Belmont Abbey College: Narrative Description

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100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012-1802
Tel: (704)825-6700; 888-BAC-0110
Admissions: (704)825-6884
Fax: (704)825-6670
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Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 650-acre small town campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $14.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3785 per student. Total enrollment: 800. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 845 applied, 69% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 52% from top half. Full-time: 712 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 88 students, 76% women, 24% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 23 other countries, 51% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 30% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Charlotte Area Educational Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. One-time mandatory fee: $672. Comprehensive fee: $25,310 includes full-time tuition ($15,910), mandatory fees ($814), and college room and board ($8586). College room only: $4829. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, location, and student level. Part-time tuition: $499 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $201 per hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, location, reciprocity agreements, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 34 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 35% of eligible men and 40% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: College Union, WABY (student radio station), Abbey Players. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 750 college housing spaces available; 529 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only housing available. Abbot Vincent Taylor Library plus 1 other with 110,050 books, 59,000 microform titles, 630 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $420,815. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

In the southern Piedmont section of the state, Belmont is a growing textile center. Commercial transportation is available. The community facilities include churches of all denominations, hospitals and health services, a library, YMCA, and shopping centers. Numerous civic and service organizations are active. Hunting and fishing are popular sports in the area as well as all water sports, enjoyed at Lake Wylie. The Belmont Abbey, located here, was the first Cathedral Abbey in the United States now a bal, and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

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