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Guide to Charlotte Area Higher Education

100 Belmont-Mt.Holly Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

NOTE: 3/9/2007 - The information below provided by Belmont Abbey College on their website.

Vision Statement
Belmont Abbey College finds its center in Jesus Christ. By his light, we grasp the true image and likeness of God which every human person is called to live out. We aim to renew that likeness in all dimensions of life for our students and members of our community through curricular and co-curricular programs of excellence and virtue based in the liberal arts as practiced in the Catholic and Benedictine intellectual traditions.

By excellence and virtue, we mean the skills, attitudes and stable dispositions of character that make possible the consistent practice of the good throughout the full range of human pursuits (scholarly, professional, community, personal). Recognizing that each field has its own standards of excellence, we strive to achieve them, led by St. Benedict’s desire “that in all things God may be glorified.”

As a Benedictine institution, we find this glory especially revealed in the development of the whole person, guided by the liberal arts, as a responsible steward of the true, the beautiful, and the good. We welcome the talents of everyone, from any background and tradition, who is committed to fostering that development and contributing to the mission of the college. To the members of the Belmont Abbey College community, we offer an environment and community animated by this vision where they may work towards their own full potential.


  • Embrace and instill the habit of excellence and virtue in all that we do.
  • Foster the development of each member of the Belmont Abbey College community as a total person in keeping with the Rule of St. Benedict.
  • Provide our students with a liberal arts education that prepares them--mind, body and spirit--to pursue the good for themselves and their communities.
  • Share the richness of our Catholic and Benedictine identity through college activities and communications so that we may inspire others to become part of the worldwide Belmont Abbey College community.


Central Piedmont Community College
PO Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235 USA
704-330-CPCC (2722)

The Central Piedmont Community College Foundation was established in 1965 as 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The Foundation's mission is to secure financial support for the College from corporations and businesses, charitable foundations, organizations, alumni, and other individuals. Dollars raised by the Foundation are utilized for scholarships, instructional and job-training programs, equipment, and faculty support. The Foundation also provides funding that allows the College to respond to emerging community needs and address shortfalls in public support.


801 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

NOTE: 3/9/2007 - The information below provided by Johnson and Wales University on their website.

Johnson & Wales University is a world-class university, where  students have an opportunity to pursue a career education in business, hospitality, culinary arts, or technology. Scores of majors and degree programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.

Johnson & Wales' four campuses are located in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Unique features include a 4-day school week, the opportunity to earn 2 degrees (associate and baccalaureate) in four years, and hands-on training at University-owned, -operated or partnership facilities or at worldwide co-op sites.

The Charlotte Campus, established in 2004, is located in the Queen City of the Carolinas. Charlotte is a blend of traditional and cutting edge—with access to mountains and the ocean, and the best of America’s northern and southern cultures.

Nearly 2,500 students are currently enrolled in the College of Business, the College of Culinary Arts and the Hospitality College. Our students represent 46 states and nine foreign countries.


100 Beatties Ford Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216 

NOTE: 3/9/2007 - The information below provided by Johnson C. Smith University on their website.

Founded in 1867 under the auspices of the Committee on Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is an independent, private, coeducational institution of higher learning.  Located in the rapidly growing metropolis of Charlotte, North Carolina, "Queen City of the South", this historically African-American university has a residential campus with a familiar atmosphere in which students are stimulated and nurtured by dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

Consistent with its Christian roots, the university recognizes the importance of moral and ethical values to undergird intellectual development and all endeavors. JCSU believes in the unrelenting pursuit of knowledge and in the values of cultivating the life of the mind. The university assigns great significance to the development of self-confidence, to the understanding of ones' own heritage as well as an awareness of the cultures of others, to exploration of the myriad forces affecting people of a complex technological age, and to formulating a sense of one's role in this schema.

The mission of JCSU is to provide an outstanding education for a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students from various ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographical backgrounds. The university offers a liberal education in conjunction with concentrated study in specialized fields, in preparation for advanced study and specific careers.

The university endeavors to produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, learn independently as well as collaboratively, and demonstrate competence in their chosen fields. Further, it provides an environment in which students can fulfill their physical, social, cultural, spiritual, and other personal needs through which they can develop a compelling sense of social and civic responsibility for leadership and service in a dynamic, multicultural society. Likewise, the university embraces its responsibility to provide leadership, service, and lifelong learning to the larger community.

Regarding teaching effectiveness as paramount in its educational enterprise, JCSU has a commitment to the recruitment and retention of an outstanding faculty. To this end, the university promotes faculty development, encourages faculty involvement in research and other creative activities, and endorses the principles of academic freedom.

To ensure the integrity and stability of its status and the perpetuation of its rich legacy, Johnson C. Smith University has a firm resolve to maintain the fiscal and human resources requisite to be a truly distinctive institution—a hallmark of excellence in its students, faculty, staff, administrators, academic and other programs, facilities, operations, and environment.


1900 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28274 

NOTE: 3/9/2007 - The information below provided by Queens University of Charlotte on their website.

Queens University of Charlotte, private and Presbyterian, educates students for noble lives, productive careers, and responsible citizenship, all within a changing global community. Queens seeks national preeminence as a student-centered university that enhances the traditional liberal arts with career preparation to provide an education that is both intellectually challenging and practical.

To fulfill its mission, Queens provides its students with opportunities to develop:

  • a personal philosophy of life reflecting high ethical standards and spiritual values, commitment to service, and a recognition of the intrinsic worth of all individuals
  • an ability to think clearly and independently, to make critical judgments in a variety of changing contexts, and to communicate effectively in writing and speaking
  • a basic knowledge of the academic disciplines and their inter relationships, and a special competence in one or more areas of study in preparation for professional activity or graduate study
  • appropriate knowledge and abilities to work creatively with others, to adapt to change, and to be responsible citizens and leaders in their communities
  • an understanding and appreciation of culture, including an informed respect for the differences among cultures, and an understanding of the global nature of our society


9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

NOTE: 3/9/2007 - The information below provided by The University of North Carolina at Charlotte on their website.

UNC Charlotte is one of a generation of universities founded in metropolitan areas of the United States immediately after World War II in response to rising education demands generated by the war and its technology.
To serve returning veterans, North Carolina opened 14 evening college centers in communities across the state. The Charlotte Center opened Sept. 23, 1946, offering evening classes to 278 freshmen and sophomore students in the facilities of Charlotte’s Central High School. After three years, the state closed the centers, declaring that on-campus facilities were sufficient to meet the needs of returning veterans and recent high school graduates.

Charlotte’s education and business leaders, long aware of the area’s unmet needs for higher education, moved to have the Charlotte Center taken over by the city school district and operated as Charlotte College, offering the first two years of college courses. Later the same leaders asked Charlotte voters to approve a two-cent tax to support that college.

Charlotte College drew students from the city, Mecklenburg County and from a dozen surrounding counties. The two-cent tax was later extended to all of Mecklenburg County. Ultimately financial support for the college became a responsibility of the State of North Carolina.

As soon as Charlotte College was firmly established, efforts were launched to give it a campus of its own. With the backing of Charlotte business leaders and legislators from Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, land was acquired on the northern fringe of the city and bonds were passed to finance new facilities. In 1961, Charlotte College moved its growing student body into two new buildings on what was to become a 1,000-acre campus 10 miles from downtown Charlotte.

Three years later, the North Carolina legislature approved bills making Charlotte College a four-year, state-supported college. The next year, 1965, the legislature approved bills creating the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the fourth campus of the statewide university system. In 1969, the university began offering programs leading to master’s degrees. In 1992, it was authorized to offer programs leading to doctoral degrees.

Now a research intensive university, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest of the 16 institutions within the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution in the Charlotte region.

The university comprises seven professional colleges and currently offers 17 doctoral programs, 59 master’s degree programs and 85 leading to bachelor’s degrees. More than 900 full-time faculty comprise the university’s academic departments and the 2006 fall enrollment exceeded 21,500 students. UNC Charlotte boasts more than 75,000 living alumni and adds 4,000 to 4,500 new alumni each year.