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intl_flags2.jpgCatawba College welcomes qualified applicants for admission from all nations.

Catawba College welcomes qualified applicants for admission from all nations. Our small, close knit community quickly becomes a second home for international students.

Catawba provides many of the benefits you might expect at a larger university while providing an education rich in individual attention on a beautiful and safe residential campus. Students who are able to provide evidence of suitable academic preparation and adequate financial resources are encouraged to apply for admission at least three months prior to the term in which they plan to begin their studies. Applying early helps ensure adequate time to obtain your I-20 and acquire your student visa.

How to Apply  

Non- U.S Citizens applying for undergraduate admission must submit the following by July 1 for fall enrollment and by November 1 for spring enrollment:

    1. Completed undergraduate application:

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    2. Translated and Evaluated transcripts from all secondary/high school and post-secondary schools attended.
      • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated by an accredited international education evaluation organization. Our office prefers that you use SpanTran, however, you are welcome to use any NACES approved organization. Visit the SpanTran website to begin your application. If you have any questions please contact
    3. Official standardized test scores: either SAT, ACT, TOEL, or IELTS
    4. Letter of Recommendation (recommended)

For Students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary/ high school is English: SAT-I or ACT score is required.*

      • Catawba’s school code for the SAT is 5103 and for the ACT, it is 3080.

For Students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary/ high school is not English must meet at least on the following requirements to be considered for admission:

    1. Achieve a minimum score of 79 on the IBT TOEFL (Minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL)
    2. Score of a minimum of 60 on the IELTS
    3. Complete Level 112 from an ELS English Language Center
    4. Score a 450 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT-I

*Catawba offers a Test Optional admission program for students with an equivalent 3.25 grade point average or higher. If you would like to inquire about test optional admission, please visit our Test Optional website or contact admissions at


Student Visa Information

The following information is not required as part of your application for admission; however, it is required to obtain a student visa if a student is accepted and plans to enroll at Catawba:

    1. A PDF Color Photocopy of your passport ( required for all applicants from outside of the U.S)
    2. Completed Certificate of Finance Responsibility
    3. Original English translated bank statement from bank. Bank statement must be within 6 months of submission.
      • Statement must show the estimated out-of-pocket is available in the account
      • Sponsor's name must be present on the bank statement. 
    4. Catawba I-20 Forms

*Catawba reserves the right to request any documents that we deem necessary. Please note that any documents that are given to the college become the property of Catawba College. Per federal guidelines the college is required to keep all original documents.

Please note that the college is unable to begin the I-20 process until after the $250 enrollment deposit is paid. Please visit to pay your enrollment deposit. All I-20 documents must be submitted by July 1 for Fall enrollment and November 25th for Spring Enrollment. 

Students must schedule an appointment with the consulate in their home country to be considered for a visa. For more information on how to obtain your student visa, please visit



The cost of attendance at Catawba can be found under the Tuition & Fees section of the college website. Please note this amount does not include transportation costs, books, other assorted living expenses, and health insurance.

All Catawba students are required to have health insurance. Students will be charged for a school-sponsored health insurance plan or may waive this option if they are currently covered by a comparable insurance plan of their own. We strongly encourage students to contact Kathy Welborn in the Health Services Office to discuss your plan prior to filing your insurance waiver.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Non-U.S. Citizens are eligible for any merit or talent based Catawba scholarships, such as the Presidential or Trustee Scholarships, Access Grants, and Socratic Scholarships. International students may also qualify for Athletic, Music, and Performing Arts Scholarships.  All Catawba scholarship information can be found at


If you have questions that are not addressed in the following material, we strongly encourage you to contact the Admissions Office so we can personally walk you through the process. View FAQs »

The Admissions Team looks forward to serving you! Call us at 1-800-CATAWBA.