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).
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International Student Application Packet

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.
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  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

Welcome to your new home

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.” Belmont Abbey is located on Monastery grounds, and we employ the Benedictine Hallmarks into everyday life. Hospitality is one of the most important hallmarks to us, because all of our students experience hospitality when they come to campus. Typically, a host has hospitality when allowing a guest to stay; you will learn, however, that hospitality is a two-way street. Hospitality, in essence, is transformative for both parties involved, and the mingling of minds cultivates a sense of respect and welcoming.

Located just minutes from beautiful and energetic Charlotte, NC, Belmont Abbey gladly welcomes many international students each year. You’ll find 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.

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.

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!

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

Martin C. AucoinMartin
Director of Admissions

Martin provides leadership and support to the Admissions team as they assist future students and families in navigating the college search and decision process. He is a native of River Ridge, Louisiana, and a 2013 Belmont Abbey College graduate. Similar to many students, he was not the first in his family to attend the Abbey. Martin was nine years old when his family dropped off his oldest brother, Ralph, for his freshman year, and he says “it seems like there has been a pull to return ever since.”

During his time as a student, he was a Government and Political Philosophy major, Hintemeyer scholar, captain of the Cross Country team, and president of Sigma Alpha fraternity. “I would not have guessed it then, but my career in college admissions began my freshman year as an Abbey Ambassador student tour guide,” says Martin.

Upon graduating, he joined the professional staff as an Admissions Counselor and later as Admissions Operations Manager. Martin served as the Director of Enrollment Management at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC for three years before returning in 2018 to become Director of Admissions.

Martin is grateful for the continual support of his wife, Mary. She is an alumna of the BAC Biology program and holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University. They live in the town of Ranlo with their two daughters.

Martin’s advice to future students: “Have fun, get involved in things that interest you, explore things you do not understand, strive to always do your best, and don’t be discouraged by failure.”

 Admissions Schedule

Haid Fellowship Info SessionTBA January 2019Spring 2019 OrientationWelcome to our new students!
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Scholarship WeekendTBA February 2019Scholarship WeekendFor students coming to interview for scholarship programs
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(Registration by invite only)
Abbey ExperienceTBA March 2019Abbey Experience

The Abbey Experience is a wonderful opportunity to check out our campus and find out what we have to offer. You will meet with faculty, staff, and current students. This is a general Open House for all prospective students and parents.
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Sunday LuncheonTBA March 2019Sunday LuncheonJoin us for Mass, tour our campus, and enjoy a lunch with faculty
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Crusader Preview DayTBA April 2019Crusader 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 Community.

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Sunday LuncheonTBA April 2019Sunday Luncheon (Just for Juniors)Join us for Mass, tour our campus, and enjoy a lunch with faculty
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Abbey ExperienceMay 1st, 2019Deposit Day!Submit your deposit to reserve your spot in our incoming class by this date! Click here to deposit »

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“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.


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Getting here is easy. Belmont Abbey College is just seconds from I-85 exit 26.

The main Belmont Abbey College campus is located at: 100 Belmont-Mt Holly Rd Belmont, NC 28012

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) 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, you will see the campus in front of you. Turn left at the stop light, then turn right into the first entrance of the college. Follow the signs for Admissions Reception for a tour or Crusader Success Hub for the admissions offices. From the South: Follow Interstate 85 North to Exit 26, the Belmont Abbey College exit. Turn left at the stop sign, and left again at the stop light. You will see Belmont Abbey College to your right as you pass over I-85. Turn right into the first entrance of the college. Follow the signs for Admissions Reception for a tour or Crusader Success Hub for the admissions offices. Register for Abbey Experience by calling 888.222.0110 or click the button below.


Adventure is all around…

Many entertainment choices are only minutes away:  US National Whitewater Center, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, The Billy Graham Library, Crowders Mountain, Nascar-Lowes Motor Speedway, Carowinds Theme Park, Blumenthal Performing Arts Theater, Mint Museum of Craft & Design, NBA Charlotte Bobcats, NFL Carolina Panthers, many golf courses, malls, antique shops and fine dining.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Theater

Carowinds Theme Park

Crowders Mountain

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

US National Whitewater Center