Catawba College receives national acclaim as ‘College of Distinction’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 7, 2024

Catawba College News Service

SALISBURY — Catawba College just announced its recognition as a 2024-2025 College of Distinction, an honor highlighting its commitment to providing an exceptional undergraduate education. The award reflects Catawba’s dedication to fostering hands-on learning, strong student-faculty relationships, an active campus community and strong student outcomes.

Since its founding in 2000, Colleges of Distinction has awarded schools for their successful implementation of high-impact educational practices and hands-on learning. Unlike traditional ranking systems based on numerical data, its selection process involves research and detailed interviews with the institutions, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. Catawba College has demonstrated exceptional performance in each of these areas, ensuring a supportive and enriching environment that equips students for future academic and career success.

Additionally, Catawba College has been credited for its commitment to affordability compared to other institutions.

In an era dominated by discussions about college tuition and student debt, the Affordable Colleges of Distinction award aims to assist cost-conscious students and parents in navigating the complex landscape of college financing. Catawba College shines as an institution of affordability among the distinguished group of Colleges of Distinction, showcasing its notable financial costs and positive outcomes.

Catawba College also was recognized for its strong undergraduate degrees in business and education. 

Thanks to a well-rounded curriculum with hands-on experiences and a liberal arts foundation, business students are prepared to enter the workforce with strong leadership skills and the ability to succeed in an ever-evolving society.

Catawba College’s education program was acknowledged for its stellar curriculum and outcomes for education majors, highlighting the impactful ways that students are prepared to lead their own classrooms after graduation.

In addition, Catawba College has been awarded the title of a Career Development College of Distinction. Earning a college degree greatly improves one’s ability to secure a job, and yet the process of entering the workforce is often a big challenge in itself. Catawba’s Career Development Award is a celebration of its commitment to helping students advance in their desired careers.