<span>Colleges for a 20 ACT</span>

Colleges for a 20 ACT

The ACT is a standardized test that measures academic performance and compares it to that of other high school students across the country. A score of 20 on the ACT demonstrates that you correctly answered a little more than half of the questions on the exam.

Is a Score of 20 Good?

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 the best possible result. A score of 20 is just below the national average of 20.8 and means that approximately half of all test takers received a higher score on the test. One of the purposes of taking the ACT is to increase your competitiveness during the college application process and a 20 doesn’t necessarily accomplish that at most colleges.

I Want to Go to College, What Do I Do?

In order to improve on a score of 20, consider retaking the ACT.  If you’re a junior, there are still several opportunities to do so. In the time before the retest date, prepare for the exam by taking ACT Practice Tests. Consult the breakdown of your score in each of the test’s four subjects: science, English, mathematics, and reading. Those subject scores will give a sense of which fields of study to concentrate on.

For further test prep, utilize your high school’s ACT resources. Consult an academic advisor or college counselor for recommendations on practice test books. If you have time to do so, enroll in a test prep course overseen by your school or the district. For those who work best in a one-on-one setting, visit a private tutor if it’s within your financial means.

If you’ve decided to retake the ACT as a senior, there are typically test dates in the fall that will return scores in enough time for the latter half of admission season. Check out some colleges that have later application deadlines, in January through March, and see if any of them interest you. If retaking the test isn’t possible or doesn’t make sense in your situation, take a look at your college application as a whole and adjust how you’re labeling your safety, reach, and match schools.

What Colleges Can I Apply to With an ACT Score of 20?

A test score is only one component of the application and many institutions don’t have a “required” ACT score, but a range that they typically accept. However, the colleges and universities we have listed below have a history of admitting students who earned a 20 on their ACT.

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Originally founded by the Convention of Free Will Baptists, the University of Mount Olive is a 4-year liberal arts university with a Christian-centered focus in eastern North Carolina. Mount Olive confers bachelor’s degrees in 26 academic majors. For...

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Absolutely wonderful university! They are very much like a family and well prepared to handle individual matters. They make everyone feel welcomed no matter your worries.

” – Katherine from NC

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent is a Catholic liberal arts college in New York City. From its campus overlooking the Hudson River, the Mount offers undergrad degrees in over 70 academic programs. As a...

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It is a wonderful school with great people who I know are forever friends. The school fosters education to its max as well as intergrating sports and socialization in. It is everything I dreamed a college to be.

” – Colleen from Manchester Center, VT

Bemidji State University is a public institution located on the shore of Lake Bemidji in the rural town of Bemidji, Minnesota. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a “selective” admissions process. The...

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Several programs are being cut due to the new budget, BSU has some great programs such as in Nursing, Social Work, and Business to name a few. Every teacher I had has met my expectations thus far.

” – Sarah from Bemidji, MN

Shorter University is a private liberal arts institution associated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. The main campus is located in Rome, GA, and there is a satellite campus in Atlanta. Business administration and management, liberal arts and...

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shorter university is an amazing school. the class sizes are small, and the professors are very dedicated to your success.

” – jasmine from tallahassee, fl

Dillard University is a private HBCU and liberal arts institution situated in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is associated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. Dillard provides a liberal arts-based curriculum focused on...

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Dillard University is unique and refreshing because of it's small size, family values, and religious backgrounds. I truly love and enjoy everyday that I get to walk on campus and greet friendly faces. Dillard university is the best place to receive a...

” – Jada from New Orleans, LA

Missouri Western State University is a public school based in Saint Joseph, MI. MWSU is one of the less than 500 colleges in the US with an ABET-accredited engineering programs. Upon admittance to Missouri Western students rub the head of the statue...

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Missouri Western State University has a beautiful campus. MWSU is very diverse and welcomes students from all walks of life. Everyone comes together as a griffon.

” – Alyssa from St Joseph, MO

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is a 4-year institution located in Los Angeles, CA. Offering 26 fully-accredited professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate majors, classes average 15 students and the institution maintains a student...

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i could not be happier coming here; i have never learned more in such a short period of time. the people who come here are amazing, the teachers are even better, and the work i'm producing is so different than my stuff i was working on a year ago...

” – Haley from Burbank, CA

Founded by a group of nuns and the local bishop, the University of Providence is a Catholic liberal arts institution in Great Falls. UP is home to schools of Liberal Arts and Health Sciences offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors. As a...

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The University of Great Falls, Montana, has great science, education, psychology, and criminal justice programs. This school is also very small, capping class sizes at 20 people, yet it still has very many successful clubs and sports programs. Even...

” – William from Spokane, WA

St Andrews University is a public institution based in St. Andrews, Fife, and is the oldest university in Scotland. It is one of the most difficult universities in the UK to gain admittance to. St. Andrews University operates its own wind farm and is...

Claflin University is a private HBCU and independent institution based in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The school provides a career-oriented liberal arts education. It is a member of the United Negro College Fund and affiliated with the United...

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Since being at Claflin, I have learned a lot and the professors are very helpful and easy to talk to.

” – Shaquai from Andrews, SC

Originally founded as Hawai’i Vocational College, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo is a public liberal arts college on The Big Island. UH Hilo confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors including Hawai’ian Studies. The university also...

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The campus is large and growing. It has a diverse campus life and offers many pathways of study. It has a PharmD program that is amazing.

” – Ruby from Crescent City, CA

Originally founded as a school for women called the Livingston Female Academy, the University of West Alabama is a coeducational 4-year public university. UWA is home to five colleges and divisions offering undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic...

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The campus is small, yet it feels much like home. Meeting new people is not an issue, because everyone is friendly. The atmosphere overall, is very welcoming.

” – Jamilia from Eutaw, AL

Cornerstone University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Life on campus is rooted in the college’s Cornerstone Virtue Project, which guides students in the exploration of virtue throughout chapel...

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I have learned a lot, not just academically, but I have also learned a lot about myself. The classes are all Christ-centered, and the professors are not only excellent teachers, but are also great mentors and role-models. The staff and faculty make a...

” – Jessica from Atlanta, MI

Campbellsville University is a private institution affiliated with the Baptist Church. The CU campus is based in rural Kentucky and is home to the Clay Hill Memorial Forest which is used as an educational and research area for woodland studies...

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The professor student ratio is perfect. The classes are not overwhelmingly large which creates more opportunities for students and attention.

” – Kathryn from Beaver Dam, KY

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

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Gallaudet has give me the opportunity to prove myself as an deaf individual, not only to my family, to the society as well. Not only opportunities poured in, the communication at Gallaudet has made it accessible for the deaf students. I can say I...

” – LINDSEY from WASHINGTON, DC

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is home to three colleges, of Business, of Education & Health Sciences, and of Arts & Sciences. On top of the wide variety of majors and minors provided on...

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Both the town and the school are big enough to meet new people and find opportunities, but small enough so you don't feel lost in the crush. Classes are sized to give you a great connection with your professor and peers. On-campus groups come up with...

” – Rachael from Renton, WA

Elms College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA, Elms is a Catholic college and offers mass Monday through Thursday, as well as missions trips, programs...

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Elms College is best described as a friendly, tight knit family. Being a smaller college, students quickly become familiar and comfortable with their professors and fellow students. With a diverse population of students, a beautiful campus, and...

” – Rachel from Ellington, CT

Rockford University is a private, 4-year institution established on a suburban, 150-acre campus in Winnebago County, Illinois. Rockford offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations through the College of Arts and...

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The teachers are really interested in your learning. So if you ask questions they will give you the best and detailed answer. They will be available to you at every hour so you could ask them questions about the homework or any problem you might have...

” – Erick from Rockford, IL

Georgia Southwestern State University is a 4-year public institution and part of the University System of Georgia. GSW is home to five colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 40 academic areas of study. Additionally, Georgia...

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Georgia Southwestern is a has a small, but beautiful campus. At first glance, you might think the classes are easy, but most of them are very rigorous. Although Americus is a small town, there is something to do everyday on campus or in the community...

” – Victoria from Fortson, GA

The University of Saint Francis is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The campus features a number of historic facilities, such as the Brookside Mansion, which once was home to the entire college, and now hosts...

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An excellent school dedicated to academic achievement and personal development of their students.

” – Monica from Auburn, IN

Founded in 1850, the Defiance College is a private institution based in the rural town of Defiance, OH. The liberal arts college is closely affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The school houses the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity...

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Defiance College has a very Compassionate Faculty.
I'd give Defiance College a 10 for best one on one classes.
Defiance College is a college that focuses on their students becoming successful.

” – Ashleigh-Beth from Urbana, OH

Founded in 1896, Delaware Valley University is a private institution situated in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. DelVal confers undergraduate degrees in 25 majors focused on Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business, and all academic programs incorporate...

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I am the happiest little zoo science student in the world here at Delaware Valley College. Our tight-knit community, fantastic learning environment, and people who have the same dreams as me have made the transition to college more manageable than I...

” – Celina from Hamden, CT

Nicholls State University is a public institution with “selective” admissions located in the rural town of Thibodaux, Louisiana, 50 miles west of New Orleans. The institution is named after Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, a brigadier general for the...

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Amazing people.
Amazing place.
Amazing education.

” – Nicholls Student from New Orleans, LA

University of the Ozarks is a Presbyterian-affiliated, liberal arts university that was founded in 1834. Located in Clarksville, Arkansas, at the base of the Ozark Mountains, the university is the oldest in the state and offers 59 majors and minors...

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The campus is really small and simple. I like that about it. I went to a campus day and met so many great people!

” – Kaitlin from Lincoln, AR

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

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My professors know me by name and they make sure to be available when needed.

” – Janisa from Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth City State University is a public HBCU situated in the rural town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is a member of the University of North Carolina system and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. ECSU is a military-friendly university...

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Elizabeth City State University is a very clean and friendly school and has approved alot since my last visit. The University allows you to embrace yourself and some of your hobbies. It has a great enivronment and the people make you feel welcomed.

” – dandrea from Shannon, NC

Originally founded in 1860 as St. Francis Solanus College, Quincy University is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Illinois affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Quincy grants undergrad degrees in over 40 academic majors and provides a...

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Quincy University is a campus near the Mississippi river and is gorgeous. The staff are all very friendly and willing to help many people when ever they need to or are needed. Like the staff the students are all very outgoing and willing to meet new...

” – Taylor from Quincy, IL

Founded in 1852, Gordon State College is a public institution located in the rural town of Barnesville, Georgia. It is a member of the University System of Georgia and home to several athletic facilities that  include walking trails, racquetball...

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With the majority of teachers with PhDs you learn a good bit and the classes are small than that of a bigger college so you are able to communicate with the professor easier.

” – Dylan from Thomaston, GA

Limestone College is an independent liberal arts school located in Gaffney, South Carolina. The school has “selective” admissions and provides a curriculum based on Christian values and ethics. Traditional students attend the “Day” program, while...

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Professors are extremely helpful, and are available to help whenever you need them!

” – Katherine from Trenton, NC

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

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The student there seem to really love it, the campus is beautiful and the classes are small enough for one on one learning so you don't feel left behind. The school offers many various programs all with an underlying message of faith and God.

” – Kourinthia from Tulare, CA

Founded in 1808, Mount St. Mary's University is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. The school operates two campuses in Maryland, a main campus in the Catoctin Mountains of Emmitsburg and a satellite campus...

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My four years at the Mount were magical. Everyone at the Mount is so wonderful and welcoming that it is impossible to not make friends and feel special at the Mount. The Mount was my home for four years and I miss it terribly.

” – Fat M

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a public institution in the city of Anchorage. The campus is surrounded by lakes, ponds, and mountains, but has a trail system that  connects the university to midtown Anchorage. Top fields of study include...

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The professors at UAA, like any school, are a mixed bag. There are some professors that are absolutely amazing, whose motivation and passion for their subject will motivate you to go above and beyond. And there are, of course, professors who lack...

” – Meneka from Anchorage, AK

Originally founded in Seattle, Simpson University is a Christian liberal arts institution in northern California and the region’s only Christian university. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson grants undergrad degrees in 24...

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Simpson University is a christian like environment, with very caring and loving people. I would recommend Simpson university to an individual who looks to strive in a small college environment. Simpson University is currently one of the top Christian...

” – Christian from Torrance, CA

Governors State University is a public, 4-year institution established south of Chicago in University Park, Illinois. GSU offers programs of study ranging from certificates in Digital Forensics to doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy. The college...

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I will rate GSU on following guidelines at the top, there is no going off the beaten path. Outstanding when it comes to degree selections. Maintenance of the facility is superb.

” – Tracey from Markham, IL

Wayland Baptist University is a private institution located primarily in Plainview, Texas, with satellite campuses throughout the United States and Kenya. Wayland Baptist has nine academic schools, which offer many programs of study taught in a...

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Wayland Baptist University is a school where the students are not faces in a crowd. The professors make it their goal to see you walk that stage with a degree in your hand. I have never felt this cared for at a school, and I can not imagine a better...

” – Thomas from Lubbock, TX

Situated on the banks of Little Riley Creek, Bluffton University is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite Church in northwest Ohio. Bluffton offers undergraduate degrees in over 85 academic areas of study. As part of the university’s...

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Not only am I learning through classes, I am also learning through groups on campus like p.e.a.c.e. club about social justice and environmental issues. I am also learning daily about my faith.

” – Samantha from Tiffin, OH

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Canton, OH. Founded in 1892, Malone has grown to offer 91 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs, some of which are available online. Standing out from the 50-plus majors...

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I have grown so much just in my first semester and a half at Malone University. I am learning to look at my education in a totally new light, and it has been amazing. The professors are wonderful, and to say that they care about more than just how...

” – Kimberly from Lakewood, OH

Erskine College is a private, liberal arts institution founded by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1893. Students are required to live on campus, in the rural and historic town of Due West, South Carolina. Erskine offers study abroad in...

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Erskine College has wonderful opportunities that allow all students to achieve their goals. With rigorous academics and many opportunities for extracurriculars everyone can find their niche here. Professors and faculty are always available to help...

” – H from SC

Originally founded as a women’s college by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in southern New Jersey. GCU hosts colleges of Nursing, Business, Education, and Arts & Sciences conferring...

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i would rate georgian court university a 9 on a scale of 10 being the best. when i had transferred to gcu, i was treated with the up-most respect and my needs were accommodated. having been at gcu only two months, my experience here has been amazing...

” – Christina from Jackson, NJ

Established by the Religious Society of Friends in 1873, William Penn University is a liberal arts institution in central Iowa affiliated with the Quakers. William Penn is home to seven academic divisions conferring degrees in over 20 majors. As a...

Marian University is a private Catholic institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The curriculum at Marian University combines classroom theory with practical work experience. The school is home to a wetland and lowland forest, the Indy Cycloplex...

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Marian is a great place where all the professors make you feel wanted. You're definitely not just a number at this University.

” – Meredith from Indianapolis, IN

Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational college with “selective” admissions. Founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation is an homage towards their mission of “unity and love for all without...

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I think Chestnut Hill College embodies everything that a home away from home should from the gracious counseling staff who are always available to the professors who motivate us to do our best. Chestnut Hill keeps our education their top priority...

” – Brianna from Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1890, Keuka College is a liberal arts school based in Keuka Park, New York. The Field Period at Keuka College is a required program chosen by the student that explores their interests through an internship, study abroad program, community...

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It is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen.
They really make you feel at home.
They provide many resources so that you can succeed.

” – Amanda from Oneida, NY

Northwood University is a private, 4-year institution established in Midland, Michigan. The college maintains a number of regional education facilities in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, California, and online in order for students to complete...

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When I visited they said the professors had a one year contract and if they weren't performing well that they were gone. The school also has many varying options of degrees and classes to take that cover a wide variety of interests.

” – Christian from Zeeland, MI

Formed by the consolidation of Middle Georgia College and Macon State College, Middle Georgia State University is a 4-year institution with five central Georgia campuses. MGA is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees...

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In my two years here, I have had the best professors. They keep class interesting and fun. I have learned valuable information that will stay with me forever.

” – Sarah from Forsyth, GA

Founded in 1839, Framingham State University is a public institution based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Framingham operates the Center for Social Research, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence, and the John C...

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Framingham has some of the best teachers I've ever had. Some are rather quirky, but others are truly brilliant! You not only trust most of them as a teacher, but also as a person.

” – Amber from West Wareham, MA

La Sierra University is a private nonprofit liberal arts college based in Riverside, California. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LSU is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and its campus is a designated...

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La Sierra is a fantastic Christian school. Everyone is connected, friendly, and strives to help you through your college career. The environment is relaxed, but definitely focused and determined, and is always centered around God.

” – Elizabeth

Fitchburg State University is a public Massachusetts institution founded in 1894. It has a “selective” admissions process and provides a liberal arts and sciences curriculum integrated with professional programs. The most popular majors are exercise...

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So many opportunities no matter what your intrests are. The professors care for each and every student and try their best to accomodate every student. Every person on campus is so friendly, you'll meet friends easily and get involved in something you...

” – Caylynn from Attleboro, MA

With campus overlooking the Rio Grande, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a 4-year public school in south Texas and a part of the UT System. UTRGV is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees and has been...

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The academics here are great. All the courses are just as challenging as they would be in any other major university. Meeting with your professors is very easy, and the classes are relatively small. Tutoring is very easy to get and you will learn a...

” – Stephanie from Mission, TX

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal arts institution based in Belmont, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Order of Saint Benedict and the Roman Catholic Church. The college houses the Saint Joseph Adoration Chapel which is open 24 hours...

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Here at Belmont Abbey College the learning experience is quiet different then what I expected. Since, I attending public high school I was used to the teachers just being teachers. What I mean is that I never expected to be taught by an actual monk...

” – Stephanie from Huntersville, NC