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Gaston County’s 4-Year College

The John C. Loughridge Center for Continuing & Professional Studies brings the liberal arts tradition of Belmont Abbey College to our adult learners in Gaston County 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 at Gaston County’s only 4-year college!

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  • Registration is currently in progress, so don’t delay.
  • Take classes just one night a week.
  • Session starts January 14.
  • Seated and online courses are offered.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Contact us at 704-461-7500 for more information.


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

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 Gaston County’s affordable 4-Year College.

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 don’t 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 you’ll 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.

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.

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We all come together and work together as a team to accomplish the same goal that everyone here is striving for — a great education and a degree.

Stephanie V. Lee

Criminal Justice Major, Full-time student

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.


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Online Learning

The Flexibility and the Degree You Need – Now Online Too

Courses are available online, in the evening and/or during the day. Classes are available at the Main Campus and the Sacred Heart Campus. Our adult students are fully integrated into the College program and are eligible to enroll in any of the College’s academic degree programs. With our Loughridge Center for Continuing & Professional Studies, students who are available to attend day classes can major in any of the majors offered to Traditional students. For students who can attend classes only at night, Belmont Abbey currently offers five evening majors: Accounting, Business Management, Elementary Education (K-6), Educational Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations available in other disciplines such as Criminal Justice and Psychology.  The evening schedule provides a full range of courses that enables the ADP student to complete a degree in one of the aforementioned majors.   We 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 now offer a selection of our core courses online such as Biology, Political Science, Theology, and History.

Alum Gina Lipscomb ’15

Alum Kevin Lipscomb ’17

Alum La’Shanda Dean ’17

Hybrid Courses

A Balance of Online and Classroom Learning

We offer Hybrid courses to give further flexibility to enable students  to receive their degree while working and caring for their families. Enrolling in a hybrid class means being in the classroom just one night a week.  Half of the class takes place online while the other half is in person. A hybrid class is a great way to have both the flexibility of an online class to learn whenever and wherever life takes you in addition to the face-to-face interaction of a classroom that allows you to build relationships with your professors and classmates.  Hybrid class are offered in a variety of academic programs. Further, the Business Management Major offers students who already have an associates degree to complete their bachelor’s degree on the on-night a week schedule in two years. 

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.


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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

Tuition and Fees

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.   As a Continuing & Professional Studies student you’ll save 57% over our regular traditional tuition. Plus over 90% of the Abbey’s students receive some form of financial assistance! Learn more by completing our short form or call 704.461.7500. Just a few minutes could change your life forever.

Financial Aid Details for Students 23+

Explore the options you have for financial assistance by clicking below. If you have any questions contact our Center for Continuing & Professional Studies at 704-461-7500.

Financial Aid

Per Semester Comparison

DescriptionSample State College in N.C. Fall 2016Belmont 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$800.00 (b)BAC Savings

*based on EFC – Estimated Family Contribution
**Based on 25 mile commute and latest Federal IRS allowable expense per mile

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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.

Warren E. Moses

Business Management Major, HR Management

Making the transition back to school can be difficult. We understand. We are here to help. Call 704-461-7500 today for a personalized consultation!

We’ll answer all your questions. You will learn details about the college, the majors we offer, the application process, degree requirements and adult student support services. In short, everything you need to get started on the road to your new future!

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Michael Utsman
Michael UtsmanDirector of Non-Traditional Programs
Julia Gunter
Julia GunterExecutive Director of the Adult Degree Program
David Haun
David HaunTransfer Counselor/Associate Director of the Adult Degree Program
Barry Hill
Barry HillAdult Degree Program Admissions Specialist

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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, Husband & Father