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Requirements for Freshmen Admission

Recommended High School Coursework

All students must present a minimum of 16 high school units of which 12 must be academic core subjects and/or designated as college preparatory. It is recommended that each student successfully complete the following courses in high school: 


4 units

Mathematics (must include Algebra II or a higher level math)

3 units

Laboratory Science

3 units

Social Science

3 units

Foreign Language (highly recommended)

2 units


The Average Academic Profile
Middle 50% profile ranges for admitted Catawba Students are posted below. Bear in mind, these ranges are not minimums and maximums; they are a strong representation of the average academic profile. 

  • Weighted GPA: 3.11-4.04
  • Test Scores*:
    - SAT 910-1110 (Critical Reading & Math) 
    - ACT 19-24

    Catawba offers a Test Optional Admission Program for students with GPA’s of 3.25 or higher

Rolling Admission
Admission to Catawba is rolling. Rolling admission means you will receive an admissions decision within 2-3 weeks of completing your application file.  (See How to Apply for more details). We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible to ensure their best chance of admission.