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Commuter Connect.

Engaging and supporting commuter students.

Mission Statement: 

Did you know that approximately 1 out of every 5 students here at Catawba are commuters?

Many students often feel being a commuter puts them at a disadvantage, however, at Catawba, you can be just as part of the Catawba Community as residential students. This page serves as a resource for all commuter students at Catawba to provide information about campus involvement, academic support, and personal enrichment.

Tips for Commuter Students

Events & Activities

  • Don’t be afraid to join activities around campus even if it’s not related to your major.
  • Performance hour on Wednesdays is a nice way to support and connect with classmates. 

The Third Place:

  • Lockers are available  
  • Water is $0.50 (a life saver!)
  • Coffee, tea, and cookies are free 
  • Microwave (tip: there is also one in the Lounge)

Academic Success:

  • Find a mentor (either within or outside your major)/build relationships with your professors
  • Speak in class, even if no one else is (break that social norm)
  • Student success coaching and counseling is always available!


  • Know alternate routes to get to campus in case there are traffic problems
  • Rely on Google Maps or similar app to plan route to campus (see above tip)

For Your Car:

  • Always keep an umbrella in your car.
  • A sun visor for your car is a great way to keep it at a lower temperature while parked.      
  • Other items to keep in your car: hairbrush, phone charger, and snacks.

Weather and/or Cancellations:

  • Before leaving home, check your Catawba email and Blackboard announcements in case classes are cancelled
  • Email your professors if there is bad weather. Most will understand and would rather you stay at home and be safe rather than risk your safety. 
  • Sign up for CatawbAlerts to get notified of weather, closings, and more.

Get InvolvedBecome part of the Advisory Board. For more information, please contact Dr. Klebaur at