Catawba recognized as Affordable Institution by Colleges of Distinction

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 26, 2023

Catawba News Service

SALISBURY  — Catawba College has received a new accolade in recognition of its affordable programming in relation to its peers. The award comes from Colleges of Distinction, a resource whose cohort of schools is selected based on the quality and breadth of hands-on experiences in lieu of the popular rankings model.

“Catawba College is honored to be selected as an Affordable Institution by Colleges of Distinction,” said Dr. Jared Tice, Catawba’s senior vice president and dean of students in a news release.  “This recognition is indicative of the College’s longstanding dedication to delivering our high-quality, hands-on education grounded in personal attention and career preparation for any student and family seeking our distinct Catawba experience.”

The Affordable Colleges of Distinction award aims to guide cost-conscious students and parents through the world of college financing.

“How to pay for college is a near-universal question at the top of new students’ minds,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer at Colleges of Distinction. “Catawba College has demonstrated to us that its students are graduating with manageable debt and careers that help them thrive.”

Fewer than 150 institutions have been selected as Affordable Colleges of Distinction. “Our calculations look at a number of factors related to cost,” said Schritter. “It’s important for us to remember that not all students are coming from the same socioeconomic background, and so we have incorporated weighted variables that adjust for family income relative to net price.”

“We are incredibly grateful to our alumni, donors, and friends of the college who have continuously provided robust scholarships for our students making Catawba College a reality for any family by further strengthening our commitment to access and affordability,” added Tice.