Belmont Abbey College

  • Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC

  • Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC

  • Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC

  • Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC

  • Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC




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Belmont Abbey College

Owned and operated by Benedictine monks who settled in the North Carolina mountains in 1876, the rapidly growing Belmont Abbey College has built a well-deserved reputation for tenacity on behalf of Catholic principles.

The College has a comprehensive, liberal arts core curriculum including two Catholic theology and two philosophy courses. Its variety of majors includes a new nursing program in collaboration with a hospital under construction near campus. All theology professors have a mandatum from the local bishop.

Only about half the students and under two-thirds of the faculty are Catholic. Most other students and professors are Christian, given the historically Protestant region.

Spiritual life is centered at the historic Abbey Basilica and includes daily Masses and Confession and Liturgy of the Hours with the monks. Eucharistic adoration is available on weekdays in the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel. Some student residence halls are appropriately single-sex—others are separated by suites and floors—but regrettably opposite-sex visitation is allowed in student rooms until late at night, with no open-door policy.

Students enjoy a wide variety of clubs and arts performances, and with more than 30 varsity sports teams in the Conference Carolinas of NCAA Division II, there are many athletes. The quaint campus is ideal for study and contemplation, while the surrounding mountains and nearby Charlotte offer plenty of activities.

For all this, Belmont Abbey’s serious and authentically Catholic curriculum and leadership and its virtue-based athletics program make it a strong choice for Catholic families.

What we really like:

Belmont Abbey’s Great Books Honors College and Hintemeyer Catholic Leadership Program are exciting options for Catholic students. The monks and students from the Charlotte Diocese’s St. Joseph College Seminary greatly contribute to the College’s Catholic identity. And Belmont Abbey is impressively devoted to teaching Christian virtues in its athletics program.

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100 Belmont-Mt Holly Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

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Catholic Identity Special Recognition for Belmont Abbey College in The Newman Guide:

  • GOLD: Catholic Trustees

    100% of trustees are Catholic.

  • GOLD: Honors and Speakers

    Has policy prohibiting honors and speaking invitations to those who publicly oppose Catholic moral teaching and ensures that speakers do not call into question Catholic moral teaching.

  • GOLD: Spiritual Life

    Mass is offered every day on campus and there are scheduled opportunities at least three times/week for Confession & Adoration.

  • SILVER: Profession of Faith

    President makes the Profession of Faith at least once upon hiring, and all theology faculty have the mandatum.

All of the colleges recognized in The Newman Guide are serious about faithful Catholic formation and education, but they are quite different in many important respects. Explore their websites, talk to faculty and admissions counselors, and visit their campuses to determine which is right for you!