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Higher Education

Catawba College

Catawba College is a small, private college, with about 1,300 students, that offers over 70 academic fields of study.  Founded in 1851, the institution is dedicated to preparing students for employment and graduate school through mentoring, a well-rounded curriculum, strong academics, career-focused experiential education and co-curricular opportunities. Committed and supportive faculty, staff and coaches encourage students and challenge them to excel in their pursuits in and out of the classroom. In turn, as students grow and discover their passions and vocational directions, they inspire each other and strengthen the campus community. Offering a deep sense of belonging for students of diverse racial, religious, socio-economic and academic backgrounds, Catawba College encourages its members to become the best versions of themselves.


Hood Theological Seminary

The Seminary offers three graduate degree programs with a two-year timeline. One of them is directed toward practice in the ordained ministry of word, sacraments and order. Another provides flexible theological education for purposes other than the ordained ministry and the third provides preparation for the attainment of the highest degree in the practice of ministry. The Seminary also offers a diploma program in Christian ministry for pastors and lay-persons who may or may not have the requirements for matriculation in the degree programs. Each of these programs accentuates a ministry to the total person and seeks to foster a dynamic relationship among the many disciplines and competencies which undergird effective Christian ministry.


Livingstone College

Livingstone College is a private historically black institution that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for learning, it provides excellent liberal arts and religious education programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to develop their potential for leadership and service to a global community.


Rowan Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prepares individuals for careers in approximately 40 programs of study in business, health and public services, and industrial and engineering technologies. The college also offers the Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts and Associate in Science degree programs for those students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.