Students Say

Belmont Abbey College is “a small, Catholic, liberal arts college” that boasts a broad and “challenging” core curriculum and intimate classes. Evidence of the school’s Benedictine tradition is all over the place. Belmont Abbey is “very focused on the Catholic faith” and on “trying to teach Catholic principles.” The administration and the professors “are very capable and genuinely care.” “I love all of my professors,” gushes one enthusiastic student. “Unlike at large institutions, you can really get to know your teachers, and your teachers can really get to know you.”

Overview

Applicants
1,981
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.13

GPA Breakdown

12%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
27%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
428 - 540
SAT Math
440 - 530
ACT Composite
18 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Belmont Abbey College is “a small, Catholic, liberal arts college” that boasts a broad and “challenging” core curriculum and intimate classes. Evidence of the school’s Benedictine tradition is all over the place. Belmont Abbey is “very focused on the Catholic faith” and on “trying to teach Catholic principles.” The administration and the professors “are very capable and genuinely care.” “I love all of my professors,” gushes one enthusiastic student. “Unlike at large institutions, you can really get to know your teachers, and your teachers can really get to know you.” If you fall behind, one-on-one tutoring is available in a number of subjects. BAC was the first school in the country to offer a Motorsports Management concentration in the business degree program. The program includes courses in sports marketing and racing management in addition to traditional business-related course work. Belmont Abbey is also one of the few Catholic colleges in the U.S. that is connected to a monastery. Having “a monastery full of monks” on campus is “really cool” and “pretty handy.” They celebrate Mass “every day” and the “daily common prayer of the monks” is “open to all students.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
129
with Terminal Degree
67

70
Men
59
Women
10
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Humpy Wheeler
Recently retired President of Lowes Motor Speedway

Patrick McHenry
Congressman

Steve Delaney
Award winning television journalist of NBC News

Joseph Lacher
Former director of BellSouth

James Patrick O'Leary
Renown surgeon skilled in cancer research

Maximo Alvarez
President of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors

Louis E. Antosek
Decorated Captain in the US Navy

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,197

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,036

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,551

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,632

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,545

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$18,500
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,648

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“Everyone is friendly and easygoing” at Abbey and “It’s easy to find a close-knit group of friends.” Virtually everyone knows everyone else, too, which can cause “a lot of drama.” Obviously, many students are Catholic. However, a substantial proportion of students aren’t Catholic, and BAC’s ethnic diversity is noteworthy. There are “traditional and nontraditional students” here. “All the students seem to meld together and work well with each other; it doesn’t matter if they are old or young, male or female, [or of any] race and religious belief.” Typical Abbey students have “attended some type of private school” their whole lives. Many are “from small high schools.” There is a large group of “athletes here on scholarships to play a sport.” Overall, “Students are generally happy about being here and very welcoming to all. The ones that are really active in the school’s politics and [extracurricular] groups are really interested in creating an environment where students can grow into healthy, proactive, successful adults---spiritually, mentally, and physically.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,647
Out of State
28%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

58% female
42% male
28% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The campus here is “very peaceful” and “especially beautiful.” “The view of the Gothic spires of St. Leo’s Hall breaking through the evergreens is enough to take your breath away,” enthuses one student. Schoolwork keeps students busy, as do intercollegiate and intramural sports. “There are always sporting events to attend around campus.” “Soccer is a huge part of Abbey life in the fall, and just as it winds down, basketball season begins, and lacrosse and baseball after that.” Concerts and theater performances are a big hit as well. “It’s fun to watch your fellow student friends compete and perform, because you know everyone on a personal level,” says one student. Students say Abbey offers “partying,” but sometimes “There isn’t much of a social life on campus.” “Most of the time we rent movies from Blockbuster,” says a first-year student, or “play board games.” “For those who like to go clubbing, there’s a party bus that picks people up [off campus] a few times a week and takes them to Charlotte.” Students appreciate their “close proximity to Charlotte”---“only a short, 10-minute drive”---making it easy “for students to sample the nightlife, go out for dinner at a nice restaurant, or shop.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
75

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Michelle Allen

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
30
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
10

2% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

12% participate in intramural sports
21% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lady Crusaders)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNCC
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNCC
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNCC

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
3

Average Number of PC's per Lab
23

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
CDW-G (NCICU Agreement)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nicole Focareto
Executive Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road
Belmont, NC 28012

Phone
704.461.6214

Email
admissions@bac.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Church/Basillica
Weeler Center Athletic Center
Dining Hall
Holy Grounds Coffee Shop
Adoration Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Uptown Charlotte
Town of Belmont
Lowes Motor Speedway
National Whitewater Center
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus Charlotte airport 10 minutes Shuttle Bus Taxis

Driving Instructions to Campus
Highway 85. 10 miles south of Charlotte...follow the signs for Belmont Abbey College.

Local Accommodations
See web site Brand New Hampton Inn, approximately 2 blocks from campus with easy access to Interstate.
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Key Stats

1,981
Applicants
1,647
Size
68%
Acceptance Rate
970
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists