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What will you get from your Catawba College education? Transformative ideas about yourself and your life’s work. Relevant career preparation. And the confidence that comes from being part of a supportive community where give-and-take is a way of life.

We do career inspiration.

At Catawba College, we will inspire you to discover your passions and professional direction through faculty mentoring and career services  opportunities that begin your freshman year.

We do epic experiences, so you can do you.

Catawba offers an enormous range of transformative internships, research and creative opportunities, service learning, and study abroad options, so you can discover what you love (or not so much!) and create a fulfilling life. 

The Facts


Did You Know?

It's a fact! 99.1% of recent Catawba College graduates go into a career or graduate school. You truly can transform your future and what's possible with Catawba.


Experiential and Internship Opportunities


Catawba College will empower you to transform your idea of what’s possible for your life. Intern at Disney World — or a Big Four accounting firm. Get a scholarship to take a travel class to Cuba, Israel, Poland, and other locales or study abroad in your country of choice. Win a regional research competition. Volunteer as a future healthcare professional in Peru or serve in Salisbury. Catawba gives you the chance to experience the world, so you are ready to work in the real world after you graduate!

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Young Catawba alumni are pursing continuing educational opportunities. Catawba graduates have been accepted at graduate and professional schools at Duke University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Edinburgh, among many others.



Catawba offers 70-plus fields of study, including pre-professional programs in Pre-Health (Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and other allied health fields), Pre-Law, and Pre-Med.



Benefits & Services for Catawba Alumni

Once a Catawban, always a Catawban! Whether connecting through the alumni magazine, attending Homecoming, or using Catawba’s Career Services resources, you are a member of the Catawba family for life.

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Notable Alumni

Catawba College alumna Jasika Nicole Pruitt ‘02

Jasika Nicole Pruitt ‘02

Actress and Illustrator

Pruitt studied theatre, dance, voice and studio art at Catawba. She is best known for playing Astrid Farnsworth on "Fringe" and in the film "Take the Lead" with Antonio Banderas. She has many other television credits under her belt, as well as television commercials, regional theatre and even the New York stage. 

"Allow yourselves to get swept up in the beautiful, unexpected moments of your life without losing sight of what makes you feel both happy and whole. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Relish in the journey of your story, and remember to write in pencil."

Catawba College alumnus Ryan G. Dayvault '08

Ryan G. Dayvault '08

Kannapolis City Councilman

While at Catawba, Dayvault was involved in SGA, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Order of the Blue and White, Political Science Association, Phi Epsilon Honor Society, and the College Republicans.

"The Catawba community invites all students, regardless of residential status, to be involved with campus organizations that all lead to greater fellowship and lifetime friendships."

Catawba College alumnus Bob Rathbun '76, Sports Television Announcer, Professional Motivational Speaker and Author

Bob Rathbun '76

Sports Television Announcer, Professional Motivational Speaker and Author

Rathbun was inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and had his first taste of the profession at age 12 when he called an American Legion game at Newman Park, Catawba's baseball field.

Catawba College alumnus Chris 'YUNG Citizen' Williams  '12

Chris 'YUNG Citizen' Williams '12

Music Producer and Performer

"Catawba College was nothing but wonderful to me. I had the best time of my life as a Music major, specifically in Music Business. The faculty prepared us mentally for the real world when it came to the music industry. I can't thank Catawba College enough for their guidance."

Catawba College alumna Tara LaRosa '04

Tara LaRosa '04

American Mixed Martial Artist and Grappler

LaRosa became the first and only BodogFight Women's Bantamweight Champion; LaRosa played Field Hockey at Catawba while earning her BS in Physical Education. She was also a member of Catawba's Judo Club.

Catawba College alumnus Dennis Reed '06

Dennis Reed '06

Singer, Songwriter, Community Leader Activist, Founder of Inspire the Fire 

Reed, currently Catawba's Artist-In-Residence, won the BMI Foundation's 9th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Award in 2006 soon after earning his Music Business degree from Catawba. His non-profit organization ITF helps provide students with the opportunity to enhance their skills in the arts whether that is singing, dancing, visual arts, or one of the many other areas included in the arts.


Catawba College alumnus William L. Swing '56

William L. Swing '56

Director General of the International Organization for Migration; Six-time United States Ambassador

Swing now lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where he serves as the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He was awarded the "Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany" in 2014 by German President Joachim Gauck, marking the 60th anniversary of relations between Germany and the IOM.

Catawba College alumnus Tim Hawley '00, Bass Master

Tim Hawley '00

Bass Master

Hawley played on the Catawba Football team for two years before deciding to switch to fishing every day. 

"If it weren't for those early years at Catawba and fishing on High Rock, there is absolutely a zero chance that I would be where I am at today."