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Overview – Evening / Adult Program

A Unique Flexible Opportunity to Earn your Bachelor Degree


The Evening and Online Bachelor Degree Program at Catawba College serves busy working adults who want to earn a college degree in the evening or fully online. If a degree isn't your goal, you can take evening or online courses for professional development. Our flexible work-friendly format allows adult students to enroll as a full-time student while maintaining full-time employment.

If you are returning to school as an adult, our program is designed for you. Special advisers and orientation programs will help you get started.

The Majors

The Evening Adult Bachelor Degree Program offers three degrees with six majors:

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) is our flexible adult business bachelor degree with one or more of the following concentrations:

As a freshman, you can easily earn the flexible and versatile B.B.A. business administration management degree in four years by taking one course at a time. As a transfer student, you can transfer credits and earn your degree in as little as one year with a maximum transfer of 90 credit hours.

Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) in Birth-Kindergarten Education. The B.A.E. degree may be earned in two years after the completion of your associate degree, the A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education. You can complete it in less than two years if you wish to accelerate your studies, or if you have additional courses after your associate degree. We offer a licensure track to become a licensed lead teacher and a non-licensure track to work in a classroom alongside a lead teacher.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) for currently licensed RN nurses. The RN-BSN completion degree enhances your current knowledge, broadens your career options, and prepares you for broader levels of responsibility. You can earn your BSN degree through evening and online courses.

Frequently asked questions 


What Is The Format For The Evening / Adult Program?
We offer both face-to-face and fully online options. Most of our face-to-face courses are hybrid in a “block.” Most blocks are four weeks long. During each block there are five face-to-face classes, each Thursday evening and the last Monday evening (6:00-9:45 p.m.), with four online classes in between face-to-face classes. Some evening / adult courses meet every other Tuesday evenings, and most courses are also offered in a fully online format. Online sessions and courses can be completed from anyplace with internet. You can take one course at a time during evening hours, allowing you to balance home, work, and school. We also have two summer sessions, and one session over the Christmas / holiday break, each also four weeks long, so you can earn your degree faster.

What Is The Meaning Of Full-time Adult Student?
In order to be a full-time adult student, you must take 12 credit hours each semester which is four classes. You must register a "full-time" schedule at the beginning of a semester to be eligible for some forms of financial aid.

How Many Hours Are Required To Earn A Bachelor Degree?
Evening / online adult students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours to earn the Business, Education, or RN to BSN degrees.

How long will it take to complete my degree?
It depends on you. By taking 30 credit hours per year, you can easily complete the Business Management Administration degree in four years with no transfer credits. Many students transfer credit hours from other schools, so less time is required to complete the bachelor degree. We can transfer up to 90 hours into our degrees. If you are motivated, you could complete the business degree in 3 years with no transfer credits.

You can easily earn the Education degree in two years after completing the Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, and about 18 months if you are motivated to do so.

The RN to BSN degree typically takes one year of full-time study.

Can I finish my degree faster?
Yes. We offer four blocks in Fall and Spring, and two blocks in the Summer for a total of 10 blocks per year, plus a winter term. We also offer bi-weekly and online courses. You can complete 42-48 credits per year, and more with approval from your adviser.

Do I have to take online classes?
At this time, some courses are only offered online. However, if you prefer face-to-face courses, we can minimize your online courses to less than a handful.

How do I know what credits will transfer?
We can only give an official answer if you supply official transcripts. However, we can look at your plan of study or degree progress report or unofficial transcripts and give you an unofficial answer that will then be confirmed by official transcripts. As long as your official transcripts match your unofficial ones, you will receive the same number of transfer credits.

Do I need to supply all of my transcripts?
Yes, we will need original transcripts from all colleges and universities, even if you attended for less than a semester. Various state and federal guidelines and requirements require us to have all transcripts. We will also need your high school transcript, unless you have an A.A. or A.S. or A.D.N. degree and are not seeking any financial aid.

What if I didn’t do well at another school?
That’s ok. We don’t hold prior grades against you. You are admitted based on your potential, not your past. Many of our students started college earlier in life and weren’t focused on studies. Later on, they return as outstanding students. 

Can I drop a course after it starts without affecting my GPA?
Yes. The last day to withdraw is about 75% of the way through the course, which gives you plenty of time to understand the course requirements.

If I do not pass a course, how does it affect my GPA?
Catawba has “grade forgiveness” which means that you can retake a course and then the higher grade replaces the lower grade in calculating your GPA.

What if I am not a U.S. citizen?
As a private institution we do not discriminate against out-of-state or non-citizen students. If you have a non-U.S. college transcript, we will need to receive an official copy evaluated by World Educational Services or another accredited educational credential evaluator. If you are not planning on applying for financial aid, you are not required to provide any additional documentation to attend the evening program at Catawba College. If you have questions about documentation or your Visa, please contact us at 704-637-4463. Hispanic and Latino students may want to meet our Hispanic Coordinator.

How much does it really cost?
We don’t like surprises and fine print. Catawba is a tuition-based institution, and the current tuition is $379 per credit. Most courses are 3 credit hours, so your typical course is $1137. A full-time student will take 4 courses per semester, for a total of $4,548 per semester.  The only additional fee due Catawba is $25 per semester if you wish to park on campus. View additional tuition information.

Do you have scholarships for the adult evening and online program?
The evening and online program has a very different pricing structure from our day program, roughly 1/3 of the cost. In essence, all evening and online students are receiving a significant scholarship-type discount on their Catawba education, and most students qualify for financial aid. A recent review of schools in our showed that we were the 29th least expensive, representing tremendous value to our students. To bridge the remaining gap, we do offer the Transfer Excellence Award which is a scholarship for working adult transfer students from a North Carolina community college

Can I take courses at other institutions once I start at Catawba?
Yes, but transferring those credits towards your degree depends on two factors. First, you must complete your final 30 credit hours towards your degree through Catawba College. Second, any course taken elsewhere while a student at Catawba College must be pre-approved to transfer, a simple process of notifying the registrar and receiving confirmation that the course will transfer. If you wish to take courses beyond what will transfer, the other institution may require an acknowledgement of your student status and we can arrange that for you.

What is graduation like and do I have to attend?
In one word, it’s a celebration. You are not required to attend, but we hope you do. Many students bring 15-20 guests with them and the evening program graduation often has more audience celebration than the day program. We think you will want to be a part of it, and when the time comes, we will give you plenty of information on it.

When Can I Start the Evening / Online Adult Program?
We have 11 start dates a year for the evening / online adult bachelor degree program. You may begin your studies at the beginning of any block during any semester, which generally means any month except July.

What Else Do I Need to Know?
More specifics can be found on this next page full of details including detailed degree information, application and admitting process, credit transfers, financial aid, and everything you need to know to go from today through graduation. If you prefer, you can call us at 704-637-4772 with your questions, or email us with your questions or to set up a Skype or Google Hangout.

Please Note: Catawba College is located in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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