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Catawba College included in The Princeton Review Best 386 Colleges Guide 2021 Edition

August 19, 2020

Category: Academics, Students

princeton-review2020.jpgCatawba College is again cited as one of the nation’s best colleges in The Princeton Review Best 386 Colleges Guide 2021 edition.

“The Princeton Review acknowledges what we at Catawba know to be true – that Catawba College is an extraordinary learning community,” shared Catawba President Dr. David Nelson. “We hope many prospective students will find their way home to Catawba and here discover their future.”

In addition to being selected as one of the best 386 colleges, Catawba was recognized again as a best college in the Southeastern region and a Green College for their efforts in sustainability. 

Catawba’s profile in the publications includes a Green rating of 97 out of possible scores ranging from 60-99, and an 86 Quality of Life rating for campus life, consistent with the last year’s rating for the same. 

Catawba students who were surveyed for the “Students Say” section of Catawba’s profile in the guide, reported faculty “always make sure the students understand the material,” and “enjoy conversing with interested, engaged students both in and out of class.” Furthermore, “each one was always there when I needed advice or one on one help,” says a student of the faculty, which cultivates a “family-oriented feeling.” 

Regarding life on campus, Catawba students surveyed said activities are offered on campus providing a vast variety of activities and opportunities for student involvement, and these are well-taken advantage of according to students. “The student activities group is always doing something,” which gives all students the “opportunity to find a place where they can grow.”  

Lastly, the guide highlighted Catawba’s close relationship with the City of Salisbury by adding, “the college and the town are very active together.” Downtown Salisbury is close enough that students can visit relatively easily as many local businesses offer discounts to Catawba students through the Catawba Partners program.

The Princeton Review Best 386 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 143,000 students at 386 top colleges that includes a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the guidebook has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories as well as ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories. For more information on the rankings and methodology visit

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