Additional Application Items for International Students

The following information is necessary for International Student application.

  1. Original High School Diploma, Certificate, or Transcript
    You MUST submit your original high school diploma, certificate or transcript for the last four years of high school to the service listed to be evaluated. Our minimum requirement is a 2.25 GPA. All international transcripts are required to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
  • If you are a university student or have attended a university, you must submit transcripts from ALL universities.  An official English translation may be required.
  • If you are transferring from a College or University in the United States you must also complete this Transfer Recommendation Form.
  1. Test Scores
    Please take either the SAT or the ACT test. If English is not your native language, please also take the TOEFL.
  • Our minimum requirement is SAT 850 math/verbal and/or equivalent ACT score
  • Our minimum requirement for TOEFL is one of the three:

550 PBT (paper-based test)      213 CBT (computer-based test)            79 IBT (internet-based test)

  1. Evidence of Financial Resources:
  • Provide an official bank letter indicating that you have or your sponsor(s) have an account with at least $29,000 USD.  The letter must indicate that this money is to be used to support your studies in The United States (Your name must appear on the bank letter).
  • Please complete the following International Student Application Packet. It must accompany the official bank letter.

***We cannot process your application for your I-20 without all of this documentation

  1. Once the Office of Admissions receives the documents listed above with all of the required information:
    • You will be issued an acceptance letter
    • You must Submit $2500 as your enrollment deposit
    • The Office of International Student Services will issue your SEVIS I-20

                        ***After the American Embassy approves your student visa and you enter The United States, you must Report to Belmont Abbey College by the date indicated on your SEVIS I-20.  

Note:  If you are in the United States with a B-1/B-2 visa, you must apply for a change of status (form I-539). Until the change of status is approved, you will not be able to register for classes.  You must apply 90 days prior to the beginning of the term to assure you will have ample time to receive the approval.   In most cases, you must go back to your country of citizenship and apply for a student visa (F-1) at the American embassy and enter the United States with your F-1 visa.


“Top-Tier Ranking” by U.S. News and World Report; Named “A Best Southeastern College” by The Princeton Review; Listed as a “College of Distinction;” Named “#1 School on the Rise, Filled with Excitement” by First Things magazine.
A Catholic, Benedictine, private, liberal arts institution that welcomes students of all religious and cultural backgrounds.
Founded by the Benedictine Monks in 1876, Belmont Abbey College and the Belmont Abbey Monastery are on the National Register of Historic places.
Belmont is located ten miles west of Charlotte, NC – the largest city in the state and one of the fastest growing communities in the United States.
The student body consists of over 1,600 students. 82 percent of traditional students live on campus, representing nearly 20 countries and 33 states.
More than 85 percent of students receive need-based financial aid; 90 percent receive merit-based scholarship.


Welcome to your new home, Belmont Abbey College! An Abbey education, grounded in the liberal arts, will help you to seek, to love, and to serve the Truth. Belmont Abbey College enjoys an outstanding academic reputation, consistently ranking as one of the best liberal arts institutions in the South. Recent acclaim included a top-tier ranking in the “America ’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as being listed as a “College of Distinction.” We take great pride in the fact that our prominent faculty, not teacher’s assistants, teach all of the classes, which average about 17 students.

An Abbey education builds an excellent academic foundation, provides the expertise that each student gains in his or her major discipline, grounds that learning with internship opportunities, integrates the whole student through a variety of rewarding and fun co-curricular opportunities, and equips each Abbey graduate to be a good person, a successful professional, and a responsible citizen. Students at Belmont Abbey College participate in a variety of activities, including over 40 clubs and organizations, an active student government, the highly popular Abbey Players, nineteen Division II athletic teams, intramural sports, community service, campus ministry, a literary magazine, Greek life, and much more. Our community realizes the importance of learning both inside and outside of the classroom, and strives to educate the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

Located just minutes from beautiful and energetic Charlotte, NC, Belmont Abbey gladly welcomes many international students each year. You’ll find a our Benedictine heritage a welcoming and loving support for your transition to life in the United States. Our hometown of Belmont is a quaint, safe and fun little American town with activities and entertainment no matter what your tastes are.

Announcing our Tuition Guarantee. In 2012 we announced a tuition reset that made Belmont Abbey College one of the most reasonably-priced private colleges or universities in the country. In 2015 we announced the Four-Year Tuition Guarantee, a promise your tuition will not change for your entire college career. Now is the time to choose the Abbey!


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Enjoy this brief overview of Belmont Abbey College

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Friday, February 19th - Saturday, February 20th, 2016 Scholarship WeekendFor all Premier Scholarship Applicants
Sunday, February 28th, 2016Sunday LuncheonWe welcome you to come learn more about the admissions process, join us for Mass, receive a tour of the school, and enjoy a lunch with some of our professors.
Saturday, April 2, 2016Abbey ExperienceThe Abbey Experience is a wonderful opportunity to check out our campus and find out what we have to offer. You will have the opportunity to meet with Faculty, staff, and current students. Some of the day’s events include mock classes, Mass, and a tour of the campus.
This particular Abbey Experience also gives a special opportunity for Juniors to find out about our competitive scholarships.
Saturday, April 23, 2016Crusader Preview Day
(for Admitted and Deposited students only)
Attend our Crusader Preview Day for the inside scoop on Belmont Abbey College and take your next step to becoming a Crusader! This all-day event for parents and accepted students will answer your questions, give you valuable insights and create experiences that are uniquely the Abbey. Topics like Financial Aid, Scholarships, Residence Life, Student Activities, Class Registration, Career Services, Campus Ministry, Athletics and a discussion of a Liberal Arts Education will all be covered. Enjoy a picnic lunch at this fun and informative event — your next step to joining the Belmont Abbey College Family.

Click Here to learn more and to register on-line!


Your Admissions Contact

Nicole_2013Nicole C. Focareto
Dean of Admissions

Nicole provides oversight and leadership in the areas of recruitment, event management and scholarship administration for prospective first time college students and transfer students. She is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Nicole holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Leadership Studies with a concentration in Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies from Marietta College. She also has an M.A. in Education from Marietta College in southeast Ohio.

Throughout her career, Nicole has held several positions in enrollment management, educational administration and college access, including serving as the director of admissions at The Cleveland Institute of Art, director of admissions at Holy Name High School, manager of financial aid for Cleveland Scholarship Programs, and assistant director of admission at Marietta College.

Nicole’s love of travel provided opportunities to serve as a primary delegation leader with the People to People Student Ambassador Program, traveling with middle school students to bridge cultural gaps between the U.S. and other countries such as Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Nicole has served as a faculty advisor for the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in 2001 and 2004 and GYLC-Europe in 2006 and 2011 in Vienna, Prague and Budapest.

Nicole genuinely enjoys working with students and providing opportunities for them to reach their potential. She is happy to lead the Belmont Abbey College Admissions staff and is looking forward to being a part of the positive changes at The Abbey. During her spare time, Nicole enjoys attending social events, traveling, reading, and volunteering.


You May Never Want to Leave

Decky-Web“Belmont Abbey has helped me become more grounded while giving me the confidence and the ability to further pursue my goals in life. I have met a lot of great people with different back rounds including the professors and coaches, who have all taught me how to be gracious and respectful towards others.”  

Declan McQuillan ’16
From: Kilkenny, Ireland
Senior, Sports Management Major, Men’s Soccer Team

Candy-for-Web“Travelling to the United States for the first time from a tourist destination island in the Caribbean only 18 miles long and 11miles wide was the biggest change I ever made in my life. Here at the Abbey I went from knowing no one to now feeling loved and cherished by many here at the Abbey.  Belmont Abbey allowed me to grow and mature mentally and spiritually in a way that I would have never imagined. I appreciate the treatment that the international student staff has shown me from day one, they make sure that I have everything that I need.  It is the place for international students who want a good education in a Christian environment, the small classroom size is just what I need to receive individualized attention from my professors. I am blessed with my Abbey family and   I can truly say that Belmont Abbey College is my home away from home.”
Cadella “Candy” Ferdinand’16
From: Kingstown, St. Vincent, & the Grenadines
Senior, Motorsports Management and Business Management Major.  Minor in International Studies, Altar Serving Ministry, Abbey Ambassador, International Club

“What I love most about the Abbey is the faith community behind everything. The grace and love of God is present here through the people and mission of the school. I’ve learned the true meaning of a healthy mind, body, and soul and how to balance everything in life.”
Krista Jasso ’18
Sophomore, Business Major