Catawba College

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Catawba College can be found in Salisbury, NC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 1,500 students enrolled per year at Catawba College.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 930 (25th percentile) to 1120 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 17 (25th percentile) to 23 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants admitted to this school. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Catawba College average GPA ranges from 2.80 to 3.18 for accepted students. Catawba College sends acceptance letters to roughly 50 percent of students applying. Of those that are accepted, around 21 percent of students attended the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Catawba College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Catawba College was reported as 49.5% in Fall 2020 with over 3,340 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 17 - 23
  • Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Catawba College?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Catawba College is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Catawba College has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 47.1%
  • 2017-2018: 42.4%
  • 2018-2019: 51.6%
  • 2019-2020: 49.5%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 45.1%

How Does Catawba College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Catawba College is fifteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Livingstone College50.1%
Pfeiffer University63.8%
Davidson College18.1%
University of North Carolina School of the Arts28.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Catawba College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 560
Math460 - 560
Total Score930 - 1120
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math17 - 23
Composite Score17 - 23
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