What do our students say?

Brigid Wilson
Year:  Senior
Major:  Psychology
Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

“I came to the Abbey for many reasons – the usual suspects of faith, education, and small community.  But the real question is why do I stay?  Because of the people.  The people of Belmont Abbey are one of a kind, and the friendships I’ve made here surpass all of my expectations!”

Sean Faherty
Year:  Senior
Major:  Business
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

“I was attracted to Belmont Abbey College mainly for the teaching environment.  The Business Department is one of the best because critical thinking is encouraged; with the average class size being roughly 15, the learning environment is perfect for class participation.  This allows the focus to be on student development and fosters professional growth.”

JoJo Ruedisueli
Year:  Senior
Major:  English
Hometown: Norfolk, VA

 “The Abbey has become my home; where the college has given me many opportunities and gifts that I use each day.  Belmont Abbey College also encourages me to give back not because I have to, but because I want to.  I’m a Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office and it gives me great joy to show off my campus to prospective students and their parents.  I look at it this way, I am contributing to the future of the Abbey while preparing for my own future of professional endeavors.”

Kurt Ferreira
Year:  Senior
Major:  English
Hometown: Turlock, CA

“When I came to the Abbey I felt a sense of community.  When you arrive, you become a unique part of the Abbey.  No matter where you go, you will be taking a small part of the Abbey with you.”

Sarah Bathon
Year:  Junior
Major:  Elementary Education
Hometown: Greenville, SC

“I initially came to Belmont Abbey simply because it was one of the only schools that was still accepting students in July for the Fall semester.  After arriving and becoming a part of the community, I fell in love and couldn’t imagine leaving.  The spirit of the community, the classes, the people, and campus itself became my home away from home.  My college experience continues to encourage me and push to grow and flourish academically and spiritually in ways that cannot be found anywhere else.”

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Brigid Donohue
Year:  Senior
Major:  Government & Political Philosophy
Hometown: Winterville, NC

“Belmont Abbey…gives you that sense of belonging and community.”

Cassidy Coutinho
Year:  Junior
Major:  Psychology
Hometown: Cornelius, NC

“The school just had such a good vibe. I just fell in love with it without meaning to.”


Daniel Callahan
Year:  Senior
Major: English
Hometown: Fair-fax, VA

“Once you meet new people, and find something here that you’re interested in, it really becomes a great experience.”

Maggie Gallaher
Year:  Senior
Major: English
Hometown: Hot Springs, AR

“I went around searching for colleges around home but none of them dazzled me as much as the Abbey I think. It’s really difficult to get to know people in five minutes but here there just seems to be an openness and a real beauty about their acceptance of people.”

Katy Connery
Year:  Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Long Beach, NY

“The Abbey is definitely a home away from home…I think that people find that once you get a good group of friends, and start meeting professors and stuff, it doesn’t feel like you’re so far away from home.”

What do our alumni say?

Mary Whitfield
Year:  Class of ’14
Major:  English
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

“I came to the Abbey because the professors provide not only academic assistance, but guide us to be better people, and to glorify God in everything that we do.  I wanted an authentic Catholic education and I am confident that I received that. We are encouraged to be our best selves.”

Javy Valleya-Ayala
Year:  Class of ’14
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

 “I came to the Abbey because I wanted to be part of a school in which I could share the same beliefs with others.  The faith basis on this campus lays the ground work for faith and cultural diversity.  I feel completely welcome here.  I am encouraged to grow in mind, body, and spirit.”

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Mike Laheta
Year:  Class of ’12
Major: Business
Hometown: Broad view Heights, OH

 “You weren’t just learning from the staff, which is a phenomenal experience, but you get to learn from industry, professionals, people who have done what you’re trying to do. Who have made a career of out this thing that you’re trying to persue.”

Jessica Brushaber
Year:  Class of ’14
Major: English
Hometown: Geer, SC

 “This school dedicates so much to you that you just want to be invested in it.”

Carolina Weakland Warden
Year:  Class of ’14
Major: English
Hometown: Madison, WI

 “I think that it’s a beautiful campus, that people kind of get enchanted by it when they come here. I think that the study body overall is just sort of happy to be here; and they enjoy the class settings that are smaller, and being able to have a more personal relationship with the teachers.”

Laura Lovelace
Year:  Class of ’05
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Lowell, NC

 “There is a ton of opportunity. There are different clubs. There are different majors. There is different things to get involved in, in the community. So it’s exactly that: it’s what you make it.”

Reggie Polite
Year:  Class of ’14
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

 “It’s not a big campus, you don’t get lost. You don’t feel like you’re lost or you’re just a number. You feel, you really feel part of Belmont Abbey.”

Jim Babb
Year:  Class of ’59
Major: Business
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

 “I had a wonderful experience there, and I still cherish it everyday.”

Humphrey Wheeler
Year:  Class of ’56
Major: Education
Hometown: Belmont, NC

 “I don’t think a number one college in the country is going to make you the greatest thing since sliced bread. You’re going to make yourself the next best thing after sliced bread, but you need to be at a place that brings the best out of you out, and I think Belmont Abbey is one of those places.”

Ed Antosek
Year:  Class of ’68
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Salisbury, NC

 “What struck me was their dedication to education.”

Melissa Sparr
Year:  Class of ’99
Major: Business
Hometown: Concord, NC

 “You’re going to get an education but not just be a number or test on the information that you know, but actually get that small class with one on one time with the professor and the students in the class. So you’re not going to memorize that information–you’re going to learn it.”