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High School Students


How To Apply

  1. Apply online
    (no application fee!)

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  2. Each candidate must submit the following items directly to the Office of Admissions:
    1. A completed application for admission (view admission requirements);

    2. An official copy of the student's high school transcript, a High School Equivalency Diploma OR a certified Adult High School Diploma;

    3. One of the following two items:
      1. An official copy of scores on either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT - CEEB code #5103) or the American College Testing Program (ACT - CEEB code #3080); 
        - OR -
      2. Co-Curricular Resume
        (For students with a 3.25 GPA or higher who are interested in the Test Optional Program)

    4. Recommended (required for test optional students)- Letter of Recommendation from core subject teacher or school counselor.

    5. Students applying via the Test Optional Program must submit 500-600 word essay* (about a page in length) on one of topics below. E-mail essays to

      1. Catawba College seeks to embody the ideals of Scholarship (academic pursuits), Character (ethical behavior), Culture (exposure to artistic endeavors), and Service (campus and community outreach). Our campus community of students, faculty and staff share these core values. Please reflect on these four ideals and tell us which one (1) of these resonates most strongly with you and why. As a prospective member of the Catawba community, how do you hope to "live" your chosen ideal?

      2. If you were assured you would not fail, what endeavor would you attempt?

      3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again knowing what you know now? Why or why not?


        *The essay is required for test-optional applicants. We will accept a graded written paper in lieu of essay, if student prefers.

    6. ZeeMee (optional) - Catawba has partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life! We are committed to reviewing every applicant as a unique individual. Simply copy and paste your link into your Catawba application or submit via the Admission Portal. Sign up today at!


Forms for Download

Download our Application for Admission and mail to:

Office of Admissions
2300 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC  28144

Related Forms:


To Apply for Financial Assistance

Please follow the procedures below:

  1. Once you have applied for admission, our Office of Financial Aid will forward information to you including a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and submit it online as soon as possible after January 1st of the year you intend to enter college. Our FAFSA code is 002914.

  3. Once you have been accepted to Catawba College and we have received the valid results of your FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid will process your financial aid package.

  4. Throughout the spring, we will send reminders regarding the status of your financial aid file if you are missing information or your file is incomplete.

  5. Please sign and return all necessary forms requested by the Office of Financial Aid in a timely manner. If you do not plan to apply for financial aid, please notify our Office of Financial Aid by completing the Financial Aid Waiver at