Belmont, N.C. – Belmont Abbey College is recommended in the 2015 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 27 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity.

At TheNewmanGuide.com visitors can read the Guide for free, order a copy, view its companion magazine My Future, My Faith, or take advantage of “Recruit Me”—an innovative new opportunity for students to sign up to get recruited by the recommended Catholic colleges.

The Newman Guide says of Belmont Abbeyspires:

“Belmont Abbey’s Catholic identity has a unique quality… It is a college that offers much to Catholic students who choose to live out their faith, just as Belmont Abbey has chosen to live out its Catholic mission and Benedictine charism with resolve and enthusiasm.”

The Newman Guide’s new “Recruit Me” initiative flips around the typical college search process, with faithful Catholic institutions competing for prospective students. All students have to do is complete a short form at TheNewmanGuide.com, and colleges featured in The Newman Guide will go to work convincing the student why their program is the best fit for the student’s goals and abilities.

“Recruit Me is just another way that The Newman Guide makes it easy for Catholic families and students to explore a wide variety of options for faithful Catholic education, finding the institution that best suits their needs,” said managing editor Adam Wilson. “Every year, parents tell us how the Guide is setting students on a firm path for the future, whether it leads to religious vocations, marriages or professions. We are thrilled to make this resource available to Catholic families for the eighth year!”

First published in 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 20 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and seven international and online programs for their faithful Catholic identity. Its companion full-color magazine, My Future, My Faith, helps students navigate the transition from high school to college with advice on important topics like how to know which college is right for you, tips for getting accepted, writing the best application essay, keeping your faith in college and even rules for campus dating.

The book version of the Guide provides in-depth narratives exploring the uniqueness of each institution, questions and answers with the colleges, financial and career development information, and much more. The free online version at TheNewmanGuide.com includes all the content from the book plus more than 400 pages of additional information, videos, social media links, photographs, news and more.

The online version also makes it easier than ever for families to compare and contrast the recommended colleges. A chart on the website gives readers a quick glance at crucial facts like percent of Catholic students, number of majors, availability of Confession, opposite sex visiting hours in dorms and other important information for each recommended institution. Also, a global map now shows the locations of each recommended institution.

Recommended U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities

Aquinas College (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, Fla.)

Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, N.C.)

Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)

The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)

Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.)

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen (Warner, N.H.)

DeSales University (Center Valley, Penn.)

Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)

Holy Apostles College (Cromwell, Conn.)

John Paul the Great Catholic University (Escondido, Calif.)

Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Md.)

St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Ok.)

Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, N.H.)

University of Dallas (Irving, Tex.)

University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)

University of St. Thomas (Houston, Tex.)

Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio)

Wyoming Catholic College (Lander, Wyo.)

Recommended International and Online Programs

Campion College (Old Toongabbie, Australia)

Catholic Distance University (online)

Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (online)

International Theological Institute (Trumau, Austria)

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada)

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy)

Redeemer Pacific College (Langley, British Columbia, Canada)

Founded in 1993, The Cardinal Newman Society is dedicated to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. To become a member, visit us online at http://CardinalNewmanSociety.org.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit www.belmontabbeycollege.edu.

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To schedule an interview, contact Communications Assistant Justin Petrisek at 703/367-0333, ext. 121 or jpetrisek@cardinalnewmansociety.org.

For Belmont Abbey College contact Director of Marketing & Communications Rolando Rivas at 704-898-3084 or rolandorivas@bac.edu.