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Established in 1851, Catawba College is the sixth-oldest college in North Carolina. It is a private, coeducational college, affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Read more about Catawba College in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Private
Average High School GPA: 3.40
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 1320-1635
ACT Score: 18-25
6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Acceptance Rate: 42%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 1305
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: United Church of Christ
Location: Suburban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: B
Shakespeare: Yes
Academic Transparency: Not Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $26,820.00
Out of State Tuition: $26,820.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: N/A
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $27,445.00
Good Economic Value?: Poor
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 12.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 22.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Yellow
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Non-Political
Faculty Political Balance: Balanced
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Unbalanced: Republican
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about Catawba College:

N.C. School Mascots May Violate Federal Law: Antidiscrimination laws call for an end to Native American images (April 26, 2001)

These articles mention Catawba College:

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina. (June 30, 2013)

UNC-Chapel Hill Redeems Itself: The summer reading assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne University represents a bold break from victimhood. (June 6, 2012)

How Did Your School Do?: U.S. News and Forbes disagree about North Carolina's colleges, and we have another recommendation (September 29, 2011)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

A Literary "Groundhog Day": The titles may change somewhat from year to year, but college summer readings stay the same: uninspired,unchallenging, and predictably left-leaning. (June 26,2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

In Defense of Pervasive Sectarianism: A recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals places a needless burden on the state’s religiously based private colleges. (August 30, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 7, 2010)

Jumping on the Climate Change Bandwagon: Higher education leaders across N.C. sign a  pledge. (October 17, 2007)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)