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 Before Orientation


Required Students




Pay Enrollment Deposit

ALL Incoming Students

Pay online or mail to:
Catawba College - Office of Admissions, 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144

By May 1 or within Two Weeks of Acceptance


ALL Incoming Students 

If you have not done so, file the FAFSA for the opportunity to receive need-based aid.
FAFSA Code: 002914

After October 1

Accept Financial Aid

ALL Incoming Students

Log in to your CatLink account to accept/decline financial awards.

After Award Notification (Spring)

Apply for Housing

All Residential Students

Submit the campus housing form to secure your spot in one of our campus residence halls.

Immediately Upon Deposit

Summer Reading

ALL Incoming Freshman &
Transfers w/ Less Than 18
Semester Hours of
College-Level Coursework
Students will study Plato's Meno  

New Student Orientation

All Incoming Students

Move in to your residence hall and attend sessions such as: welcoming assembly, meet and greets, FYI parent sessions, major information meetings, campus employment workshop, club fair, convocation, etc.

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Register for a Freshman

ALL Incoming Freshmen (Summer Orientation Only)

Sign up for a two-day retreat to the mountains or lake retreat center designed to orient you to your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff before the start of the year.

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Immediately Upon Deposit; Register Early

Insurance Requirement

ALL Incoming Students

If the student already has health insurance, s/he must submit an Insurance Waiver (available June 15) and a copy of the appropriate insurance card. Students that are not already insured must sign up for insurance with Catawba and will be billed by the business office accordingly.

August 17

Tuition, Room &
Board Billing

ALL Incoming Students

Bills are mailed in June. Review your statement and either pay your balance or sign up for a pay plan. Payment plans can be set up on student's Catlink account under the money tab.

Help with your Statement

First Payment Due by July 15

(If admitted or deposited after July 15, first payment is due upon arrival for First-Year Orientation.)


Health History &
Physical Exam Forms

ALL Incoming Students

Complete and submit the health history form, immunization history forms (parts I-II), and physical examination form.

July 21

Athletic Health Forms

All Athletes

Refer to the link for directions and complete the Athletic Trainer System (ATS) Portal.

Complete Athletic Health Forms

Upon Arrival to Campus for Pre-Season Activity or Orientation

Submit Final Transcripts
and Official Test Scores
(ACT and/or SAT)

All  Incoming Students

Freshman and Transfers with credits under 24 hours should have final transcripts sent to the Catawba College Admissions Office directly from your high school and college (if dual enrolled). Transfers should have final high school transcripts and final college transcripts sent directly from your institutions.

Official test score should be sent to the Catawba College Admissions Office from College Board or ACT directly. (transfers with under 24 credit hours will need to send these as well)


August 1

Official AP/IB Exam

All Entering Students
Hoping to Satisfy
College Credit with
AP Courses

Have scores sent from the testing center to our registrar's office.

August 17

Hold Codes

ALL Students

Check for hold codes on your student account that may prevent you from registering for classes if not cleared.

Freshman students: Your Student Success Coach can help you.

Don't know your Student Success Coach? Email the team at

Check for Holds

August 1

Register Your Vehicle

ALL Students

All residential and commuter students must register their vehicle and receive a parking decal.

Upon Arrival