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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's my hometown, so I love it. Plenty of restaurants and cute stores.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Variety of restaurants in walking distant.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: very artsy city, lots of restaurants, eclectic downtown scene

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Kind of a small town, not too terribly much to do unless you are up for a drive. However there are plenty of parks and people are generally fairly nice to students. Most of the nearby business give discounts or accept student ID cards.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boring Area – Catawba is located in a residential area of Salisbury away from the downtown area. There are no shops, bars, or restaurants that are close to campus. The nearest places to go are the grocery store and gas station which are about a half mile walk. Dont expect to get around well without a car, there is no bus stop on Catawba's campus and other than buses there is no public transportation. The closest major attractions are located about 45 minutes away in Charlotte.


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Christine Shuster
Jackson, N.J.
Music business
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Salisbury is a small town with everything conveniently located. It is a great college town, with tons of stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and other venues to occupy the free time of a college student.

Even if you get bored with what is in Salisbury, you only have to travel 30 to 45 minutes to visit Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—all of which have malls, museums, and other places to have fun. There are three other colleges in town, and there are many colleges within an hour radius of Catawba College, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Scenes from the movie "Leatherheads" were filmed at the local train station.
  2. Cheerwine and Food Lion were both founded here and still have their headquarters here.
  3. Salisbury is the birthplace of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole and NBA player Bobby Jackson.
  4. The town is the site of a noted American Civil War prisoner camp.
  5. There is a large historic home district with many large mansions, several of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Local Slang
Buggy: Shopping cart
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Salisbury
  • North Carolina Transportation Museum
  • North Carolina Zoo
Shopping Centers
  • Concord Mills Mall
  • Innes Street Market
  • Salisbury Mall
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
305 Faith Rd.
(704) 639-1342
Movie Theaters
Salisbury Mall $2 Cinemas
1951 Statesville Blvd.
(704) 797-0012
Major Sports Teams
  • Carolina Hurricanes : NHL
  • Carolina Panthers : NFL
  • Charlotte Bobcats : NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Charlotte: NC: 50 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 14% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 79% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 14 responses

  • 29% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% Totally.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 21% No way.


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