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International Students

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How to Apply

  1. Request an application by writing or calling:


    Office of Admissions
    Catawba College
    2300 West Innes Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144-2488

    Phone:
    (704) 637-4402 or toll-free, 1-800-CATAWBA, or internationally, (704) 637-4402. The country code for the United States is 01.
    Fax: (704) 637-4222
    E-mail: admission@catawba.edu

  2. Apply online (no application fee!)

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  3. Each candidate must submit the following items directly to the Office of Admissions:
    1. The completed application for admission;
    2. An official college transcript (a notarized English translation is required when records are in another language) from every institution of higher learning that the student has attended;
    3. An official copy of the student's high school transcript (a notarized English translation is required when records are in another language), a High School Equivalency Diploma or a certified Adult High School Diploma;
    4. Certificate of Finances form published by the College Entrance Examination Board along with supporting financial documentation
    5. Official test scores (see below)

  4. The Secondary School Report form completed jointly by you and your counselor. We will accept a letter of recommendation instead of the secondary school report form.

  5. A 500-600 word essay (one and a half pages) on one of the following topics:

    • If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
    • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • If you were assured you would not fail, what endeavor would you attempt?
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision twice?
    • Imagine that you have all the money that you need to live comfortably and the skill set to work in or create any career you so desired. What would that career be? Why are you interested in it?
      *We will accept a graded paper in lieu of essay, if student prefers

Applications for Download
Download our Application for Admission and mail to:

Office of Admissions
2300 West Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Related items:
Intention to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit


International Admissions Requirements
Admission to Catawba College is open to qualified students from all nations. Students who are able to provide evidence of suitable academic preparation and adequate financial resources are eligible to apply at least three months prior to the term in which they plan to begin their studies. For general application criteria, please refer to the section entitled "How to Apply."

International students are not eligible for federal financial assistance. Catawba College offers scholarships that range from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on the students' academic credentials. International students must send in a $4,000 deposit once they are accepted in order to be issued an I-20.

Those students from nations where English is the native language must have at least one of the following to be considered for admissions:

  1. A combined S.A.T. score of 900 with at least 450 on the verbal section.
  2. An A.C.T. score of at least 18.
  3. Above average scores on the "0" level or "A" level examination in the British system schools or their equivalent in Northern Ireland or Scotland.
  4. If wishing to transfer from a foreign university must have transcript evaluated by World Educational Services, Inc. Please contact the Admissions Office for additional information.

Students from nations where English is not the native language must meet at least one of the following requirements to be considered for admissions:

  1. Complete Level 109 from an English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) Inc. language center.
  2. Score a minimum of 525 on the T.O.E.F.L. (Computer equivalent of 197).
  3. Score a minimum of 5.5 on the I.E.L.T.S.
  4. Score a minimum of "3" on the A.P.I.E.L.
  5. Score 450 or more on the verbal section of the International Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  6. Have a combined 2.000 G.P.A. with no grade below a "C" in two English composition courses from an A.A.C.R.A.O. accredited college or university.
  7. If wishing to transfer from a foreign university must have transcript evaluated by World Educational Services, Inc. Please contact the Admissions Office for additional information.

All international students' secondary school credentials are subject to the acceptable criteria stated from heir individual country in the A.A.C.R.A.O. world education series, governed by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Education Credentials, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.