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Catawba cited as one of best value small colleges for environmental science degree

Environmental education

Students at Catabwa trek through the ecological preserve on the school's campus. Submitted photo

Students at Catabwa trek through the ecological preserve on the school’s campus. Submitted photo

SALISBURY — Catawba College has been named as one of 20 Best Value Small Colleges for an environmental science degree in 2016-2017. Catawba ranks eighth on the list of the 20 institutions cited by Best Value Schools (www.bestvalueschools.com).

Catawba College was recognized in part for offering specializations “that only a handful of schools in the entire country offer, including environmental and outdoor education, natural resource management and sustainable planning and leadership.” Best Value Schools also cited Catawba’s on-campus, almost 200-acre Stanback Ecological Preserve with its waterfowl impoundment, noted as “a frequent site for undergraduate field research,” as well as its greenhouse and science exploratorium and study center. Catawba was also recognized for managing a 300-acre wildlife refuge located just seven miles away from its campus.

In order to be considered, each school must offer a minimum of three relevant program for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in the field and demonstrate a genuine commitment to affordable education. Schools are then ranked based by Best Value Schools on academic depth, student support and affordability using the National Center for Education Statistics college navigator database and program research.

Thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor, new environmental majors are eligible for scholarships of $10,000 a year for each of the four years they attend Catawba.

Students who pursue an environmental major at Catawba have the ability to do everything from teach children about the causes of air pollution and ways of improving it to working as interns in municipal government or non-profit organizations that champion land conservation or simply want to lessen their environmental footprint. This gives Catawba graduates a leg up when they interview for jobs.

New students to Catawba interested in pursuing an environmental major and obtaining one of the new $10,000 per year scholarships should begin the process by submitting a free application for admission online at www.catawba.edu/apply.

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