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Admissions Requirements


Students seeking admission to Catawba College are asked to provide the Office of Admissions with a wide range of information relating to their academic background and co-curricular interests. This information is used by the Office of Admissions and the Enrollment and Retention Management Committee to make decisions based on the potential of the student to profit from and contribute to Catawba’s strengths as a community of scholars. Catawba College does not discriminate in its admission policies on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability and/or veteran status.

Candidates will be classified into the following statuses based on the scholastic records they submit:

I. First-Year Students (Freshmen): High school graduates who have not previously attended a college or university. Course work taken as an Early College student, dualenrolled student or during the summer immediately following graduation from high school will be recorded on the student’s transcript as transfer work, but will not cause the student to be classified as a transfer student. These students will not lose eligibility for any first-year student aid.

II. Transfer Students: Students who have attended one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities and apply as a baccalaureate degree seeking student at Catawba.

III. Catawba Online Students: Students who have obtained a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate and who are enrolled in one of the Catawba Online degree programs. Students may choose from four undergraduate degree programs offered through Catawba Online: Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Education (Birth-Kindergarten), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).

IV. International Students

V. Re-Entering Students: Students who were previously enrolled as a degree seeking student at Catawba, but left prior to completing their degree who seek readmission to the College. Re-entering students have not attended any other accredited college or university since leaving Catawba. If students have attempted college work since leaving Catawba, they should apply as a Transfer Student.

VI. Post-Baccalaureate Students: Baccalaureate degree recipients seeking to take additional college courses.

VII. Transient Students: Full-time college students enrolled at other institutions of higher learning who seek to take up to one semester of work at Catawba, but will be returning to their “home” institutions. Transient students are not seeking a degree from Catawba.

VIII. Graduate Students: Students seeking to obtain a M.B.A., M.H.S., M.S., M.S.P.M., M.Ed.

IX. Auditing Students: Students who choose to enroll in a college course without receiving academic credit.

X. Joint-Enrolled Students (or Dual-Enrolled Students): Qualified high school juniors and seniors who are afforded an opportunity to pursue courses at Catawba College while still in high school.