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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