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Admission to Catawba is granted on a rolling basis, however, the College encourages students to be guided by the following deadlines:

Priority Deadline is November 15th

• Notification of decision on or before December 15th

Regular Decision Deadline is February 15th

• Notification of decision on or before March 15th

Applications complete after February 15th will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions will be made in the order that the completed applications are received.

All offers of admission and scholarship awards are granted on a space available and fund available basis after May 1 for students seeking entry for the fall semester and January 4 for students seeking entry for the spring semester. To secure a place at Catawba for the desired term of entry, undergraduate students should pay their applicable enrollment deposit at as soon as possible. Students who have not paid their enrollment deposit by the relevant May 1 or January 4 deadlines may be moved to the wait list if the incoming class for the desired term reaches capacity.

Additional Application Deadlines:

Fall semester: March 15 (All fall applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a space available basis.); International Student application deadline for fall semester is July 1

Spring semester: January 4; International Student application deadline is November 25

Summer semesters: First day of intended semester. Catawba offers a number of summer session classes for students who wish to complete additional coursework or to community members seeking enrichment. Course schedules are available at

Qualified freshman applicants are encouraged to complete the application process early in the senior year of high school. Applicants are encouraged to check their online admissions portal ( or contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-CATAWBA to determine their admission status. Students who are denied admission may request an appeal. Students seeking an appeal should make their request in writing to the Assistant Vice President of Admissions within three weeks of their denial.

New degree-seeking students cannot be admitted to start for winter term. The Office of Admissions will consider new degree-seeking candidates for the fall, spring, and summer terms only.


After February 1st, students who have completed their application to the College will be notified of their admission status within three weeks. Upon acceptance by Catawba, the student should send the applicable enrollment deposit to the admissions office by May 1. Deposits can be paid online through the student's unique application portal at Deposits are refundable through May 1. Upon payment of the deposit, a place in the incoming class will be reserved for the student. The deposit is credited to the student’s account in the College Finance Office and is deducted from the first payment of fees.

Information for Students with Documented Disabilities

As noted in our non-discrimination policy, Catawba College does not discriminate against qualified individuals who have disabilities. Moreover, as required by law, Catawba will provide reasonable accommodations to those students with documented disabilities who have met the academic standards for admission.

Students seeking accommodations should contact the Academic Resource Center. The student must submit a disclosure form and a recent report (psychoeducational, medical documentation, etc.) that is less than three years old from a qualified professional evaluator documenting the disability and their recommendations regarding appropriate accommodations. Documentation should be sent to the Student Academic Success Director, Mr. Daryl Bruner. For additional information contact the Office of Student Academic Success (704-637-4175).


At the time of admission, the Office of Admissions provides a detailed checklist of all additional materials students must provide to complete their matriculation to Catawba. These items include, but are not limited to:

• Health Insurance application or Health insurance waiver

• Health & Immunization Forms

• Relevant Financial Aid Documents

• Billing Information

• Housing & Dining Applications

• Final High School Transcript (if applicable)

• Final College Transcripts (if applicable)

• Official Standardized Test Scores (if applicable)

During the registration process, any student accepted whose documentation is not complete may have a hold on their student record and may be prevented from registering from classes. Students with holds will be required to sign a document where-in he/she attests that:

1. He/she is aware of that their admission is provisional.

2. He/she accepts the sole responsibility for securing and submitting the applicable items within 30 days of his/her initial registration.

3. If the acceptable item(s) are not received by Catawba College before the deadline, the College may be compelled to cancel the student’s registration. If the College is compelled to take such action, the student will not be permitted to attend any classes following the cancellation date. He/she will not be entitled to a refund of tuition payments for any classes attended.