Belmont Abbey College

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Belmont Abbey College is a private, liberal arts Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, which is about 15 miles west of Charlotte. U.S. News & World Report names this college as one of the best for 2011.

Nearly 1500 students are in attendance and the school nickname is the Crusaders. It was a male-only college until 1972 and their current President is Dr. William K. Thierfelder. The college is inspired by St. Benedict's desire "that in all things God may be glorified."

The school was founded April 22, 1876 when a missionary priest Reverend Jeremiah O'Connell donated land to the Benedictine monks of St. Vincent Archabbey from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Originally, the school was named St. Mary's but in 1913 it was changed to Belmont Abbey College.

In 2009, the Obama Administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has determined that Belmont Abbey College violated discrimination laws because the school's employee health insurance plan does not cover contraception. The president of the college said he would rather close the school's doors than violate the church's teachings on contraception.[1]


  1. Catholic college faces lawsuit over contraceptives, Washington Times, August 15, 2009

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