Founded in 1851 in Newton, NC, Catawba College was started by German
pioneers who had traveled from eastern Pennsylvania to settle in the
valleys of the Haw, Yadkin, and Catawba Rivers. In 1890, Catawba
became a coeducational institution and the first woman graduate
completed her studies in 1893. In 1925, Catawba moved and re-opened
to its current location in Salisbury, NC, which is about 45 minutes from
Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, two hours from the
mountains, and four hours from the beaches.
Today, Catawba College has 41 buildings on 276 wooded acres on a
residential campus. Catawba is known for its 189 acre on-campus
ecological preserve. Ranked as one of the best colleges in the south,
Catawba offers 70 academic majors to approximately 1,300 students
representing 34 U.S. states and 19 foreign countries. Students are
instructed by 80 full-time faculty, more than 83% of whom hold the
highest degree in their field. With an endowment of over $100 million
and with the recent elimination of Catawba’s debt, Catawba is well
positioned for a thriving future
Catawba College is located in
Salisbury, North Carolina, a
historic Southern city (pop.
34,000) lo...cated 45 minutes from
the greater Charlotte area and
the Greensboro and Winston-
In Salisbury, you will find both a
quiet countryside filled with wineries and pick-your-own farms, and a
bustling downtown district with breweries, historic trolleys, a thriving
arts scene, and more.
Catawba students have the distinct advantage of attending college in
the piedmont region of beautiful North Carolina, where residents enjoy
four mild seasons and plenty of opportunities to explore the area’s
natural treasures. Students also have access to some of the best and
most rewarding volunteer opportunities both on campus and off
campus in the local Salisbury-Rowan community
Catawba athletic programs currently consist of men and
women participating in its 23 NCAA Division II sports
teams that offer more than 121 full athletic scholarships.
The teams collectively represent more than 500 students
as athletes, coaching assistants, team managers, and
student trainers. Catawba athletes compete in facilities
that rival those of larger institutions, with more playing
time and personal attention.
Approximately 42% of Catawba College’s students are student-athletes. The vibrant athletics
program is embraced by students, faculty, and the entire Catawba community. Student-athletes
are among the most prominent leaders within the student body, and student-athletes regularly
prove their pursuit of success on playing fields does not prevent them from engaging with their
classmates and community in substantial ways. Catawba’s student-athletes are retained at a
higher rate than their peers.
Men’s sports include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer,
Swimming, Tennis, and Track & Field. Women’s sports include Basketball, Beach Volleyball,
Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.
The Julius W. Abernethy Physical Education Center, is the
primary home of the Catawba women’s volleyball, has a
seating capacity of 3,500 for basketball. The facility is home
to the Athletic and Physical Education offices and the
Johnson Pool, and is used extensively for intercollegiate
athletics, student activities, civic events, concerts, and
various athletic camps during the summer months. The
Abernethy Center is also the home for men's and women's
basketball, and men’s and women’s swimming teams.
Built to begin competition in the spring of 2020, the
Catawba Beach Volleyball facility includes three state-ofthe-
art sand courts with shower, fencing and lights. In
addition to college competitions that will take place under
the lights, Catawba hosts other programs such as adult and
youth leagues, camps, clinics and Junior tournaments.
Shuford Stadium hosts football and men’s and women’s lacrosse. With a seating capacity of 4,000 and potential
accommodation of up to 5,000 spectators, Shuford Stadium features new field turf and a modern video scoreboard.
Newman Park has been home to the Catawba Indians baseball team since 1926, with the original grandstand erected in
1934. Catawba recently began a renovation and rebuild of this facility.
Frock Fields hosts Catawba’s softball
and soccer complexes, as well as
practice fields for lacrosse, soccer,
and football. The Johnson Tennis
Complex features six (6) competition
tennis courts regularly in use by
Catawba athletes, students, and
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