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A Model of Learning &
Real World Experience

The average college graduate will have 15 different careers. One narrow field is not sufficient. You must be mentally agile, mastering information quickly, communicating and defending your ideas. The Catholic intellectual tradition is the driving force behind the world's greatest universities. At the Abbey we combine deep inquiry with opportunity that prepares you for a versatile career path.

Faculty

Our professors are leading scholars in everything from education to botany to theology. Not just teachers, they commit to helping students find their passion and discover their calling. You'll work with professors on writing projects, in labs, and in the field. That pays off in how you learn and who you become.

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“Belmont Abbey College really pushes me not just to be a good athlete, but a good person too. It’s definitely a special place. Almost immediately, you can begin to develop a relationship with those around you—from freshman year to senior year and even beyond.”
Kendal Ratliff, Business Management major
Men’s Basketball Forward

Academics

Whatever your interest—whether it's motorsport management, theology, classical languages, Catholic education studies, or computer science—Belmont Abbey provides the academic programs you need to pursue your goals. Integrating small classroom environments, research opportunities, networking with industry leaders, and internships all over the country, you'll get the firsthand learning it takes to turn your education into a career. Want to learn more about Academics?

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“I love the incredible connectedness of this place. The daily interactions with friends and fellow students, staff, and monks and the brilliant, kind professors make life here a constant source of joy.”

Anja Roy, English major
Benedictine Volunteer Corps

Majors & Minors

Majors

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Catholic Educational Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Educational Studies
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Government & Political Philosophy
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Liberal Studies (ADP)
  • Mathematics
  • Motorsport Management
  • Psychology
  • Sport Management
  • Theology

Minors

(minor programs with no associated major are in bold)

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business:
    • Business Management
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Languages
  • Computer Studies:
    • Computer Science
    • Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Finance
  • Government & Political Philosophy
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Minor
  • International Studies
  • Justice & Peace
  • Mathematics:
    • Mathematics
    • Physics-Mathematics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Motorsport Management
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sport Management
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theology

Concentrations

  • Biology:
    • Environmental Science
  • Business:
    • Accounting
    • Actuarial Science
    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • General Business (ADP)
    • Health Care Management
    • Human Resources
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Motorsport Management
    • Sport Management
  • Education
    • Secondary Education
  • Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Motorsports
  • Management
    • Sport Management
  • Mathematics:
    • Actuarial Science
    • Physics

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Dent
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Vet

Financial Aid

All colleges strive to be more accessible. We're committed to that philosophy. We've recently reduced tuition by 33%, making us one of the most reasonably priced private colleges in the country. Belmont Abbey strives to operate on tuition alone, so fundraising can go to student programs and resources. We also work smarter to keep costs down. More than 85% of Belmont Abbey students receive financial aid; 90% receive a merit-based scholarship.

Giving you access to a private college, centered in Jesus Christ, promotes the advantage of developing the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about Financial Aid at The Abbey.

2016-2017 Tuition Expenses

  • Tuition & Fees: $18,500
  • Freshman Room & Board: $5,828
  • Unlimited Meal Plan: $4,466
  • Four-Year Tuition Guarantee honored

Come find out about financial aid and visit the Abbey!

Campus tours Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. Weekend group information sessions and tours are offered most Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m. Click here to schedule your visit.

Abbey Experience Open House

The "Abbey Experience" is an open house event scheduled frequently for you and other prospective students. These half-day events familiarize you with campus, current students and faculty, financial aid, admissions counselors, the president, the academic dean, and the abbot.

'Sunday Luncheon' at the Abbey

Join us for brunch, presentations by the president, our admissions team, and a campus tour. Attend morning Mass, if you choose.

Plato & Rome

Our Honors Institute is your opportunity to read the great authors of Western thought and to discuss, both inside the classroom and out, life's fundamental questions with other students, faculty, and college administrators. Along the way, you'll enjoy cultural opportunities, from Beethoven to bluegrass, as well as special events including an academic retreat in places like beautiful and historic Charleston, SC, and trips to destinations such as Rome, Paris, Dublin, Madrid, and Oxford.

Premier Scholarships

Honors Institute students generally receive a prestigious four-year Honors Fellowship and receive significant financial assistance annually.

We also offer the Felix Hintemeyer Catholic Scholarship, which fosters Catholic leadership through service, and the Saint Thomas More Scholarship Program, which includes an opportunity for a values-oriented internship. Learn more about Premier Scholarships.

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Academic Enrichment Scholarships

Belmont Abbey also offers scholarship opportunities for students studying humanities, business, education, or public service. Academic Enrichment Scholarships are available to full–time students who maintain a minimum GPA and are renewable for up to four years. Learn more about Academic Enrichment Scholarships.

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The Haid Fellowship

The Haid Fellowship is a unique new degree program enabling students to enjoy a quality, Catholic, liberal arts education with both a residential and online experience. With the Haid Fellowship, students will earn a four–year degree in three years (eight semesters). Learn more about The Haid Fellowship.

Haid Fellowship Application

“Had I not experienced the Abbey, I don’t think I would be in Congress today. I don’t think I would be as happy personally and have a fulfilled spiritual life and fulfilled personal life as I do without my Abbey education and training. It’s those monks that are on campus and those professors that gave me just a little bit more than I could have experienced at any other institution.”

Patrick McHenry, History major
U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District

Crusaders Athletics List

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Competitive Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Cycling
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball

Athletics

We have 36 sports teams—29 varsity and seven developmental—competing in the NCAA Division II, Conference Carolinas. Belmont Abbey, with regional and national titles, is a great place to keep playing a sport, to raise your game and integrate athletics into your college experience.

At Belmont Abbey athletics is seen as a way to develop virtue, honesty, and integrity.

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Weights & Whitewater

Discover free weights in our newly renovated fitness center. Or hone your rafting skills at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

More friendly competition

Our intramurals include regular seasonal sports like sand volleyball, flag football, and soccer. Or enjoy single-day tournaments like, Ultimate Frisbee, KanJam, cornhole, dodgeball, and spikeball.

Spiritual life on campus

The heart of spiritual life on campus is the historic Abbey Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, which celebrates Mass daily and three times each weekend. Mass with the monks takes place every weekday, and you can join them for daily prayers and evening Vespers. Mass is also held every Tuesday morning in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel. We have daily adoration from 6am - 9pm in the chapel.

Faith

Reverence for the sacred, awareness of the profound dignity of each person, service to others as an expression of love for God—these are the Benedictine values Belmont Abbey lives by and seeks to instill in students. The Benedictine motto "Ora et Labora," means "prayer and work." Prayer happens in many ways on campus. Work starts in the classroom and extends throughout the community.

As a Benedictine institution, we welcome students of all faiths and strive to instill in them a habit of worship that cultivates their personal spirituality.

Many opportunities for spiritual growth

We encourage students to use their unique talents to serve the campus and local community and to live an integrated Christian life. There are many opportunities for spiritual growth including 20+ Bible studies hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. At the Abbey students form small, Christ-centered groups creating deep relationships based on faith.

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“Belmont Abbey, for such a small school, presents a wide variety of opportunities for its students to learn and grow. The friends, professors, monks, and alumni that I met there really made Belmont Abbey a special place to me and the relationships I built helped to form me into the man I am today.”

Michael Becker, Theology major
Youth Minister, Diocese of Charlotte

Campus Life

With more than 40 student groups and organizations, Belmont Abbey offers you lots of ways to get involved, take the lead, make a difference, and have fun. All year long, our student-run Campus Activities Board brings in comedians, musical acts, and coffeehouse performances. They also help organize major campus events like the First Day of Class Bash and the annual Crawfish Boil on the Quad.

Live, work, and play at The Abbey

Live in a new residence hall with a state-of-the-art dining center. Work-out in the Student Fitness Center on new equipment. Connect with over 100 new Wi-Fi spots across campus. Study or hang out with friends at the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop. Transition into college life with valuable programs offered at the Wellness Center.

Growth and Advancement

Library Enhancements
In addition to adding a new face to the exterior to match our campus, several interior additions have been made. We have upgraded the study carrels, added an interactive display wall, and switched to high density shelving. There are also new spaces for group studying and data booths.

New Lights on Abbey Yard
Finally, Belmont Abbey will be hosting night games! Thanks to new lights, athletes' practices and games will be more flexible. As a result, an athlete's class schedule will also be more flexible allowing them to be more involved in the community. We also anticipate greater attendance by the larger community and students for an evening of fun at Abbey Yard.

Alumni Field Enhancements
In order to make Alumni Field feel more like a stadium, giant 12' by 10' billboard style pictures now surround the field. Each image features athletes from one of our men or women's teams giving our opponents a spirited welcome to our home field.

Hammock Hangout
Due to the popularity of studying or simply hanging out in hammocks, the Abbey has created a Hammock Hangout. The search for two good trees is over! In the quad, there is now several posts for you to clip your hammock into. The Hammock Hangout can support 9 hammocks at the same time.

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Clubs and Organizations

  • Abbey Volunteers
  • Agora (Literary Magazine and Club)
  • Art Club
  • BACingers A Capella
  • BAC Youtube Club
  • Ballroom Dancing Club
  • Belmont Abbey Improv Troupe
  • Benedictine Volunteer Corps
  • Brothers of Christ, Sons of Mary Household
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Chess Club
  • Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society
  • College Republicans
  • Crusaders for Life
  • Debate Club and ISI Discussion Club
  • Faithful Daughters Household
  • Greek Council
  • Green Team
  • International Club
  • Math Club
  • Motorsports Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Record of the Week
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • The Abbey Players (Theatre Organization)
  • The Crusader (Student Newspaper)

Parts to Sing
& Parts to Play

The Abbey Players, started more than 133 years ago, is open to everyone from the campus and the larger local community. Students, faculty, staff—even monks—appear in six main-stage productions each year. There's drama, comedy and music, plus the Abbey Shakespeare Series. Not into acting? Students interested in technical work build sets, run lights and sound, and participate with state-of-the-art equipment.

A minor leading to major roles

With our minor in Theatre Arts, study performing or technical theatre. As a senior, you'll help create a full production during your practicum. Our student performers and technicians are consistently accepted into competitive M.F.A. and theatre programs.

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Heard, not scene

Belmont Abbey also hosts Arts at the Abbey, a free cultural series that brings a wide variety of artists to campus, and the Abbey Chorus, a choral ensemble that performs sacred and secular works.

Community

Just a short walk from campus is downtown Belmont and its restaurants and shops. Friendly, quaint, and safe, Belmont is the kind of small town that closes down its Main Street to host free weekend concerts during the summer months.

Charlotte, NC

Ten minutes away is Charlotte, home to Fortune 500 companies, world-class museums, shopping, and all kinds of nightlife and entertainment. Like sports? Here you can catch NASCAR, the Panthers, the Hornets, the Knights, the Checkers, nearly anything you could want. Charlotte is even home to the U.S. National Whitewater Olympic Training Center.

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“There’s a great community of people here that just want you to do your best. The campus is full of life; there’s just this joy on campus that I will miss the most. The experience—that’s what this campus is all about, the people, the professors, the atmosphere is just magical.”

Clare Kaiser, Sport Management major
Freelance Writer/Game Statistician, CNN Sports

“I’ve learned a lot academically and intellectually through the liberal arts education. I truly believe it’s formed me into a more well-rounded individual. As a biology major, taking classes like theology, psychology, literature, and history, classes I didn’t think I’d be interested in, has really captured my attention and helped me grow a lot.”

JJ Kuhlman, Biology major
Attending medical school at Florida State University

Next Steps

Thinking about graduate or professional school?

We can help with that. Our graduates have a 90% plus acceptance rate to some of the nation's top graduate and medical schools:

  • Baylor University
  • Bowman Gray School of Medicine
  • Georgetown School of Foreign Service
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Dallas
  • The University of Michigan Law School
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • William and Mary Law School

Career Services and Internships

The Office of Career Services and Internships turns your education into a career. The Office provides everything from interest assessments to resume writing assistance to salary negotiation guidance. Belmont Abbey will help you find internships, full-time jobs, and part-time jobs in the Charlotte area.

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