Belmont University
Nashville, TN, USA

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Belmont University
3.98 Average Rating

Mimi from Houston, TX

a current student here
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In three sentences
belmont university an amazing private university with a faith centered community that caters to the needs of the students and has top tier programs in the college of visual and performing arts, massey school of business, and mike curb college of entertainment and music business. every program at this school is going to give you a very well rounded and hands-on education with real life applications, as well as the true college experience in every sense of the phrase. my personal favorite thing about the university is the community atmosphere and camaraderie between students.
Tips for prospective students
make sure you come and visit the university! there is an awesome organization on campus that i'm a part of called bruin recruiters. it is our job to welcome you to the school as well as show and tell you everything you would ever want to know about it. in addition to that, it's always a good idea to get a feel for the environment you could potentially live in for yourself.
Academic Rigor
the classes at this school are definitely academically challenging, but it's not killer. the most important thing is to make sure you go to class, and do all the assigned work no matter how good or bad you may think you are at it. in any college, it's about how much work you put in to it.
Dorm Life
the dorms are larger than average and have really great facilities. the ras and rds of each residence hall (and the on campus apartment complexes) create a really great community within the living areas and really love to make your life easier.
Food and Dining
there is only one cafeteria on campus, however there are 5 other on campus food options where dining points can be used, and the food in all those places is delicious. there is always ice cream, cupcakes, chili, pizza, fries, burgers, salad, sandwiches and more everyday. sometimes the cafeteria will have fried chicken, and there are always made-to-order omelets for breakfast.
What to do for fun
this school is in the heart of nashville. even if you don't have a car, it is a short (free) bus ride away from anywhere you would think of wanting to go to. in addition to that there are so many things to do on campus.
there are always events going on in the residence halls, open mics, or the pembroke haunted house, speed dating and other cool things like that. there are more than 7 stages on campus for different performances, and a venue in one of the cafes for small music shows. there are often concerts on campus, as well as students performing everyday. in the beaman student life center, we have the largest indoor rock climbing wall of any university in the country, as well as top of the line gym and exercise classes such as zumba.
Great for these types of students
great for people who have a great appreciation from the arts, regardless of your major. great for students who are highly self-motivated, love to learn and are curious about all aspect of life.
Clubs and Activities
there are literally hundreds of clubs organizations and activities on campus. it's really easy to get plugged in, because there will be student organization fairs.
Greek Life
greek life is not huge on campus, but it is steadily growing every year and rapidly.
there are 4 panhellenic sororities (alpha gamma delta, phi mu, kappa alpha theta, alpha sigma theta) and 3 panhellenic fraternities (alpha tau omega, phi kappa tau, phi delta theta) on campus. there are two non-panhellenic sororities (sigma alpha iota, and delta sigma theta) and fraternities (phi beta sigma, phi mu alpha) each on campus as well.
Campus Safety
the campus is on watch 24-hours a day by the university security known as bepo (belmont police). there are few if any crimes on campus, the only real problem on campus is petty theft, so make sure not to leave anything unattended. that goes for any public place.
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Marcella from Kentwood, MI

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
The professors at Belmont really make the difference. They take a personal interest in their students, engage you in deep conversation that appeals to you, and really push you to take advantage of all Belmont has to offer. You're expected to work hard but it's very rewarding and all the professors are extremely willing to help you. Beyond classes, Belmont serves as a great place to learn life lessons. Being a Christian University, the community is fairly safe; however, Belmont is more liberal than most people realize at first glance, and you are forced to learn to live independently and become an adult.
Am enjoying being here
My time at Belmont has been wonderful thus far. The community is wonderful, particularly for those in music or music business. Belmont's campus seems to act as a mini version of the music industry as it's swarming with musicians, future producers, agents, managers, and recording engineers. Music can be heard consistently outside, especially during warmer weather, and the many gazebos that cover the front lawn were built acoustically for music.
Bang for the buck
Although Belmont is very expensive and can be slightly tight-handed when it comes to giving out money, it really is a wonderful school. Most everyone is nice and outgoing, the professors are wonderful, the campus is beautiful, and it's right outside downtown Nashville. While it's not a huge school, it's not a small one either, and any where you go you're bound to see people you know, although you're bound to meet new people as well. So much talent is accumulated at the school, you know that you're meeting people who will end up famous.
Tips for prospective students
Try and visit the campus if you can as well as visit Belmont's studios on Music Row. Talk to current students and not just the ones giving tours. Belmont tends to put out an image of being much more conservative than they actually are. If you can find time to just hang out on campus, sit on the front lawn and listen to the many different guitars, voices, violins, saxophones, and many other instruments that are consistently being played. If you belong at this school, you'll be able to tell just by listening to what campus sounds like.
Great for these types of students
Belmont definitely services itself to goal-oriented students. If you're looking for an academic challenge but a social life as well, Belmont does a very good job at helping you balance the two. Anyone interested in music will find a home here.
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Briana from Antioch, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Belmont is a great school if one wants to learn how to become the best person they can be. The professors push you to do your best and encourage you to not give up. You don't just learn academically, but socially as well. Belmont is committed to having students interact with each other by helping the community as one large group. This a great college if plan on doing something to change the world one day. You will learn and grow beyond what you may have previously thought. Belmont has also allowed me to grow closer to God, which is one of the main aspects of Belmont.
Am enjoying being here
I love being at Belmont because I made friends very quickly and am meeting new ones everyday. I am able to express myself and not be judged by those around me. Belmont has really allowed to become a better person and it has inspired to want to inspire others to be their best as well. I also love Belmont because there is never a shortage of things to do. Belmont has activities that every person can enjoy. The campus is beautiful and gives one a sense of peace whenever outside. I also love that even though Belmont is a religious-affiliated school, they allow you to grow in God your own way....whatever that may be. They don't force you to anything, they simply give you the resources to grow closer to God.
Bang for the buck
When you come to Belmont University, you are recieving everything that you paid for. A great education, a great social network, and not to mention a beautiful campus with a lot of resources to help you out in the real world.
Tips for prospective students
For those students who are considering Belmont University I would tell them to be prepared to do your best and to not be afraid to ask for help because the professors encourage questions and are always willing to answer them. I would also say be prepared to have fun because Belmont certainly has something for everyone to do and for them to enjoy.
Great for these types of students
Belmont is great for students who want to achieve their absolute very best and want to grow beyond what people expect.
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Grace from Nashville, TN

a current student here
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In three sentences
It's like living in a bubble of happiness. Everyone and everything is aesthetically and personally beautiful, and everyone plays beautiful music. Also, it's hipster central.
Tips for prospective students
Definitely check out campus! I didn't seriously consider coming to Belmont until I fell in love with the professors, students, and the campus.
Academic Rigor
As a music major, I haven't had much academic rigor, but as far as art goes, I definitely have had my plate full. I'm only in two academic classes this semester, but I'm in ten arts classes. I love it!
Dorm Life
Even though the newer dorms are certainly nicer, the older dorms are the best place to be. Everyone bonds so quickly through the events hosted by Residence Life. I live in a dorm built in 1960, and all of the people who live in the new dorms come to hang out in our dorm because there's always something to do!
Food and Dining
Some people say they get sick from eating in the caf, but let's be honest; it doesn't matter where your thrice daily meals of fries and pizza come from, you're going to feel sick. A good rule to follow is that if you don't know what goes into it, don't eat it. The salad bar is always fresh and has great options. Also, if you don't eat gluten or meat or have some other dietary concern, there are lots of choices to make it easier to be healthy.
What to do for fun
Of course, there are always impromptu jam sessions and frisbee games on campus, but if you decide to step foot out into the real world, there are lots of great coffee shops (Bongo Java, Fido, Frothy Monkey), restaurants (SATCo, the Loveless Cafe, the Pfunky Griddle, Chuy's, Gigi's, Mafioaza's), shopping (Hillsboro Village, Green Hills, Cool Springs, Farmer's Market) and parks (Centennial, Bicentennial Mall, Warner Parks, Dragon Park). If you're bored, you're doing Belmont wrong.
Bang for the buck
It's expensive, but I have yet to meet someone who says it's not worth it.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Outside Wright and Maddox Halls, there's a stone and metal gazebo. If you stand in the middle and talk, you feel like you're inside a megaphone!
There's also the Bell Tower, which is lit up with red lights at night, and in the daytime during winter, the organ professor plays Christmas music between the hours.
Great for these types of students
Hipsters, Musicians, Artists, Academics, health nerds
Clubs and Activities
There are countless opportunities to join a club on campus. I'm a part of the Belmont Rock Outing Club, Community Council, the Executive Leadership Program, Chamber Orchestra, Oratorio, Water Balloon Dodgeball, and Presbyterian Student Life.
Greek Life
I'm not a sorority girl by any means, and at first I was nervous I would be the only one, but I'm not! The sororities and fraternities at Belmont are a little tamer than at a big party school, and I have lots of friends in all of the sororities and fraternities, so they're not excluding to people who just aren't the Greek type.
Campus Safety
The campus security guards are all over campus 24/7, and it's a pretty safe campus. However, about two blocks east of Campus is a pretty sketchy neighborhood, so don't go running by yourself.
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Sophie from Dallas, TX

a past student here
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Did learn a lot
The faculty and staff at Belmont University were absolutely incredible. I loved each and every one of my professors, and was so thankful for their concern for me as well as my fellow students. They were always available to help me when I needed it, and were always on my team. You can tell the professors are very proud of what they do, and are proud of their students. They are passionate when it comes to our education, and I cannot say enough about the quality of education at this institution.
Did enjoy being here
It is impossible to express the absolute LOVE and PRIDE that I take in this University. The time spent there was the most special time I have ever experienced. The social aspect of Belmont is very welcoming. Every one is so pleasant, whether that be the faculty, cafeteria staff, or your fellow students. The campus is drop dead gorgeous, and the facilities are beautifully designed for a beautiful purpose. My experience at Belmont was one of enlightenment in the realm of the industry that I want to become a part of for my career, as well as an uplifting one because of the faculty, as well as the incredible people that also attended the school. It is difficult to find the words to describe the special camaraderie and support one feels at this University. Now that I have been forced to leave because of finances, I have dedicated all of my spare time to searching for a means to go back! In short, I adore Belmont, and hope to return as soon as possible!
Bang for the buck
This question is hard for me, since I had to transfer against my will because it was too much money for my family to afford. However, I believe that this University is at the top of its class, truly a one of a kind institution that can't be compared to any other place. There are countless opportunities alloted every single day. I believe that this school is worth the price, but of course, I wish it could be about $5,000-$10,000 cheaper.
Tips for prospective students
Make it an absolute point to explore all of your scholarship options both inside and outside of Belmont's scholarship department (that is my advice to any student at any college). I would advise to explore the campus for all that it is worth. Research all of the majors that Belmont has to offer. If you are into Music Business, or the Entertainment Industry, this is absolutely the place to be. Also, get to know the faculty that are a part of whichever school within the University you will be studying under. Taking a close look at the dorms would be beneficial as well.
Great for these types of students
This University is wonderful for a wide array of any students. Belmont's claim to fame is its Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. This program is the cream of the crop, with some of the most incredible professors in the nation teaching you the fundamentals of being a success in this Industry. Also, if you are into Nursing, Belmont has an excellent program, with state of the art technology and equipment that will blow your mind. And of course, if you are musically inclined, whether that be singing, performing, composing, writing, playing an instrument, or musical theater, the programs offered for those things are also indeed, some of the absolute best. Other excellent programs include Entrepreneurial Business, Ministry, and Journalism. This school is great for students are ready to face college head on with an attitude of participation and excitement. One needs to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities at hand, and have a world of fun!
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Sarah from Strongsville, OH

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Belmont is a Christian-based university, but does not discriminate its students or force religious practices upon them in any way. For being a religiously affiliated school, Belmont has very progressive movements and ideals. Belmont has majors across the board in science, law, business, music, etc.
Tips for prospective students
- Really take the time to get to know your professors, they will prove to be allies who you will want to have
-Do the readings that your teachers assign, you will be glad you did when it comes time for the test
-Explore all of the cool places to study on campus, there are some areas that are well-kept secrets that are quiet and comfortable for the best studying environment
Academic Rigor
The academic rigor at Belmont is challenging, but manageable. Even "easy A" introductory freshman classes can provide some big work loads. There is a lot of reading to be done for most classes at Belmont, so it is important for students to keep up with that in order to stay up-to-date in all of their classes. Students who work ahead are often more well-prepared than others when it comes to tests/papers.
Dorm Life
Dorm life at Belmont depends on what type of residence hall a student gets placed in. For freshmen, Belmont offers both suite-style and community-style dorms. Either of these options can be good, depending on a student's preferences. Community style dorms have shared showers/bathroom stalls but everyone prefers to shower at different times of the day, so the showers are never crowded or inaccessible. The suite-style dorms have one bathroom per 4-5 students. Students are responsible for keeping their bathroom clean themselves. RAs are well-trained at Belmont and host fun events and are always there to help out the kids on their floors.
Food and Dining
The food choices at Belmont are widespread, even with a meal plan. Belmont offers X number of meals per week in the cafeteria, plus "declining points" which are dollars that can be spent at Belmont's other dining facilities, such as a Starbucks, a Chick-fil-a, Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, Boar's Head, McAllister's Cafe, and other restaurants. The cafeteria food is good and there is a wide variety of meal options at peak dining hours of the day. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for everyone, including vegan/vegetarian students.
What to do for fun
Belmont is situated just south of downtown Nashville which offers so many fun opportunities to the college students of the area. There is almost always some sort of live music show going on somewhere in the city, whether it be an internationally touring act at Bridgestone Arena or a few college kids jamming at Belmont's own Curb Cafe. Not too far from campus are a series of parks and nature preserves where students can hike and explore. Belmont's basketball teams play right on campus at the Curb Event Center and students get into the home games for free. If students are interested in football, they can go just a mile or two down the road and watch the Vanderbilt University Commodores play their home games.
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Taylor

a current student here
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In three sentences
Belmont is the perfect school for me! They have an awesome Music Business program, and it is a beautiful campus with great opportunities. I highly recommend it!
Tips for prospective students
Come visit the campus - you will love it!
Academic Rigor
So far the classes have been challenging but manageable.
Dorm Life
I live in Heron Hall as a Freshman. It has a good location on campus and is a suite style dorm. The rooms are small and the building is old but all in all it's been a good home this year!
Food and Dining
The new Dining Hall has lots of good options from healthy to yummy ice cream for dessert.
What to do for fun
The school has plenty of activities, but you are also located right in Nashville so there is always plenty going on!
Bang for the buck
I could not have picked a more perfect school for me!! I love it!!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Freshman Move in Day was crazy. 20+ students arriving at your car, screaming your name and Welcome to Belmont! Car was unloaded and everything in my room in about 5 minutes and I had a lot of stuff!!
Great for these types of students
Looking for a smaller campus, Christian University, Music Oriented, but also many other programs available.
Clubs and Activities
Plenty of Options available for all interests.
Greek Life
I am not involved in this but there are both sororities and fraternities on campus.
Campus Safety
Very safe Campus even though we are right in a big city.
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Megan from Nashville, TN

a current student here
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In three sentences
Belmont University is where you come to find yourself. The relationships and the connections you find at Belmont are key to your future. Not only is this University extremely unique in that it specializes in YOUR are, but also it allows you to broaden your horizons as to what you want to learn.
Tips for prospective students
Do some research on your prospective major and the university. While I love Belmont and Nashville, sometimes it is not for everyone. Belmont is a Christian University; however, they are very accepting of all religions and backgrounds.
Academic Rigor
Belmont University's academic rigor is above average. While any college course will make you work, Belmont will expand upon your knowledge. Everything you learn in class, you will take with you in life. Also, the relationships you get to develop with your professors (many of whom are famous for what they do and have done) are integral in your future career.
Dorm Life
Belmont has 'visitation hours', which mean the opposite sex can't be in your room from 1am-10am. Although these seem like a hassle, they actually are not that bad. This helps you to focus on your studies and keeps you out of sticky or troublesome situations.
Food and Dining
The dining staff at Belmont is excellent! There's Ms. Tonya who will greet you with a smile on her face and a good morning, baby all the time. They are very friendly and accommodating to all needs. The food is also delicious. They offer a wide selection in the cafeteria, and there are Bruin Bucks which can be used at places like Quiznos and Lo Mein.
What to do for fun
Nashville is the place for music and fun. There's a lot of activities on campus, such as a fraternity or sorority. There are seminars and concerts given at discount prices --like Sara Bareilles and Jake Owen. There's always something free to do, whether it's on campus or off, and there's a village within walking distance where there's always restaurants and stores as well.
Bang for the buck
Belmont is expensive, but, to me, it's worth it. I love the oppurtunity Belmont presents and the relationships I've made with the students. The sense of community you get from being a student at Belmont University is unparalleled to any other.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
We have an underground tunnel that has never been explored completely. It goes down from the 1800s, but just stops.
Great for these types of students
Belmont University is a great place for aspiring musicians and managers, or anyone looking to go into the entertainment industry. They offer a wonderful theater program, and an excellent music program. There are also a great number of nursing majors on campus, who claim the program is worth it. Also, Belmont is hipster central.
Clubs and Activities
There are honestly too many to name. For more information http://www.belmont.edu/organizations/list/index.html is a good place to check out! Plus there's more than that.
Greek Life
Although I am not involved in Greek Life, my roommates all are. Belmont has a strong Greek system. They hold eight different sororities and fraternities. All of which get to participate in Greek Week come March
Campus Safety
The BePo Belmont Police ensure the safety of the campus. They're always around to make sure there's nothing dangerous going on, but they're also really cool to talk to in person. They really are there for the students.
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Nicole from Brentwood, TN

accepted here and planning to attend soon
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Will learn a lot
The tour I was given at the Nursing building was phenomenal. My advisor was helpful in every way possible and fully capable of answering all my questions and concerns. At Belmont, the class sizes are smaller so the student feels comfortable and can have the one on one teacher time if needed. The nursing program is one of the very best in the state!
Will enjoy being here
It will be a huge change from UT, but after visiting and meeting many of the teachers, students, and employees I felt right at home. The environment is welcoming and there are so many great opportunities to take part in at Belmont. The transition will be hard, but I hoping for the best.
Bang for the buck
Tuition is on the higher end. For a private Christian college it seems to me that it will definitely be worth the expense in the end.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to look into you major and even ask for a tour or to meet with an advisor. They will be happy to help in any way. If you are looking for a smaller Christian school Belmont would be a great place to attend.
Great for these types of students
Performing arts and music business is what Belmont has always been known for. Many students who graduate get great jobs and are ready to work in the real world after being taught at such a great University. If you are into music and drama this would be a perfect pick. Otherwise, I know the nursing program is excellent and they are always looking for new applicants.
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Jordan from Nashville, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Coming from a public high school background makes Belmont a wealth of knowledge to me. Within the last few months, I have learned a lot- not only about academics but about life in general! Belmont has helped me become more organized and has presented me with several opportunities to do a lot of things that I have always wanted to do.

Classes are small here so it is easy to pay attention in class, to develop relationships with professors and students, and to make the most of all of the different resources here on campus- from teachers who, for example, are professional artists, musicians, and businesspeople outside of teaching to the library with all its research materials and capabilities to the recording studios for students.
Am enjoying being here
There is always something going on her on campus. During basketball season, there are so many chances to go show your school spirit and support for the student athletes! There are also a plethora of interesting convocation events scheduled throughout the year- from personal development events dealing with sex and religion to culture and arts events with African drum demonstrations to community service events that allow student to get involved with the community surrounding Belmont!

I love Belmont! I have made some great connections within the few months that I have been here! With the large amount of music and music business majors, there are some many opportunities to start a professional career! I have already sang back-up for an artist here on campus for one of their performances. I have recently started working with this producer, and I have a recording session coming up!

I am also involved with organizations that are helping me develop a wide array of skills! I do 60 hours of volunteer service every semester, and it is awesome! I also work with
Bang for the buck
I wish that students could take 18 hours of classes without having to pay extra... Despite the expense, it is worth it- it is a quality education, and I am basing that off my first semester! I am learning so much about music that I could not fathom and gaining so much experience in my field of interest!
Tips for prospective students
Take as many Advanced Placement courses and their tests to get those college credits, so that when you get to college, you will have a head start on you degree requirements!

Also when you get to college, take your decision to go to college seriously; this is not the place to play around and party! The partying can wait!

Get involved too! Being involved in different organizations on campus will yield so many opportunities and networks that will propel your growth as a student and an overall person!
Great for these types of students
Belmont is perfect for all prospective students interested in Music (instrumental and vocal performance, musical theater, music education, and others), Music Business, Science, and Religion will enjoy and benefit from attending Belmont!
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