Catawba College: Narrative Description

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2300 West Innes St.
Salisbury, NC 28144-2488
Tel: (704)637-4111
Free: 800-CAT-AWBA
Admissions: 800-CAT-AWBA
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with United Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1851. Setting: 210-acre small town campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $29.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $101,750. Educational spending 2003-04: $5968 per student. Total enrollment: 1,395. Faculty: 109 (76 full-time, 33 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 842 applied, 63% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 37% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 1,319 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 56 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 16 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 15% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 29% 25 or older, 67% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $23,500 includes full-time tuition ($17,600) and college room and board ($5900). Full-time tuition varies according to class time. Part-time tuition: $475 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: United In Service, Catawba Guides, Blue Masque (drama), L'il Chiefs, Wigwam Productions. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 768 college housing spaces available; 652 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Corriher-Linn-Black Memorial Library plus 1 other with 112,447 books, 585,307 microform titles, 604 serials, 24,542 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $599,913. 97 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Salisbury was founded in 1753 and during the year 1781 the city served, at different times, as headquarters for both Cornwallis and Greene, British and patriot generals. Community facilities include numerous churches, a public library, hospitals, and various civic and service organizations. Recreational activities include golf, swimming, fishing, and other sports. Part-time employment is available.