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Belmont Abbey College
Motto Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus
Motto in English That in all things God may be glorified
Established 1876
Type Private, Catholic/Benedictine liberal-arts college
President Dr. William K. Thierfelder
Students 1496
Location Belmont, North Carolina
Campus 650 acres (2.6 km²)
Colors Crimson and cream
Nickname Crusaders

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal-arts Benedictine/Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, 15 miles west of Charlotte. It was founded in 1876 as St. Mary's College by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey. It was changed to the current name in 1913.[1] The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Order of Saint Benedict.





The Lourdes Grotto at Belmont Abbey College.

Applied Psychology
Business Management
Computer Studies CIS
Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Elementary Education
Educational Studies
Environmental Science
Liberal Studies
Political Science
Sports Management

Core curriculum

Belmont Abbey employs a core curriculum in order to achieve its stated goal of producing well-rounded, liberally-educated students. As part of the program, all first-year students are required to take the college's introductory First Year Symposium course. Taught by professors from various fields, this course introduces and explains the theories of a liberal education through readings, lectures, and discussions. The course is also intended to inform students about the Rule of St. Benedict and the Benedictine Tradition.

After the freshman year, students are required to take a writing intensive course, a social sciences course, a global perspectives course, a math course, a fine arts course, two theology courses, as well as courses in logic, philosophy, and other topics.[2]


Belmont Abbey Crusaders athletic logo

Belmont Abbey's athletic teams call themselves the Crusaders and 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 JV basketball and men's JV baseball were added at the start of the 2005 - 2006 academic year. Men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track and field have been added for the 2009 season. College basketball coach Al McGuire, who coached Marquette to the 1977 NCAA Men's title, coached the Crusaders from 1957 to 1964 prior to becoming the head coach at Marquette. He led the Crusaders to 5 post-season tournament appearances.

Men's Sports

Cross Country
Track and Field
JV Baseball
JV Basketball
JV Soccer

Women's Sports

Cross Country
Track and Field

Student Life

Belmont Abbey College offers a wide range of student organizations including a solid Greek Life.


Phi Kappa Theta
Delta Tau Delta (inactive)
Sigma Alpha
Kappa Sigma
Pi Kappa Phi (inactive)
Sigma Phi Epsilon (inactive)
Tau Kappa Epsilon (inactive)


Tau Kappa Delta
Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Alpha Sigma Pi
Delta Psi Theta
Zeta Delta Phi (inactive)
Lambda Gamma Xi (inactive)

Notable alumni

Notable events

Faculty health care coverage controversy

In December 2007 it was discovered that the Belmont Abbey College healthcare policy covered "abortion, contraception and voluntary sterilization." These were removed by the administration immediately after they were discovered. Following the change in policy eight faculty members filed formal complaints to the North Carolina Department of Insurance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Women's Law Center about the removal of contraceptive coverage, the latter threatening a lawsuit on behalf of the eight faculty members. The Abbot and the administration have stated that they have no intention of reinstating those portions of the health care plan. [4]

The school's administration has received statements of support from Catholic news sources and other organizations[4][5]

In May 2008, the student newspaper, the Belmont Abbey Crusader, published an article pointing out that the Abbey still profits from two stores on its land that sell contraceptives, including a pharmacy.[6]

A Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College, is quoted as stating that the larger issue "is about the responsibility of the College as a Catholic and Benedictine institution neither to sponsor nor promote activities that the authoritative teaching of the Church considers seriously immoral." [6]

The Abbot defended the existence of Wal-Mart and Rite Aid on Belmont Abbey land, stating that "[They] are preponderantly good operations, i.e. 99 percent or more of their business is not problematic, and the employment generation and economic stimulation they provide for the community of Belmont are worth tolerating a small amount of evil. The Abbey is not willing to lease to them because they sell contraceptives, but despite it." [6]


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  4. ^ a b Aggie Catholics."Belmont Abbey College", Aggie Catholics, May 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Belmont Abbey College Removes Employee Benefits for Abortion, Sterilization and Contraception",, May 7, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Wentowski, Ray. "Belmont Abbey Removes Contraception Coverage from Employee Healthcare, Benefits from Contraceptive Sales on Abbey Land",, May 7, 2008.

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