Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal-arts Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina
Belmont Abbey College was founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict. It is endorsed by the The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
Offering an undergraduate education, the college enrolls students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
The Abbey is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the American Medical Association. More than 80 percent of the faculty at Belmont Abbey hold doctoral degrees in their subjects. After completing a core curriculum, students declare a major and concentrate within their chosen areas of study.
The college’s First Year Symposium, required for incoming freshmen, seeks to acclimate new students to college life. Taught by professors from various fields, this course explains the theories of a liberal education and introduces students to the Rule of St. Benedict and the Catholic intellectual tradition.
The Belmont Abbey Crusaders participate in the NCAA’s Division II program. The Crusaders are members of Conference Carolinas. Men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s golf. Men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field have been added for the 2009 season. Al McGuire coached Basketball for the Crusaders from 1957 to 1964. During his tenure the team had 5 post-season tournament appearances.
In 2009, the Crusaders Baseball team reached the NCAA Division II World Series, at the USA Baseball Training Complex located in Cary, North Carolina. The Crusaders were ranked 6th in their respective regional tournament and went on to win four straight against nationally ranked teams to capture their first regional championship. The Crusaders fell to eventual National Champions Lynn University after winning two in a row. The Crusaders finished the season ranked 3rd in the Nation.
In 2012, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Basketball all won the NCAA Division II Conference Carolina title.