges 2014," and is ranked 165 among colleges in the South, 381 on the list of private colleges, and 599 among 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 six institutions in the Carolinas making Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index 2014. The Index ranks the best long-term value, or return-on-investment (ROI) of the top 100 private, not-for profit colleges enrolling more than 1,000 students.

  • 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 of 2015.

  • Catawba is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Catawba was named again to The Princeton Review's 2014 Green Colleges.

  • Washington Monthly magazine released its 2013 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 educating students for the good of the country.

  • 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.

  • env2.jpgCatawba 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 now has a marching band, the Catawba PRIDE.