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New Student Checklist


Required Students




Pay  Enrollment Deposit

ALL Incoming Students

Pay online or mail to: Catawba College - Office of Admissions, 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144

By May 1 or within Two Weeks of Acceptance


ALL Incoming Students 

If you have not done so, file the FAFSA for the opportunity to receive need-based aid. FAFSA Code: 002914

After October 1

Accept Financial Aid Package

ALL Incoming Students

Log in to your Catlink account to accept/decline financial awards for the 2015-2016 academic year.

After Award Notification (Spring)

Apply for Housing

All Residential Students

Submit the campus housing form to secure your spot in one of our campus residence halls.

Immediately Upon Deposit

Register for Preview Day

All Incomng Freshmen 

Exclusive event for Accepted and Deposited freshmen. As a deposited student, you will have the opportunity to pre-register for classes and receive your official student ID.

2017 Event Dates: April 8 and April 29

Register for a Freshman Retreat

ALL Incoming Freshmen

Sign up for a two-day retreat to the mountains or lake retreat center designed to orient you to your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff before the start of the year.

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Immediately Upon Deposit; Register Early

Register for First-Year Seminar

ALL Incoming Freshman & Transfers w/ Less Than 18 Semester Hours of College-Level Coursework

Choose the first-year seminar class that is most intriguing to you.

July 1

Catawba Advantage Workshops

All Support FYS & Conditional Admit Students - Invited students should have received an e-mail and/or note on their acceptance letter about this event.

Register for the three-day workshop that is designed to help you get a head-start in building skills that will allow you to succeed at Catawba.

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Register As Soon As Possible Upon Request

Tuition, Room & Board Billing

ALL Incoming Students

Review the bill that was mailed to you from the business office and either pay your balance or sign up for a pay plan.

First Payment Due by July 1

(If admitted or deposited after July 1, first payment is due upon arrival for First-Year Orientation.)

Health History & Physical Exam Forms

ALL Incoming Students

Complete and submit the health history form, immunization history forms (parts I-II), and physical examination form.

July 22

Athletic Health Forms

All Athletes

Refer to the link for specific forms and directions. All athletic health forms should be submitted to Bob Casmus.

Upon Arrival to Campus for Pre-Season Activity or Orientation

Insurance Requirement

ALL Incoming Students

If the student already has health insurance, s/he must submit an Insurance Waiver and a copy of the appropriate insurance card. Students that are not already insured must sign up for insurance with Catawba and will be billed by the business office accordingly.

August 12

Submit Final Transcripts

ALL Incoming Students

Freshman have final transcripts sent to the Catawba College Admissions Office directly from your high school and college (if dual enrolled). Transfers should have final high school transcripts and final college transcripts sent directly from your institutions.


August 12

AP/IB Exam Scores

All Entering Students Hoping to Satisfy College Credit with AP Courses

Have scores sent from the testing center to our registrar's office.

August 12

New Student Orientation

ALL Incoming Students

Move in to your dormitory and attend sessions such as: welcoming assembly, class registration, meet and greets, FYI parent sessions, placement tests, major information meetings, campus employment workshop, common reading discussion, club fair, convocation, etc.

Event Dates: August 12-15


ALL Incoming Students

Register for the notification system that alerts the college community to any emergencies affecting the campus.

August 12

Summer Common Reading

ALL Incoming Freshman & Transfers w/ Less Than 18 Semester Hours of College-Level Coursework

Read the selection that will provide a discussion base in First Year Seminar and other programs throughout your first year at Catawba.

August 12

Hold Codes

ALL Students

Check for hold codes on your student account that may prevent you from registering for classes if not cleared.

Check for Holds

August 13


ALL Incoming Students

Register your car with public safety and obtain a parking pass.

Upon Arrival to Campus

Meal Plan

All Residential and Interested Commuting Students

Adjust your meal plan according to your needs. Note: All residential students are required to have a meal plan.

Requests for non-default plans must be submitted by the Fall drop/add date.