From the School

Belmont University sits on 75 historic acres in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, a thriving metropolis known worldwide as Music City USA. Belmont University is among the fastest growing Christian universities in the nation with approximately 6,400 students hailing from every state and 25 countries. Belmont University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Belmont offers over 75 undergraduate majors, 20 graduate master's and five doctoral programs through its eight colleges and one school: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing, Law, Pharmacy, Religion, University College, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Overview

Applicants
5,111
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.55

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
530 - 630
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School

Intent on being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. Belmont was ranked seventh on the U.S. News & World Report listing of "Best Universities" in the South in the master's category for the 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges, making Belmont the highest ranked university in Tennessee in this category. In addition, Belmont was named a most cited "School to Watch," a high honor that indicates the strength of the university's reputation and innovations. Both Rolling Stone and Time magazines have hailed Belmont's Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business as one of the best music business programs in the country. The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business has been named the best MBA program in the region, while Belmont's business administration and accounting programs have been accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency in that arena. Moreover, for the second year in a row, Belmont University's undergraduate School of Business achieved a Top 100 national ranking in BusinessWeek's annual report on the "The Best Undergrad B-Schools" in the U.S. Belmont's Entrepreneurship major was even named National Model Undergraduate Program of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Belmont's SIFE team won the 2012 National Championship and placed third in the SIFE World Cup.

Located in the heart of Music City USA, one of Belmont's consistent success stories is its world-renowned music and music business programs, including songwriting. Several big names in the music industry started their careers at Belmont including "American Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle, Christian recording artists Ginny Owens and Steven Curtis Chapman, and country stars Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley and Josh Turner. The annual "Christmas at Belmont" concert showcases performing ensembles from many different genres and has been broadcast nationwide on PBS for several years.

Students who have passions outside of the music industry also have a home at Belmont. From international business and accounting to education, sport administration, nursing, journalism and the humanities, Belmont provides avenues of learning for almost any interest. Recent program additions include interdisciplinary studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Asian Studies as well as a doctoral degree in Pharmacy, a program that is already gaining acclaim for its four-pillared approach to educating pharmacists for an ever-evolving health care environment. Belmont's also received attention for its innovative, year-long programming around the university's hosting of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate. A variety of speaker series, visual and performing arts programs, and special events occurred on campus, all around the central theme "The Art of Being Free." Belmont faculty members display a consistent commitment to excellence as well. Multiple professors have been awarded Fulbright awards, including a nursing professor who spent a year recently in Uganda as a guest lecturer while conducting research on how standards of nursing are adapted to austere conditions. Also, four Belmont professors from four different schools--Finance, Psychology, Spanish and Philosophy--have been chosen as Tennessee Professor of the Year by CASE/Carnegie Foundation since 2000. Belmont's boundaries extend beyond the Nashville campus through its Cool Springs campus and organized programs such as the Washington Center program and music business' Belmont West in Los Angeles and Belmont East in New York City. Study-abroad programs place students in China, Costa Rica, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Africa and Spain, among other foreign nations. Also, Belmont serves as a regional site for the East-West Center for the Development of Asian Studies and is the host institution for the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, a higher education consortium of 24 colleges and universities.

Students Say

“Life at Belmont is all about music,” says one student. “Many people here want to make a career out of their musical abilities, and many people want to make careers out of other people’s musical abilities.” Belmont’s famous music business program lets students tap into the musical lifeblood of surrounding Nashville. “You can get an internship or learn how to manage an artist.” Other School of Music undergraduate majors include church music, commercial music, and musical theater performance. Belmont “has one of the best nursing programs in the state,” and the popular social work program boasts “excellent” faculty. The school’s academic atmosphere emphasizes faith: “Teachers pray in class before tests and some invite the class as a group to attend their church. Some send you verses with your lessons.” Belmont doesn’t “even hire” non-Christian professors, a policy that, although common to Christian colleges, stirred controversy when a Jewish candidate advanced through the faculty hiring process only to be considered ineligible for the post. Students say, however, that “religion is not forced on anyone.” Most professors are very attentive, closely monitoring student progress; one student says, “I had a professor call me because I was late to a class once.” In general, faculty members “know your name and face and remember you after you have finished their class.” One student warns, however, that the best teachers are not always the most involved: “So far this semester, the professors who do not know my name have taught me more than the professors who know my name and can’t communicate the time of day effectively.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,900
with Terminal Degree
382

1,499
Men
401
Women
66
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mary
Musician, Songwriter

Mary
Musician, Songwriter

Mary
Musician, Songwriter

Mary
American Idol Finalist

Overview

From The School

The total cost of attending Belmont is only 80 percent of the national average for a private college. For a full-time student living on campus the total cost for the 2011-12 academic year wasapproximately $34,280 which included tuition, fees, room, and board.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
64
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,367

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,150

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,576

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,079

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

All told, more than 80 clubs and organizations are active on Belmont's campus, including academic clubs, honor societies, professional fraternities, special interest and Christian organizations, student government, publications, social fraternities and sororities, music and drama groups, and debate and forensics teams.

The Belmont Bruins compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Atlantic Sun Conference in men's and women's basketball, tennis, cross country, track, soccer, and golf; men's baseball; and women's softball and volleyball. Several Bruin teams made NCAA tournament appearances over the last several years including the men's basketball team which won their conference and made the NCAA tournament for three consecutive years from 2006-2008. An extensive intramural sports program is also available.

Students Say

“Anything that would stand out at a major state university is basically the norm” at Belmont, where the typical student is a “hip,” “Jesus-loving,” “music business major”---a cool Christian kid who is “most likely in a band or working with one.” The ambitious “music junkies” are “very culturally aware” and “know exactly how they’re going to get where they want to be.” Ethnically, Belmont is “not a very diverse school,” but “individuality” reigns “in ideas, styles of dress, taste in music, [and] philosophies.” One student jokes that “the campus looks like an indie band concert.” Students are “very friendly” and “accepting to atypical students.” One happy undergrad says, “Everyone here is their own animal, and we all love the Zoo.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,506
Out of State
65%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

1.61%
Asian
4.13%
African-American
4.29%
Hispanic
82.68%
Caucasian
3.74%
Unknown

60% female
40% male
65% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

From The School

Belmont University occupies a 75-acre campus in southeast Nashville. With more than 500,000 residents, Nashville is a cultural, educational, health-care, commercial, and financial center in the mid-South. Practical educational opportunities, offered through diverse curriculums, provide students with the hands-on experience they need in preparation for a meaningful career. The city's location, halfway between the northern and southern boundaries of the United States, with three intersecting interstate highways and an international airport, makes it accessible to students from across the country.

Students Say

The stereotypical college party, with its keg stands and top 40 soundtrack, is definitely not the norm on Belmont’s “dry campus,” located “a block or two from [Nashville’s] Music Row.” Instead of partying, “People think about what they are going to do with the rest of their lives using the talents they have acquired. For fun, people play instruments, eat, and just watch movies or attend concerts” with performers “ranging from small, unsigned artists to major recording artists.” “Everyone has music on their mind”; students “go downtown to the Wildhorse Saloon, The Bluebird Cafe,” or the “Grand Ole Opry.” The same goes on campus, where “At any given moment, you can hear someone practicing or performing.” Belmont’s predominantly religious students appreciate the option to attend “a Bible Study every night of the week.” Nontraditional students report little involvement in college life: “The working adults have full-time jobs during the day that they have to mold class schedules around, and they pretty much stick to themselves.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
50%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
108
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bruins)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bruins)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Vanderbilt University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Vanderbilt University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Tennessee State University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Phone
615-460-5930


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Beaman Student Life Center
Curb Event Center
Belmont Mansion
Center for Music Business Recording Studios
Massey Courtyard

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Parthenon
Bicentennial Mall
Music Row
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Ryman Auditorium

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Available, but times vary

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Belmont's campus is easily accessible by taxi from Nashville International Airport. The average charge is $25 for a one-way trip to the university area. Plan to allow approximately 20 minutes driving time from the airport to Belmont University. Nashville Metro has a full service fleet of buses providing trnsportation throughout the metro area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-65 South: Exit onto I-440. Take Exit 3 onto 21st Avenue and proceed through two stoplights to the campus, located on your right. From I-40 West: Take I-440 East and Exit at 21st Ave. Go north (toward downtown Nashville). Turn right onto Magnolia Blvd and immediately turn right into the circular drive in front of Belmont's main administration building. Visitors may park on the circular drive or in front of the next building, The Massey Business Center. From I-40 East: Take I-440 West, following the directions to Nashville, which will take you onto I-65 North. At the first exit, Wedgewood Avenue, go left (west) through two traffic lights. Just before the third traffic light, at 16th, turn into the circular drive in front of Freeman Hall. Visitors may park on the circular drive or in front of the next building, he Massey Business Center. From I-24 East and West: Exit onto I-440 West. Take Exit 3 onto 21st Avenue and proceed to Wedgewood Avenue. Turn right onto Wedgewood and proceed through two stoplights to the campus, located on your right. From the Southeast ia I-24 or from the North or South via I-65: exit right onto I-440 West. Take exit 3 onto 21st Ave. and proceed to the fifth light at Wedgewood Ave. Turn right onto Wedgewood and proceed through two stoplights to the campus, located on your right.

Local Accommodations
Below is a list of Hotels near Belmont University. Most if not all offer Belmont discounted rates. Simply ask for the Belmont University rate when making your reservation. Baymont Inn and Suites (615)353-0700 (Up to $67 rate) Sales Contact: Karen Brice Located on the west side of Nashville at I-40.s exit #204. 10-12min. from campus. Newly renovated with Shoney's and 24-hr Kroger adjacent to property. Deluxe lobby breakfast, hairdryer, in-room coffee, exercise/weight room, outdoor pool. Comfort Inn and Suites (615)221-5001 ($59 rate) Sales Contact: Barbara Lee-Mitchell Specializing in Athletic Event accommodations. Includes deluxe continental breakfast and convenient to shopping. 10-12 minutes from campus. Exit 74A off I-65. Courtyard by Marriott (615)327-9900 ($87 rate) Sales Contact: Marti Timmons Located off of West End Ave and within blocks 12 restaurants. Complimentary garage parking, in-room coffee, outdoor pool. Restaurant located on premises. Just five minutes from campus. Guesthouse Inn and Suites (615)329-1000 ($60 rate) Sales Contact: Bobbie Sue Graham Off West End Ave. Belmont rate available. Deluxe Cont. breakfast, microwave, hairdryer, refrig, coffeemakers in room and comp. parking. Suites available. Free shuttle to Belmont. Just five minutes from BU. Hampton Inn and Suites - Green Hills (615)777-001 ($112 rate) Sales Contact: Lisa Spiller Property located less than five minutes from campus with free shuttle available. Luxury accommodations with complimentary expanded breakfast bar, adjacent to the Mall at Green Hills, plenty of parking and unique dining just a short walk away. La Quinta Inn (615)834-6900 ($56 rate) Sales Contact: Carol Smith or Stacey Lee Newly renovated rooms. Less than 10 minutes from campus and includes cont. breakfast. Off of I-65. Two restaurants adjacent to parking area and one mile from shopping malls, restaurants, and movies. Nashville Airport Marriott (615)889-9300 ($79 rate) Sales Contact: Keith Hensley Four-star, four-diamond full service hotel with on property restaurant and gift shop with fresh coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts. Indoor pool, full service exercise and weightroom, and batting cages for guest use. Adjacent to the airport and 10 minutes from campus. Vanderbilt Holiday Inn (615)320-4854 ($87 rate) Sales Contact: Mike Henry Located on West End Avenue just five minutes from Belmont and adjacent to Vanderbilt.s stadium. Covenient to downtown with free shuttle service available. In-house rstaurant available for team meals.
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Key Stats

5,111
Applicants
5,506
Size
80%
Acceptance Rate
1170
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists