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Rankings & Recognitions

rankedhigher.jpg"We're very proud to be ranked as one of the best colleges of our type in the nation."  - President Brien Lewis


In fact, Catawba was ranked higher in both of the latest U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" and Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" guides.

View our current college rankings below:


U.S. News & World Report 's Best Colleges

Catawba College remains #4 Best Regional College - South, according to the 2019 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report.


The Princeton Review 's Best Colleges

Catawba College is again cited as one of the nation's best colleges in The Princeton Review Best 384 Colleges guide 2019 edition.


Forbes' America's Top Colleges

Catawba is once again listed among the North Carolina public and private institutions included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges 2016,"  on their list of the 660 best undergraduate colleges. This is the sixth consecutive year that Catawba has been named a top college by Forbes.


Forbes' Grateful Grads Index

For five years running, Catawba is one of only four institutions in North Carolina making  the Top 100 list in Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index 2017. The other North Carolina institutions were Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Davidson College. The Index ranks the best long-term value, or return-on-investment (ROI) of the top private, not-for profit colleges enrolling more than 1,000 students.


N.C.'s Best Value Colleges

Catawba is ranked 19th among private colleges in North Carolina as one of the 30 best value colleges and universities in the state in 2018 by Online Communications' 


Colleges of Distinction

Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Catawba College earned the school recognition among the nation's Colleges of Distinction. Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, Catawba College has also been honored for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in Business and Education.


Best Colleges & Universities in North Carolina

Catawba ranked #16 among the best colleges and universities in North Carolina by College Consensus.


N.C.'s Safest Colleges

Catawba was cited among the "Safest Colleges in North Carolina" in 2018. The ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.


Among the "Best Bang for the Buck" Colleges

Catawba College continues to be heralded as one of the country’s colleges that delivers the “Best Bang for the Buck,” according to the 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings released the final week of August. Catawba was ranked 93 among of 279 higher education institutions across the Southeast in this category, because it “helps non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”


The Princeton Review's "Best College Theater"

Catawba is ranked 17th on the 2018 list for "Best College Theater" according to The Princeton Review in its annual college guide of "The Best 382 Colleges."


Best Music Schools

Again this year, Catawba has been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools  for 2017.

We are also ranked #2 among the Top Colleges for Music Majors in N.C. by Zippia.


Top Colleges for Biology Majors

Catawba was ranked 6th among the Top Colleges for Biology Majors in North Carolina, according to Zippia.


Best Psychology Degrees

Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small colleges for a psychology degree in the U.S. by Best Psychology Degrees.


Most Affordable Sports Management Degrees

Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small southern colleges for a Sports Management degree in the U.S. by


The Princeton Review's Green Colleges

Catawba is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. Catawba was named again to The Princeton Review's 2017 Green Colleges.


Creative Colleges

In the 2017 edition of "Creative Colleges," Catawba College is again included as one of the college options for all arts majors across the board. This guidebook contends that students are 100% unique, and their college should be too.