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Catawba College
Motto Scholarship, Character, Culture, Service
Established 1851
Type Private
President Dr.W.Craig Turner
Faculty 78
Undergraduates 1,300
Location Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Campus Small City
Sports NCAA Division II, South Atlantic Conference
Colors Navy Blue and White
Nickname Cat - U
Mascot Catawba Indians
Affiliations United Church of Christ

Catawba College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. Founded in 1851 by the North Carolina Classis of the Reformed Church in Newton, North Carolina, the college adopted its name from its county of origin, Catawba County, before moving to its current home of Salisbury, North Carolina in 1925.

Today, Catawba College still holds loose ties with the successor to the Reformed Church, the United Church of Christ, and offers more than thirty undergraduate degrees.

In 2009, Catawba college was listed as 17th in the U.S. News and World Report in the category "Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South."[1] Catawba College has been consistently named as one of the "361 Best Colleges" by the Princeton Review, and the school's theatre program is consistently rated as one of the top 10 in the nation.[2] In 2008 and 2009, In Tune Monthly named Catawba College one of the best music schools in the country.[3]



Catawba College was founded by the North Carolina Classis of the Reformed Church in the United States in 1851. The years following the opening of the college were years of growing prosperity for the school, but the Civil War changed this, as funds and students became less available. During the war years, the College became an academy, operating as Catawba High School from 1865 until 1885, whereupon it resumed operations under its original charter as Catawba College. After the Civil War ended, Catawba continued to make changes to itself, including becoming coeducational in 1890. Even with the addition of women to the student body, the College struggled to overcome the depletion brought on by the war. Responding to the offer of a partially constructed dormitory-administration building and several acres of land in Salisbury, trustee, college, and church officials closed the campus in Newton in 1923 and re-opened in Salisbury in 1925.

The college is now affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the successor to the Evangelical and Reformed Church, itself the successor to the Reformed Church in the United States.[4]


Through its residential day program, Catawba College offers the B.A., B.S., and B.F.A. degrees in over 30 undergraduate majors, with 22 concentrations available, in a variety of disciplines, including athletic training, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, education, English, evironmental science, French, history, mathematics, medical technology, music, musical theatre, physical education, political science and pre-law, pre-med, pre-ministerial, pre-pharmacy, psychology, recreation, religion, philosophy, sociology, Spanish, sports management, sustainable business and community development, and the theatre arts.

A variety of minors are also available. Students may also be invited to participate in the College's Honors Program. Other programs include the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, Leadership Catawba, the Center for the Environment, the Center for Career and Service Learning, and Summer School.[5] Additionally, Catawba's theatre arts program has been ranked fourth in the nation, according to The Princeton Review. Catawba was recently chosen to be included as one of the 18 institutions to offer a N.C. Teaching Fellows program.

For working adults, Catawba's School of Evening and Graduate Studies offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), with concentrations in Business Management, Information Systems, and Administration of Justice. In conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) degree may be earned with a major in Birth - Kindergarten Education; at the graduate level, the Master of Education degree in elementary education is also offered.


Catawba's athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference. The mascot of the school, the Catawba College Indian, was named after the Catawba Indian tribe that was native to the original location of the school.

Catawba Athletics Logo

Catawba features 18 NCAA Division II sports teams. The men's teams are Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, and Swimming. The women's teams are Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey(Canceled the Program in Fall 2009), Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball.

Catawba College was awarded the 2005 South Atlantic Conference Cup of Excellence.

Catawba recently won an appeal with the NCAA to keep the Indians nickname.

During the late 1940's, the Catawba football team won the first two Tangerine Bowls (now known as the Capital One Bowl) without allowing the opposing teams to score a single point. On Jan. 1 1947, they defeated Maryville 31-0 and on Jan. 1, 1948 they defeated Marshall 7-0.

Notable alumni

Bucky Pope, National Football League Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, "The Catawba Claw"

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