Rankings & Recognitions

We're very proud to be ranked as one of the best colleges of our type in the nation.

View our current college rankings below:


U.S. News & World Report 's Best Colleges

For the sixth straight year, Catawba College is ranked among the  Top 10 Best Colleges in the South, according to the 2022 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report.


Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of 2022-2023 / Colleges of North Carolina

Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Catawba College earned the school recognition among the nation's Colleges of Distinction. Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, Catawba College has also been honored for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in Business and Education.


The Princeton Review's Best Colleges

Ranking - Princeton Review's Best 387 Colleges

Catawba College is again cited as one of the nation's best colleges in The Princeton Review's Best 387 Colleges guide 2022 edition


Forbes' Grateful Graduates Index 

Catawba College continues to be among only a handful of North Carolina institutions making Forbes' Grateful Graduates Index 2019, the most recent year (pre-pandemic) that Forbes published its annual Index. In N.C., Catawba ranked 106 on the index which ranks the best long-term value or return on investment (ROI) of the top private, not-for-profit colleges with more than 500 students. The Index evaluates the value of a four-year college education on just one variable, alumni giving, and ranks colleges that best produce happy and successful grads who give back.


The Princeton Review's "Great College Theatre" List

Catawba is recognized as one of only 50 institutions included in the The Princeton Review's list of schools with Great College Theater based on student ratings of their campus theater productions. This reflects Catawba’s longstanding recognition by The Princeton Review of our strong theater program.


N.C.'s Best Value Colleges

Catawba is ranked 19th among private colleges in North Carolina as one of the 30 best value colleges and universities in the state in 2021 by Online Communications' BestValueSchools.com.


Best Colleges in North Carolina

Niche.com rated Catawba as one of the Best Colleges in North Carolina in its 2022 listing.


Best Psychology Degrees

Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small colleges for a psychology degree in the U.S. by Best Psychology Degrees.


Most Affordable Sports Management Degrees

Catawba was ranked among the most affordable small southern colleges for a Sports Management degree in the U.S. by Sports-Management-Degrees.com.