Belmont Abbey College

2014 Quick Stats
100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road

Belmont, NC 28012

Phone: (888) 222-0110
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#39 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Belmont Abbey College is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,706, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 650 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Belmont Abbey College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 39. Its tuition and fees are $18,500 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At Belmont Abbey College, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is welcoming, and classes that stimulate students' minds and cultivate their spirits. The College community is characterized by its academic strength, spiritual heritage, competitive athletics, and vibrant campus life. An Abbey education, grounded in the liberal arts, teaches a person how to seek the truth and to learn what is true, good and beautiful. This background, combined with the specialized work that each student does in his or her major and in a variety of co-curricular activities, equips Abbey graduates to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and others. The Catholic Benedictine traditions on which the College was founded over 130 years ago inform all aspects of campus life. Benedictine monks take three vows: stabilitas, conversatio morum, and obedienti. Translated simply, they mean stability of life, constantly turning towards and being improved by God's grace, and hearing and responding to the word of God. Belmont Abbey College provides a stable environment in which students, faculty, and staff listen, discuss, learn, and grow. At the Abbey, we like to think that John Henry Newman's motto, heart speaks to heart, describe faculty-student relationships. Beginning with the First-Year Symposium, a required course for all first year students, the College engages in a targeted approach to introducing students to the Benedictine mission and to collegiate academics. Common summer readings and whole-class activities enrich the student's experience in small-class settings. The course also helps students develop skills that are necessary to meet the academic demands of the College and helps them to adjust to their new learning community. The Abbey's Honors Institute offers another example of our commitment to academic strength. The Honors Institute of Belmont Abbey College is a four-year program that provides qualified students a wide range of unique curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences. The Honors Institute curriculum features courses in which students read and discuss some of the greatest and most influential texts of ancient, Christian, and modern writers. Extensive cultural experiences, independent study research, and the Honors Institute Seminar all provide a unique opportunity that challenge students to pursue clarity of expression and depth of thought. Our commitment to excellence and virtue extends beyond academics to extra-curricular experiences as well. Established in 1883, the Abbey's theater is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the Southeast. The Abbey Players and Belmont Community Theatre present six productions a year, including dramas, stylish comedies, major musicals, and a Shakespearean production. The Abbey Chorus, Belmont Abbey Quintet, and Carolina Pro Musica (an instrumental group that plays pre-1800 music on historic instruments) are also active on campus. Students at Belmont Abbey College also demonstrate strength in the athletic arena with nine men's sports and eight women's sports teams competing successfully in Division II Conference Carolinas. The motto of Conference Carolinas is Academics and athletics working together, and that reflects Belmont Abbey College's view as well. In fact, the College demonstrates this commitment in the new movement, SPD (Sport Properly Directed), where the vision is to put sportsmanship back into athletics and to reclaim the game. At the Abbey, student athletes are challenged to perform to their full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1876
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $7,650,283


When applying to Belmont Abbey College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Belmont Abbey College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.3%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Belmont Abbey College is 16:1, and the school has 61.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Belmont Abbey College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; Accounting; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 32%
Education, General 11%
Accounting 9%
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 8%

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Student Life

Belmont Abbey College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,706, with a gender distribution of 40.8 percent male students and 59.2 percent female students. At this school, 43 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 57 percent of students live off campus. Belmont Abbey College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,706
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Belmont Abbey College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Belmont Abbey College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Belmont Abbey College, 77 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Belmont Abbey College.

Students who have cars on campus 77%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Belmont Abbey College, 79.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,362.

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Tuition and fees $18,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,094 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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