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Ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the South, Catawba College offers 70 academic majors, in-depth career preparation and a remarkably supportive community where we inspire each other to become the best versions of ourselves.

For a small college, we inspire big dreams

Located in Salisbury, North Carolina, Catawba College is a small college (about 1,300 students) where professors, staff members and other students will encourage you to pursue big dreams. You will transform your ideas of what’s possible through classes, mentoring, internships, research, study abroad and service. The result? A clearer sense of your life’s work and the résumé to make it happen.

Up For A challenge?

At Catawba College, we will inspire you to excel intellectually. We'll encourage you to grow through small, interactive classes, research projects, fieldwork, dinners at professors’ homes, honors symposia, after-class discussions, competitions, travel courses, and the magic of our supportive community. 

In turn, Catawba students inspire the close-knit campus to witness their mastery of course materials, their successes, their personal growth and their grace and fortitude as they strive for individual excellence inside and outside of the classroom. 


Catawba College Graduate

Catawba College will empower you to successfully transform from a student to an employable and contributing member of the global community.  Here, you can discover a meaningful career and then equip yourself with the tools to really make it happen.

  • 96% of Catawba College graduate survey respondents are employed or pursuing further education within 12 months of graduation.
  • Catawba alumni are employed by organizations such as Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc., Barings Asset Management, BB&T, Deloitte, Downtown Salisbury, Inc., Proliance Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Disney and Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
  • Catawba is numbered among North Carolina's Highest Return on Investment Collegesaccording to Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online). Catawba ranked 15 of 35 N.C. colleges that show "consistent payoffs in the workplace" and as a top college in North Carolina with low net costs (tuition and fees) whose graduates earn top dollar over their lifetimes compared with non-degree holders.
Catawba College Graduate

Catawba College will inspire you to think harder, write more, and engage more ideas than you ever thought possible. Through your efforts to achieve your personal bests, you will become an inspiration to others.

  • Catawba College’s Honor’s Program offers interdisciplinary courses, travel, service opportunities and the opportunity to complete a thesis and academic portfolio.
  • Catawba College offers you the chance to complete individual research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and other programs and present their work at regional and national conferences.
  •  Catawba College is again included In the Creative Colleges guidebook as a college option for arts majors across the board.
Catawba College Graduate

Catawba College will embrace you as part of its true, engaged community, where everyone is encouraged to expand their sense of what’s possible. Personal connections, meaningful interactions and a supportive campus will all contribute to your sense of belonging here.

  • “At Catawba, you form your own opinions, find yourself and figure out what’s best for you. The community is diverse, and professors here push you and support you and help you discover what you think rather than gravitating toward some norm.” Ashley Bornkamp, ’20, Accounting major
  • Catawba College welcomes more traditionally under-represented students than most private colleges. About 31 percent of Catawba’s student body are students of color.
  • Catawba College is a member of the nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity's (CSO) community of nearly 200 College Partners committed to supporting first-generation college students on campus.


A Strength of Tradition Since 1851.

The vitality of Catawba College lies in its tradition of strong academic programs; sensitive, concerned but demanding faculty; diverse students who share a seriousness of purpose; successful, loyal graduates and informed, committed trustees.

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