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Catawba County is home to Lenoir Rhyne University, a four-year liberal arts school and Catawba Valley Community College ranked #1 out of NC's 58 community colleges by Niche.com in 2017 and ranked #3 out of all community colleges in the nation for 2019 by SmartAsset. Catawba Valley Community College has established a Furniture Academy and a Manufacturing Academy.
Catawba Valley Community College's commitment to solving workforce needs for local industries is evident in the creation of these academies and its Workforce Solutions Complex. A culmination of many years of planning and collaboration with the three public school systems, this $23 million dollar, 86,000 square foot facility houses technology and engineering programs for college students, and junior & senior high school students from all schools in Catawba County. Business-driven programs include: Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Integrated Machining, Electronics Engineering Technology, Welding, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics, and Robotics.
Head here to take a virtual tour of the CVCC Campus and the Workforce Solutions Complex!
APP STATE HICKORY - COMING FALL 2023
Appalachian State University is planning to open its Hickory campus to students in the fall of 2023, making Catawba County one of the few communities in North Carolina with a 2-year community college, a 4-year private university and a 4-year public university in its bounds.
The university announced November 2021 it had purchased the former Corning Optical Communications building off U.S. Highway 321 for the purposes of converting it into a university campus.
“For those who want an App State education but choose to live and work in the Hickory area, for those who may have begun but not completed their undergraduate degrees, App State is here for you,” App State Chancellor Sheri Everts said at the time of the announcement.
The university is still developing plans for what programs will be offered at the Hickory campus.
The Catawba County Promise (CCP) is a guaranteed financial aid package worth at least half the cost of tuition at Lenoir-Rhyne University for full-time undergraduate first-year students and transfer students who meet these requirements:
- Resident of Catawba County (at time of admittance)
- High school weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher for first-year students
- College GPA of 3.5 or higher and 30 attempted college hours for transfer students
To learn more about the Promise program, click here.
|12,798 (curriculum + cont. ed)||2,405||947 (seated & online)||50|
|Applachian State University (ASU)||20,641||University of NC Campus||43|
|UNC-Charlotte||30,448||University of NC Campus||50|
|Caldwell CC&TI||3,543||Community College||11|
|Catawba Valley CC||4,429||Community College||-|
|Cleveland CC||2,704||Community College||44|
|Central Piedmont CC||17,559||Community College||46|
|Gaston College||5,240||Community College||22|
|McDowell CC||1,191||Community College||46|
|Mitchell CC||3,276||Community College||17|
|Rowan-Cabarrus CC||6,711||Community College||46|
|Western Piedmont CC||1,752||Community College||20|
|Belmont Abbey College||1,523||Independent College or University||33|
|Catawba College||1,297||Independent College or University||43|
|Davidson College||1,796||Independent College or University||32|
|Gardner-Webb University||2,362||Independent College or University||40|
|ASU Center at Hickory||105 (seated)||Independent College or University||-|
|Johnson C. Smith University||1,326||Independent College or University||44|
|Lenoir-Rhyne University||2,405||Independent College or University||-|
|Livingstone College||1,204||Independent College or University||46|
|NC Ctr for Engineering Tech||50||Independent College or University||-|
|Pfeiffer University||1,089||Independent College or University||47|
|Queens University of Charlotte||1,617||Independent College or University||47|