The Place for You

The John C. Loughridge Center for Continuing & Professional Studies brings the liberal arts tradition of Belmont Abbey College to our adult learners in a flexible, affordable way. Welcoming people of all faiths and diverse backgrounds, the Loughridge Center focuses on the needs of mature students (23 years of age and older) giving them the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree. Through participation in challenging courses adult learners can meet their educational and career goals in a timely fashion. Get started in the summer, fall or spring. You have multiple options to fit your schedule. And if you need to stop you won’t be penalized when you start again. Take the first step today!

Step One: Get Your Personalized Consultation

Call 704.461.7500 today.

Going back is difficult. We are here to help.

Learn all the details: majors, application process, support services. 704-461-7500

Step Two: Apply Today

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. - Mark Twain

Don't delay! Now is the time to make your move!

Now you’re ready, take the next step to a better future and apply today!

Step Three: Order Transcripts

Get credit for what you've already done!

We'll pay for your official transcripts.

Complete your HS Transcript Request and you College Transcript Request forms.

Step Four: Apply for Financial Aid

We'll help every step of the way.

Get what you deserve!

We want to make sure you get all the aid you need. Visit our financial aid page for more details. When ready you’ll need to apply for financial aid.

Step Five: Register for Classes

Put your mind to it!

Now the fun begins!

The last major step is the most exciting. Begin your college career with exciting new courses. We’ll explain where you’ll start!

Why choose the Abbey?

  • At Belmont Abbey we understand the fears of returning to school, that is why we help you from application to graduation!
  • You dont pay a dime out of your pocket for transcript transfers, parking, administrative fees OR application fees!  No one else does this!
  • 95% of our adult students receive financial aid.  We do all the work for you from helping you fill out forms to processing your paperwork.
  • Our adult program provides flexible scheduling because we understand the challenges of managing your life and returning to school. 
  • We offer our adult students transition courses to help you comfortably adjust to college classes.
  • We provide free tutoring to ensure that you are getting all the support you need to succeed.
  • Our adult program is comprised of 2, 8-week sessions in which youll take 2 classes per semester.  Our goal is to have you graduating in 4 years!
  • Within a few weeks of you starting classes, we will make sure you have everything you need and that classes are going well. 
  • We offer course studies to help you excel at your current job or to help you move ahead into a brand new career.
  • You will receive personalized attention at Belmont Abbey every step of the way

Unlike other choices, at the Abbey you’ll also get the attention you deserve and the flexibility you need. From faculty that will know you by name, to administrators that ensure all your needs are met, the Abbey is different. Our retention rate is 73% — that means students get what they need and they stay. Our degree is built for you! All of this value comes at an affordable price. We’ve worked very hard to keep our tuition low. We haven’t raised tuition in more than three years. And we’re committed to keeping our college affordable with our Four-Year Tuition Guarantee. We don’t charge fees, we don’t charge for parking and we’re right here in Gaston County. Get the details and you’ll see — the Abbey is the affordable private college.

A Degree That Will Get You Going Places

Belmont Abbey College is a superior, private educational experience that comes from the personal relationship our students have with faculty who are leaders in their field. We have long served Gaston County residents through our various leadership programs, camps, and conferences.  Whether its Business, Psychology, Criminal Justice or Education (or many more) — the degree you’re seeking will help you move up or move on to a whole new career. Our graduates have altered their careers, started new businesses and changed their lives for the better.

You May Never Want to Leave

“This is a great place for adult students to obtain their life-long goals and at the same time develop life-long friendships. The support, belief and hope push you to the finish line.”
– Elsie A. Henderson
Psychology Major Full-time student, business owner, homemaker

“The instructors are so understanding and know the adult experience of trying to return to school while balancing work and taking care of a family and all the other daily things that come up.  I want to encourage anyone who is considering a school to look at Belmont Abbey College.” -Warren E. Moses Business Management Major with a concentration in Human Resource Management

“My professors have been great and have taught me a lot. They really are passionate in what they teach, and they care about the students. The criminal justice department here is phenomenal. “– Stephanie V. Lee Criminal Justice Major Full-time student

Elite Faculty 

More than 69% of Belmont Abbey College’s faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees. Being small and high quality, the Abbey provides an education by exceptional faculty with the one-on-one attention you deserve. Here’s just a small sample of our outstanding faculty. For a complete list of all faculty click here.


Dr. Julie Beeman – Criminal Justice Professor: I love the small classes and the numerous opportunities I have to get to know my students, in and out of the classroom. Our Criminal Justice majors are drawn to this field out of a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors and communities. I’m honored to guide them toward a deeper understanding of society and human nature. As a former practitioner, my experiences help students learn how to turn theory into practice.


Dr. Hugh Sales – Business ProfessorAfter a very diverse and exciting business career I decided to return to school, obtain a PhD, and become a college professor. In my career, I found the best employees were those who had a solid, well-rounded liberal arts education as well as professional skills. Belmont Abbey gives students this well-rounded background, with the added benefit of ethical and moral perspectives that can make them valuable and worthy citizens in life and business.


Sarah Powell – Education Professor: I don’t think you’ll find too many department chairs that teach the first class. I prefer to teach them because I want to show them the realities of the classroom and the multiple joys and challenges of being a teacher. And then I get to follow them up through graduation and watch them mature and learn the skill of teaching, and also develop in their hearts a real passion for children and learning.

The Flexibility and the Degree You Need – Now Online Too

_L7W0168We understand you need flexibility, we understand that life moves fast. That’s why we recently introduced our new online courses to help you ease into college life and still get the attention you deserve. With our new online courses you can get started today and choose your own class time. We’ve launched many new core courses that will enable you to explore the opportunity of a degree at the Abbey. New online courses like Biology, Political Science, Theology and History will show you the Abbey difference.

Courses are available online, in the evening and/or during the day. You decide what’s best for you.

Personalized Service from Your Very Own Staff


Julia Gunter
Executive Director


David Haun
Associate Director


Barry Hill
Adult Admission Specialist


Click here to request additional information, and get your personal consultation.

For those that need extra help, we have the answer.

Introducing the Gap Grant. As a Christian institution we feel called to make a lasting impact on our local community. For those that need extra support to afford the best kind of education we now have the Gap Grant. You may qualify. You owe it to yourself and your family to find out. 

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Time to Your Degree

How Long Will it Take to Get My Degree?

Per Year

If you’re starting your degree from the very beginning as a first year freshman, you can expect to complete your degree in four years (yes, four years), by only attending two nights  a week. We offer five 8-week sessions per year, and you’ll take two classes (6 hours) each 8-week session. This totals to 30 hours per year; over 4 years that equals 120 hours — 120 hours = your degree!!

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  1. Fall Session I
  2. Fall Session II
  3. Spring Session I
  4. Spring Session II
  5. Summer Session

For transfer students with an associates of arts degree from a North Carolina community college, you typically can complete your degree in 2 years. We can transfer up to 64 credit hours. With other transfer students, we can do a preliminary transcript analysis, and based on that, give you a good idea of what to expect.

All you have to do is get started!

For a personalized consultation call our Center for Continuing & Professional Studies at 704-461-7500.

When you choose Belmont Abbey College, you are investing in a hands-on, personalized education, and solid classroom training that will help you to achieve a successful career – and unlimited future earnings potential. Over 90% of the Abbey’s students receive some form of financial assistance!

 Learn more by calling 704.461.7500. Just a few minutes could change your life forever.


Tuition and Fees

At our Center for Continuing & Professional Studies tuition is $349 per credit hour.  If you are a full-time student taking 12 credit hours per semester your tuition charge is $4,188 per semester.

Total Cost Comparison

For students who do not receive Federal and State Aid. (12 credits per semester)


DescriptionSample State College
in N.C.
Fall 2016
Belmont Abbey College
Loughridge Center
List Tuition$1,886.50$4,188.00
NC Need-based Grant*($800.00)
Tuition net of NC resident grants$3,388.00
Fees (General and Ed & Tech Fees)$1,513.00 $0.00
Commuting Costs: 25 miles to each**$1,760.00 $880.00 (b)BAC SAVINGS
Total/semester$5289.50$4,268.00 $1021.50
*based on EFC - Estimated Family Contribution
**Based on 25 mile commute and latest Federal IRS allowable expense per mile

“I have had an amazing experience at Belmont Abbey. The school has had a great deal of flexibility and has been very supportive through my enrollment. I can truly say that I don’t believe that I could have had the same success anywhere else.
Matthew Jannazzo
Business Management Major
Account Manager for a large company, married with two children

The Loughridge Center at Sacred Heart Campus

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From Charlotte Douglas International Airport and all points North:

Follow signs to Interstate 85 South. Take I-85 South to Exit 26, the Belmont Abbey College exit. When you exit, turn right and follow the road toward downtown Belmont. At the fork, and a traffic light past Wilkinson you’ll stay on the left. The campus is on your left. Visitor parking is available in front of McAuley Hall. The Center’s offices are located just inside McAuley Hall.

From the South

Follow Interstate 85 North to Exit 26, the Belmont Abbey College exit. When you exit, turn right and follow the road toward downtown Belmont. At the fork, and a traffic light past Wilkinson you’ll stay on the left. The campus is on your left. Visitor parking is available in front of McAuley Hall. The Center’s offices are located just inside McAuley Hall.