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Belmont Abbey College

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About Belmont Abbey College

Home to more than 1,500 students, Belmont Abbey College is a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution. We find our center in Jesus Christ, and believe in the development of the whole person—in mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to provide an education that will enable our students to lead lives of integrity, succeed professionally, become responsible citizens and be a blessing to themselves and others.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks we continue to celebrate the 1,500 year old Benedictine monastic tradition of prayer and learning. The Cardinal Newman Society calls Belmont Abbey College one of the top Catholic colleges in America for faithfulness and affordability, and First Things Magazine recently named the Abbey America’s #1 “School on the Rise, Filled with Excitement.” Though we are founded on our Catholic, Benedictine traditions we welcome a diverse body of students regardless of religious affiliation.

In addition we have received a “Top-Tier Ranking” by U.S. News and World Report, and recently named “A best Southeastern College” by The Princeton Review.

Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC, Belmont Abbey College is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Abbey is the only Catholic college between northern Virginia and Florida.

Campus information

Belmont Abbey College is located in the historic town of Belmont, North Carolina approximately ten minutes west of Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas. Students who come from other areas have a chance to see and become part of the educational, economic, and cultural dynamism of the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

Interstate 85 conveniently abuts the campus on its way to other thriving areas in the Carolinas. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, one of the South’s major transportation hubs, is ten minutes away.

The scenic campus is impressive. Most of the older buildings, which were engineered and built by the monks themselves before the beginning of the twentieth century, provide charm and atmosphere. There are also many modern buildings, and the wooded, landscaped grounds provide an ideal setting for study. The entire central campus was designated as a National Historic District in 1993.

The oldest building on campus is the Monastery, the residence of the monastic community. The Abbey Church of Mary Help of Christians, built in neo-Gothic style in 1892, was completely renovated in 1965 in a most striking manner. The church, which contains prize-winning painted glass windows and a unique baptismal font, is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. In 1998, the church was named a minor Basilica by the Pope John Paul II.

Robert Lee Stowe Hall contains administrative offices, classrooms for many of the liberal arts courses, the College Relations department, and some faculty offices. Located in St. Leo Hall are the Grace Auditorium, Career Services, the College Bookstore, The Catholic Shoppe, and many faculty offices. Laboratory facilities and equipment and additional classrooms and faculty offices are located in the William Gaston Science Building.

The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library contains more than 125,000 print books, 150,000 e-books, over 100 databases, and other digital sources, multimedia collections (DVDs, CDs), periodicals and microfilms, all searchable through the online catalog—Alexandria ( The main floor houses the Learning Commons, featuring reading and reference areas with workstations, group study tables, laptop plug-in carrels, and the Carter Center computer lab where reference librarians teach research skills and information literacy, and which are also available for faculty reservations. The Main floor also houses the technical services and interlibrary loan department, administrative offices, and equipment for printing, scanning, faxing, and photocopying. On the lower floor are current and bound periodicals, rare books, the monastic collection in the Benedictine Room, and multimedia materials and equipment. The open‑stack book collection is classified according to the Library of Congress system. The book stacks are located on both the main floor and the lower level.

The Library’s Learning Commons is a focus of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  Designated PILOT, for Promoting Information Literacy Over Time, this initiative sponsors information literacy sessions during the First Year Seminar; research-intensive experiences tailored to Rhetoric I & II; and discipline-specific pilot and capstone courses with assessment rubrics designed around the information literacy standards established by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC)is housed in the lower level of the library; students may receive tutoring as well as special accommodations for test-taking through the ARC.

The Abbot Walter Coggin Student Commons houses a one-stop shop for student services including the registrar, admissions, business office, financial aid and student life. Additionally, the Student Commons is open 24 hours a day for students to study, socialize and check postal mail. The Dining Hall is adjacent.

O’Connell, Poellath and Raphael Arthur Halls are built in a modular style, with suites of four rooms and a bath to serve four to eight students. Cuthbert Allen is a four-building complex with apartment suites which include kitchens. Between the Student Commons and the Athletic Fields are St. Benedict and St. Scholastica resident halls, built in 2013. These new residence halls, which house upperclassmen, have apartment style suites of two single bedrooms, a living room, and a shared bathroom.

Residence Life and Campus Ministry (including FOCUS offices) are located on the first floor of O’Connell.

Campus Police is located on the lower level of Raphael Arthur; police monitor the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

MiraVia at Belmont Abbey College is a residence hall for pregnant college students. This home is managed by a separate, non-profit organization. More information at

Located in the midst of the residence halls, the St. Joseph Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is open daily for prayer with daily Eucharistic Adoration during the academic year. (Student sign up for hours through the Campus Ministry office.)

The Wheeler Center for physical education houses a gymnasium, which seats 1,500, instructional facilities, an auxiliary gymnasium and a recently renovated fitness center, both open to the entire College community. Large playing fields provide excellent space for outdoor athletics. This student activity area includes a baseball diamond, a soccer field, a softball field, and intramural fields. A quarter‑mile track of asphalt circles the soccer field.

The Chi-Rho House contains the physical plant operations including maintenance and housekeeping for the campus.

Admissions tours start at the Lowry Alumni House which is also home to the Alumni Office.

The Haid includes the Abbey Theatre (home of the Abbey Players and Belmont Community Theatre), a ballroom for College functions, the campus Information Technology operations, and the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is accessible only from the outside entrance on the basement level.

Maurus Hall houses Holy Grounds, a campus coffee house and grille. 

The Sacred Heart Campus is located on the outskirts of downtown Belmont, and currently houses the Sister Christine Beck Department of Education, the Adult Degree Programoffices and classrooms, and Institutional Research. Evening courses for Adult Degree Program students are also offered at Charlotte Catholic High School, twenty miles southeast of main campus.

Belmont Abbey College is a member of the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium, a cooperative venture that includes 23 colleges and universities in the greater Charlotte area. The free exchange of library facilities and transfer credits multiplies educational opportunities for all members, which include Belmont Abbey College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Catawba College, Catawba Valley Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Cleveland Community College, Davidson College, Gardner-Webb College, Gaston College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Johnson C. Smith University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Livingstone College, Mitchell Community College, Pfeiffer University, Queens College, South Piedmont Community College, Stanly Community College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of South Carolina at Lancaster, Wingate University, Winthrop University, and York Technical College.

Belmont Abbey College is located in the historic town of Belmont, North Carolina approximately ten minutes west of Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas. Students who come from other areas have a chance to see and become part of the educational, economic, and cultural dynamism of the Piedmont area of North Carolina.


The cost of both room and board will remain the same for the 2015-2016 academic year. The only difference will be a new state sales tax on the meal plans. Incoming residential students will choose meal plans and indicate residential preferences on the housing application.

The Admissions Department has made an online version of the housing app for the 2014-2015 academic year. When a student deposits, he/she is sent the application.


  • Poelleth and O’Connell Halls (where all incoming first-year students will live)– $2,914 per semester
  • Raphael Arthur Hall- $3,037 per semester
  • Cuthbert Allen Apartments- $3,254 per semester
  • St. Benedict and St. Scholastica Halls- $3,350 per semester

Assignment of new students is made according to deposit date once this application has been processed. Returning students are assigned in order of completed academic hours. Once the Upperclassmen halls are full, the remaining students will be housed in O’Connell or Poellath Halls.


  • Basic Meal Plan- $2,133 per semester(plus tax), includes 14 meals per week w/ $200 Flex dollars
  • Unlimited Meal Plan- $2,233 per semester(plus tax), includes unlimited meals per week w/ $100 Flex dollars

Flex Dollars may be used in the campus coffee shop and grill, Holy Grounds. If you run short on Flex Dollars, you can add more throughout the semester. All resident students are assigned to the Basic Meal Plan unless they notify the Office of Residence Life that they want the Unlimited Plan before the end of the drop/add period.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Education and Teaching 1 English Language 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Law 1


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