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A Welcome to Transfer Students

Thank you for your interest in Belmont Abbey College! An Abbey education, grounded in the liberal arts, will help you to seek, to love, and to serve the Truth.

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.

The Catholic Benedictine traditions and values upon which the College was founded over 130 years ago inform all aspects of campus life, including academics. Benedictine monks take three vows: stabilitas, conversatio morum, and obedientia which when translated simply mean stability, being amenable to change and improvement, and listening. Belmont Abbey College provides a stable environment in which to listen, discuss and learn, to grow, and become open to change. 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.

Transfer Admissions Counselors

Nicole_2013Nicole C. Focareto
Executive Director of Admissions
NicoleFocareto@bac.edu

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.

 

Ellie-4WEllie Feely
Transfer Counselor
EllieFeely@bac.edu

Ellie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is a 2014 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. She holds a B.A in Politics & Government and English with concentrations in Literature and Nonfiction Writing. During her time at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ellie interned in the Admissions Office where developed a passion to work with students throughout the college application process. Ellie is excited to join the Belmont Abbey College Admissions team as she embraces the opportunity to work with a variety of students from around the country. Ellie will work with prospective students from Mecklenburg County, along with the Midwestern and Western states.

 

Transferring Credits

Transfer credits for courses taken at colleges and universities that are recognized as accrediting bodies by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned, are generally accepted.

Belmont Abbey College will accept a maximum of sixty (60) credit (semester) hours from a community college. However, Belmont Abbey College will transfer a maximum of sixty-four (64) credit (semester) hours for students who graduate under the North Carolina Community College articulation agreement and receive an AA degree. Credit hours, not grade points, are transferred.

International Transfer Credit

International transfer credit is awarded for appropriate academic credit earned. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by Education Evaluators International, Inc. or another approved transcript evaluation agency prior to submission to Belmont Abbey College.

Advanced Placement and CLEP

Belmont Abbey College will consider for advanced standing students of superior ability who have taken the Advanced Placement Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board and have scored 3 or higher. By this examination, a student may meet the requirements of some college courses, with credit. In addition, the college accepts College Level Examination Program (C.L.E.P.) general and subject area credit for scores at or above the 50th percentile. Credit is awarded only for courses in the College’s current curriculum. A maximum of thirty (30) academic credits will be offered for advanced placement and college-level learning acquired in non-traditional settings.

Articulation Agreement

Belmont Abbey College participates in the comprehensive articulation agreement with the North Carolina University Community College System. Belmont Abbey College will transfer a maximum of sixty-four (64) credit (semester) hours for students who graduate under the North Carolina Community College articulation agreement and receive an AA degree. Credit hours, not grade points, are transferred.

Click here for the February 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (PDF)

Consortium Participation
Belmont Abbey College is a member of the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium (CAEC), a cooperative venture which includes 24 colleges and universities in the greater Charlotte area. The free exchange of library facilities and transfer credits multiplies educational opportunities for all. Participating member institutions include:
Belmont Abbey College

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Catawba College
Catawba Valley Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Cleveland Community College
Davidson College
Gardner-Webb University
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Johnson C. Smith University
Lenoir-Rhyne College
Livingstone College
Mitchell Community College
Pfeiffer University
Queens University of Charlotte
South Piedmont Community College
Stanly Community College
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of South Carolina at Lancaster
Wingate University
Winthrop University
York Technical College

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Getting Involved

One of the important parts of a transfer student’s transition is getting involved, because joining clubs and attending events is one of the best and quickest ways to meet people, especially those who might share your interests. Belmont Abbey has over 40 different student clubs and organizations, including the Crusaders for Life pro-life club, Debate Team, and Men’s and Women’s Households. Click here for the Student Clubs and Organizations Page.

Reflections From Current Transfer Students

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What are you involved in around campus and the community?
“I have my hands in a lot of different activities; I’m the vice-president of the Psychology club, help with the Crusaders for Life club, co-lead the Fidelis girls’ club at St. Ann’s Parish, student mentor for the freshmen Study Skills class, lector at mass, and volunteer at Miravia, the crisis pregnancy center across from campus.”
What’s your favorite part about the abbey?
“I think the fact that we have a Benedictine monastery at the heart of our campus is simply AMAZING! I love attending Vespers in the basilica at night, going to Praise and Worship, and soaking in the peace and joy that comes from having a basilica, a community of awesome monks, and an adoration chapel all at your fingertips.”

-Ashley Osmera, Psychology Major & Hintemeyer Scholar

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Why did you decide to transfer to the abbey?
“The Motorsports program is what drew my attention to the Abbey, because it’s a degree that is only offered at a handful of schools throughout the nation. It was the perfect fit for me because I could major in the exact thing I wanted while continuing to deepen my faith through the Catholic atmosphere of the Abbey.”
What advice would you give to future transfer students?
“My advice to future transfers is get involved with the campus the second you set foot on it. Look to join clubs, attend sporting events, or get involved with campus ministry or the student activities board. Above all, however, be yourself! Every student has something different to bring to the abbey so don’t think you have to change to fit in.

-Gabriel Heron, Motorsport Management Major & Business Minor

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What’s your favorite part about the abbey?
“I love the atmosphere, and everyone is so welcoming and friendly. Even if it’s a smaller college you meet new people every day, and it’s so nice to see all the smiling faces around campus!”
What advice would you give to future transfer students?
Whatever you undertake, there is always someone to support and encourage you; it doesn’t matter whether you succeed or fail at it. So this is the perfect school for opening up and trying new things that you might not have done otherwise!

-Aimee Cloninger, Elementary Education Major & Volleyball player

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