Belmont Abbey College
Belmont Abbey College - Comments and Student Experiences|
I absolutely loved my time at BAC and would chose it again in a heartbeat. The small campus and setup of the dorms encourages a strong sense of community. When you see the same people every day, you don't have to work too hard to find friends. The school hosts a ton of events, particularly dances, so there's a lot to keep you occupied if you don't closed-mindedly boycott all campus events.
Faculty are fabulous and offer lots of individualized feedback. Classes are largely discussion based, and the Honors program in particular is wonderful. Compared with my friends who went to larger universities, I spent much more time writing papers! Some of the classes in core curriculum aren't challenging enough and feel like a waste of time, but AP exams let you test out of many of them.
Even though only a little more than half of the students are Catholic, the school has a vibrant religious identiy! Many students attend daily Mass, most of the faculty are Catholic, and many of the school's rules fall in line with the Chirch's teaching. Many students who dislike the Abbey moan about these things as if they didn't know hey were going to a Catholic college. My biggest complaint about the school is the split down the student body, which is essentially divided into the more academic Catholic kids and the partying student athletes. Of course, hhere are many exceptions, but that's the general trend and because of the divide school spirit is a bit tepid.
Most of all, you shouldn't go to the Abbey if you are looking for a party school. While there are tons of parties, they frequently get broken up and the attendees get written up. The RAs are not monsters, just students doing exactly what their job dictates-- because campus is so small, it's not hard to hear an out of control party. If done quietly, you can easily get away with underage drinking. Belmont Abbey's definitely a school in transition. It's slowly becoming more modern in its facilities and more academically rigorous, but it's not there yet. However, if you apply yourself and do the required reading, you'll leave with a wonderfully well-rounded education. Overall, I have very fond memories of my time at the Abbey and highly recommend it to studious Catholics!