Academics

Location
Salisbury, NC
Undergrads
1,237
Tuition
$26,040
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: One can experience jobs hands-on within sociology.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The curriculum is very advanced and challenging.

3 College Junior

Academics: I took Elementary to Spanish and I just couldn't seem to understand how to conjugate them. Needless to say my professor and I had a talk after class on how he could help me to focus on the basic's and then move on from there. We met every other day for about a month and with his help I come out of the class with a B+.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It is great being a biology major. The labs are very time consuming but I learn a lot once they're finished. Our biology program is one of the top in North Carolina. There is a huge work load but with time and dedication it is easily adaptable. Catawba also sets the students up with job interviews once the program is complete and there are many interships during the year.

3 College Senior

Academics: Small College Atmosphere Has Advantages and Disadvantages – The small college atmosphere of Catawba College means small student to professor ratios, a personal touch with both faculty and staff, and extra help when you need it. Disadvantages of a small campus include limited degree options, less online class opportunities, older facilities, and technology that is just beginning to catch up with larger schools.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 745th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 872nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 980th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1009th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1088th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christine Shuster
Hometown
Jackson, N.J.
Major
Music business
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The teachers really care about their students and their futures. They are readily available for consultation during and outside of their office hours. Class sizes are small, with roughly 20 or fewer students, which allows for students to have closer relationships with their professors. The workload is bearable in most of the general education classes. The College's music and theater departments have been named some of the best in the nation.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
69
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
38
Total FT Faculty
70
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$56,539
Full-Time Retention Rate
67%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
50%
Programs/Majors Offered
41
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 60%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Evening & Graduate Studies
  • School of Performing Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 17%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • Kindergarten and Preschool Education: 5%
  • Music History and Literature: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Online Courses
Online courses are offered during the summer and winter. You, of course, need computer access to complete these courses. Most likely, you know the professor already or have at least heard of him or her before; it's not a big campus.
Best Places to Study
  • Corriher-Linn-Black Library
  • Lilly Center for Vocation and Values
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask other students or check RateMyProfessors.com before choosing particular professors and/or classes.
  • Check book prices online before purchasing them from the bookstore.
  • Get involved in clubs and events. You will meet all kinds of new people.
  • Go to class; do not miss more than the allotted amount of classes or your grade will fall.
  • You may have to change your study habits from the way they were in high school. High school and college are NOT the same.

Student Polls

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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