Loughridge Center




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Completing your college degree is easier than ever!

The John C. Loughridge Center for Continuing & Professional Studies (CCPS) brings the liberal arts tradition of Belmont Abbey College to adult learners. We specialize in helping students chart the most direct path to a degree and have over five majors with many customization options. Our Center’s program has two 8-week sessions each semester, allowing you to take two classes each session to complete four classes per semester. Get started in the summer, fall, or spring. You have multiple options to fit your schedule.

Why choose the Abbey?

  • You will receive personalized attention at Belmont Abbey every step of the way.
  • Our program provides flexible scheduling because we understand the challenges of managing your life and returning to school.
  • We provide free tutoring to ensure that you are getting all the support you need to succeed.
  • You don’t pay a dime out of your pocket for parking, administrative fees, OR application fees!

  • We offer students transition courses to help you comfortably adjust to college classes.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to submit an admission application, plus official transcripts from all previously attended schools, college, and universities.


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Deadlines & Dates

We offer five start dates to accommodate when you want to begin. CCPS invites candidates to submit their applications at any time. The approximate dates of each session are below. See our academic calendar for specific dates.

Session Approximate start date
Fall Session I August 19
Fall Session II October 17
Spring Session I January 13
Spring Session II March 3
Summer Session TBA


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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.

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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 Places

The following majors and minors are available in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, at our Main Campus and our Sacred Heart Campus in Belmont, NC. We have recently expanded our online and hybrid course offerings to provide further flexibility for our students.



  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Services
  • Marketing

Adult Students who are available to attend day classes can also major in any of the programs offered to Traditional students.


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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 associate’s degree to complete their bachelor’s degree on a one-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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Alum La’Shanda Dean ’17

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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

No Hidden Costs

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Our tuition is $349 per semester hour. With no out-of-state tuition, no hidden fees, and flexible payment options, our competitive tuition has nothing to hide.

Per Semester Comparison

DescriptionSample State College in NC Fall 2018Belmont Abbey College
Loughridge Center
List Tuition
(12 hours)
NC Need-based Grant*($870.00)
Tuition net of NC resident grants$3,318.00
Fees (General and Tech)$1,776.00$0.00
Parking$155.00$0.00BAC Savings

*Based on EFC – Estimated Family Contribution

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Over 90% of the Abbey’s students receive some form of financial assistance! Explore the options you have by clicking below or by contacting us at (704) 461-7500 or cpsoffice@bac.edu.  Just a few minutes could change your life forever.

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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

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I can truly say that I don’t believe that I could have had the same success anywhere else.

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Business Management Major, Account Manager, Husband & Father