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Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department Highly Ranked in The Princeton Review's “The Best 357 Colleges” Guide

August 22, 2004

Category: Academics, Theatre Arts


If a strong theatre arts program is what you’re after, Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department ranks number two in the nation. That is according to the 2005 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 357 Colleges” guide which hit bookstands Tuesday, August 17.

In the 2004 edition of “The Best 351 Colleges” Guide, Catawba’s Theatre Arts program was ranked 11th in the country. Climbing nine rankings ahead in the new edition, Catawba’s program trails only Wagner College (located in Staten Island, N.Y.) in offering “Great College Theater,” according to the publication. Other institutions making the top 10 in this particular category include Emerson College, Stephens College, Drew University, Ithaca College, Sarah Lawrence College, Whitman College, Yale University, and Vassar College.

According to an explanation printed in “The Best 357 Colleges,” “…this guide represents our version of the cream of the crop – comprising the top 10 percent of all colleges in the nation – and our best 357.” Although institutional officials submit annual data concerning enrollment, tuition, financial assistance, and SAT averages, it is survey information provided by the students who attend a particular institution, which provide an insider’s view of a college or university.

Catawba College students who responded to the survey reported they were happy with both academics and the quality of life on campus, earning Catawba three out of four stars in both of these categories. Students reported that their most popular majors were business administration/management, drama and dramatics/theatre arts, and sports and fitness administration/management.

The guide notes that Catawba has a 15:1 student/faculty ratio, with its professors garnering a 94 percent rating in both accessibility and their ability to interest their students. Additionally, professors, and not assistants, teach all undergraduate courses.

Catawba students also noted that they liked “Small classes,” “Athletic facilities are great,” “Students are friendly,” “Everyone loves the Indians,” and “Theater is popular.”

Established in 1851, Catawba College is the sixth oldest college in North Carolina. A private, coeducational college affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Catawba has deliberately chosen to remain a four-year institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Its purpose is to enrich the educational experiences of students and to prepare these students for productive and meaningful lives of purpose following their graduation.