Founded in 1851, Catawba College is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the medium-sized town of Salisbury (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), North Carolina. Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Catawba College is a very small (enrollment range: 1,000-1,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Protestant ((United Church of Christ - www.ucc.org)) religion. Catawba College offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 165 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. Catawba College also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.