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Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee

From here to anywhere


Belmont University wants its students to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. With a liberal arts and sciences focus and a mission based upon Christian ideals, Belmont develops well-rounded individuals who make significant contributions both domestic and abroad. Students can choose from over 90 diverse and challenging majors that encompass not only the arts and sciences, but pre-professional areas as well. On Belmont’s beautiful campus, students enjoy the comforts of quaint surroundings and the action and excitement of a vibrant city.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
5,837 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
72% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
366 full-time faculty
413 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Moderately residential: 60% of students live on campus

School Location

Consistently noted for its beauty, Belmont’s campus sits in the middle of Nashville, Tennessee, the rare place that combines small-town charm with big-city possibilities. Nashville, America’s newest “It City,” is unquestionably one of the University’s best assets, providing the backdrop for an amazing college experience while setting the stage for limitless career potential. Nashville has a host of unique attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Grand Ole Opry, Cheekwood, Parthenon, Ryman Auditorium, and more. Also within walking distance to Belmont’s campus are the trendy neighborhoods of 12 South and Hillsboro Village.
Find out more about Nashville here.

Retention Fall 2014

83% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

70% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 4%
White 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


NCAA Division I, Ohio Valley Conference.

17 varsity sports
8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, tennis 
9 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball)
Many intramural sports

Mascot: Bruins
Colors: Blue and Red

Other Information

Belmont University is a four- year, co-educational, student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith. Founded in 1890, 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.

Find out more here.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Applied Discrete Mathematics, Art Education, Art History, Asian Studies, Art, Audio Engineering Technology, Audio and Video Production, Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Christian Ethics, Christian Leadership, Church Leadership and Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Corporate Communications, Design Communications, Economics, Education (Early Childhood, Middle School and Secondary), Engineering Physics, English, Entertainment Industry Studies, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Faith and Social Justice, Finance, French, General Business, German, Global Leadership Studies, History, International Business, International Economics, International Politics, Journalism, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Medical Physics, Motion Pictures, Multimedia Production, Music Business, Music (Church Music, Commercial Music, Music Composition, Music Education, Music Theory, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Music with an Outside Minor, and Piano Pedagogy), Neuroscience, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Physics, Political Science, Politics and Public Law, Psychology, Public Health, Public Relations, Publishing, Religion and the Arts, Religious Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Work, Sociology, Songwriting, Spanish, Sport Administration, Studio Art, Theatre and Drama, Theatre Directing, Theatre Education, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production Design, Video Production, Web Programming and Development, Worship Leadership

More Distinctions

  • Belmont University has won its athletic conference’s All Academic Trophy 13 of the past 15 years

  • The College of Visual & Performing Arts named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top 25 Music Schools in the World in 2015

  • The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business named “One of the Best Music Business Programs” by Time and Rolling Stone magazines.

  • 2016 Best Value by Kiplinger

  • A Top 10 “Most Beautiful Urban College Campus” nationwide by

  • Named #6 in the “Regional Universities – South Category” by U.S. News & World Report

  • On Princeton Review’s 2017 “Best Colleges in the Southeast” List

  • The Jack C. Massey College of Business ranked among the “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Students at Belmont are among the very best and brightest. They are encouraged to concentrate on their studies and to get involved in a variety of campus and community activities.

The BELL Core

The Belmont Experience: Learning for Life Core is part of the general education curriculum and is evidence of Belmont’s belief in the importance of experiential learning. Through this curriculum, students complete general education requirements and must fulfill participation requirements through activities such as undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning, internships, clinicals/practica, or recitals.

Domestic and International Study Away

In addition to semester-long programs in Los Angeles and Manhattan, the Office of Study Abroad connects undergraduate students from all majors with international study opportunities on six of the seven continents. Students can earn Belmont academic credits on year-long, semester, and short-term programs. Popular destinations include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Cambodia, Guatemala, South Africa, Australia, China, France, Japan, and Italy.

Find out more about study abroad here. 

Junior Cornerstone

The junior cornerstone, a problem-based course required in the general education core, gives students the opportunity to perform undergraduate research. Undergraduates have been able to present research findings to a community of peers at the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium. In addition, the disciplines of science, sociology, and psychology each host their own research symposia.

Belmont professors care for and mentor students. They not only know students by name, but they want to know who they are, what they think, and where they are headed.

Amazing Programs

Belmont’s liberal arts base offers intensive studies in all the liberal arts and humanities; in addition to highly regarded professional and pre-professional programs in accounting, nursing, pre-law, and more. Belmont may be well-known for its music resume – it was named one of the best music business programs in the country by Rolling Stone and Time. But Belmont is also leading the way with pioneering interdisciplinary majors like music therapy, public health, global leadership studies, and sports administration.

See Belmont’s list of undergraduate majors here. 

Curriculum Requirements

Belmont’s BELL Core requires that a student’s first semester consist of a common book, a common movie, a seminar, and a writing course. Two religion courses are required, one freshman year, and one junior year. Also required are four global-studies courses, two experiential learning courses, and a senior capstone.

Belmont Learning Centers

The Belmont Learning Centers (Math/Science Learning Center, the Language Learning Center, the Writing Center and a Speech Practice Room) offer free tutoring and group study in math, writing, languages and public speaking to all Belmont students. A one-on-one tutoring approach is used for connecting each student with his or her personal learning goals and techniques. The Belmont Learning Centers tutoring staff is diverse in their skill set, allowing students to find a delivery method that suits their speed and readiness. Group study is also encouraged so that students can be guided to help one another succeed in a direct peer-to-peer environment. Other services offered by The Belmont Learning Centers include study skill refreshers, textbook breakdowns, learning and note-taking guides, and easy scheduling.

GPS (Growth & Purpose for Students)

All students have access to the GPS (Growth & Purpose for Students) program, which offers academic coaching, preparation, planning and support. GPS staff coach students through discerning his or her unique path along with career goals and to aid in identifying the best opportunities and resources available through an educational journey at Belmont.

Community Service

Students at Belmont meet needs in the community through a variety of service-learning activities and log over 200,000 community service hours annually. English and education majors gain valuable teaching experience by tutoring students at local schools. Spanish majors team up with community role models in the Belmont-YMCA Hispanic Achievers program, a program designed to empower Hispanic youth through activities and mentoring specific to their career goals. Accounting students help neighborhood residents of all ages improve their computer skills. These projects help Belmont students connect to and serve the community.


Belmont boasts 17 intercollegiate sports teams. The Belmont Bruins men’s basketball team won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and made its seventh appearance in the NCAA National Tournament in 2015 and the NIT in 2014 and 2016. The Bruins women’s basketball team made its first appearance in the NCAA National Tournament in 2016. Baseball, both cross country teams, and the volleyball team have earned recent conference titles. Belmont student-athletes excel in the classroom, too, as Belmont has won the conference’s All-Academic Trophy 13 out of the past 15 years. The award is given annually to the conference school with the greatest percentage of student-athletes who earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Find out more about athletics here.

Campus Life

Dive into campus life with any of the 160+ clubs and organizations. The popular intramurals program includes everything from flag football and basketball to wiffleball and dodgeball. With more than half of all Belmont undergraduates living on campus, there’s always something going on from socials, movie nights and concerts to the annual Fall Follies production. And in terms of student activities, there’s a club or group for nearly every interest from academic to athletics to social to spiritual. Belmont’s Greek Life includes five nationally recognized sororities and four nationally recognized fraternities representing NPC, IFC and NPHC.

Find out more about campus life here. 

Campus Theme

Each year the University hosts a series of lectures and events that center on a campus theme, including the 2015-16 theme of, “Living in a Global Community – The Regional Reach of Globalization.” This theme emphasized an understanding of today’s rich cultural exchange and interaction. It explored the way global communities narrow the gap between one another with the aid of new technologies, promoting the development of arts, commerce, and philosophical ideas.

First Destination Rate

Belmont has an 87 percent First Destination Rate, which is the percentage of alums that secure professional, full-time employment, enroll in graduate school, or enlist in military service within six months of graduation.

Prime Location for Internships

Belmont students are just miles from downtown, which means they greatly benefit from being part of a larger community. Located in Tennessee’s state capital, Belmont benefits from Nashville’s thriving business community, which provides abundant internship opportunities for students in a variety of fields. Seventy-four percent of all Belmont graduates hold at least one internship during their time as a student.

Career and Professional Development

Belmont’s Office of Career and Professional Development provides students with the Career Exploration Series, a program designed to help students explore how their chosen major can give them opportunities in broad and growing fields. As part of this series, students participate in career fairs as well as workshops on resume and interviewing skills, global opportunities, and career choices. The university’s Belmont and Beyond program helps students transition into post college life, including sessions with Belmont alumni and advice on networking.

Find out more here.

Service Learning

Belmont University seeks to be a meaningful community institution. Thus students are highly encouraged to serve the community. This participation ensures students will learn the needs, challenges, and opportunities of working in settings with people from diverse backgrounds. Each year before the first day of the fall semester all freshmen and transfer students participate in SERVE Nashville, an event where students spend part of the day volunteering among various sites in the community.

A Community Connections Fair is offered each fall, which connects community organizations with Belmont students who are interested in volunteering and serving their community. And in the spring, Belmont hosts a Family Literacy Day, an event that celebrates the joys of reading. Various student groups across campus host Reading Circles for children at this event.

Belmont Alumni and Country Music

Many Belmont alumni have been successful at breaking into the music industry. Country singers Josh Turner, Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, and the famous duo Florida Georgia Line all attended Belmont, as did Kimberley Locke, and Melinda Doolittle and Rayvon Owen from American Idol.


Admissions Fall 2014

5,665 Total Applicants
4,686 Total Admissions
1,393 Total Freshmen Enrollment

82.72% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 530 630
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 29
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing    

Application Materials

Applicants to Belmont are evaluated based on the total picture that their credentials present. The following items should be included with all applications for admission:

  • Completed application (we accept the Common Application); personal supplement, list of activities, admission essays
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official copies of high school and/or college transcripts
  • Official copies of SAT-1 and/or ACT scores
  • Counselor Recommendation to be completed by your high school guidance counselor

Application Deadlines

  • Admissions decisions at Belmont are made on a rolling basis
  • December 1: Completed application must be received by this date to be considered for freshman merit scholarships.
  • March 1: This is the priority deadline for FAFSA submission. Aid will be awarded on an as-available basis after this date.
  • May 1: Deadline to submit enrollment confirmation form and deposit


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $27,320
Fees $1,340
Total $28,660
Room and Board (on campus) $10,530
Room Only $5,850
Board Only $4,680
Estimated Total On Campus $39,190


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

88% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
72% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$12,449 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,659 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


General Academic Merit Scholarships
Admitted freshmen with academic credentials that meet or exceed the University’s freshman class profile (ACT composite score of 26 or SAT Critical Reading + Math only – of 1210 (for SATs taken March 2016 and beyond), with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.6 on a four-point scale are considered competitive candidates for this award.


Candidates for the University’s highest academic merit scholarships, such as the Presidential Scholar or Faculty Scholar awards, must have completed their application file to Belmont by December 1. In addition, those selected for consideration in the named scholarship process will have already qualified for the highest level of general academic merit scholarship (currently $10,000). These named awards recognize approximately the top two percent of all freshman applicants (over 7,000 for fall 2016), with an average cumulative high school grade point average of 4.21 (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 33 or SAT composite – Critical Reading + Math only – of 1500 (for SATs taken March 2016 and beyond). Consideration is also given to class rank (if provided) as well as individual accomplishment and demonstrated leadership as evidenced by the resume of activities. A named scholarship generally replaces a general academic merit scholarship previously awarded.

Presidential Scholarship

Belmont’s most competitive scholarship, awarded to five incoming freshmen, covering full tuition, room, board, books, and fees. Traditionally, twelve finalists are invited to personally interview for this award.  Please note:  candidates for the Presidential must have a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or 1390 (Critical Reading + Math only) on the SAT (for SATs taken March 2016 and beyond).

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

One scholarship covering full tuition, room, board, books, and fees for a freshman student from a diverse background. Traditionally, five finalists are invited to personally interview for this award.

Faculty Scholar
Awarded to approximately 125 freshmen with outstanding academic, extra-curricular and leadership records. Worth $15,000 per year.  


Thomas J. Madden Ministerial Scholarship
One full-tuition scholarship for a male Christian freshman majoring in religion who plans to enter full-time ministry.

Servant Leader Scholarship

One full-tuition scholarship for a female Christian freshman majoring in religion who plans to enter a church-related career.

Glover Accounting Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for freshman students in the Jack C. Massey College of Business who major in accounting and meet the general academic merit scholarship criteria. This award can be combined with a general academic merit scholarship.

Glover Business Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for freshman students in the Jack C. Massey College of Business majoring in any non-accounting business degree and meet the general academic merit scholarship criteria. This award can be combined with a general academic merit scholarship.


Ingram Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Four full-tuition scholarships for incoming freshmen with diverse backgrounds from the Nashville area who present outstanding academic and leadership records. Traditionally, eight finalists are invited to personally interview for this award.

National Merit Finalists
Students named as a National MeritFinalist are automatically named a Belmont Faculty Scholar, with a Belmont merit-based scholarship totaling no less than $15,000.

Leadership Scholarship

Twenty-five $3,000 awards to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities as evidenced through the resume of activities and did not qualify for an academic scholarship.

E.S. Rose Park Scholarship

Half- and full-tuition scholarships for a limited number of deserving incoming freshmen with demonstrated need who live in proximity to E.S. Rose Park in Nashville.

Community Scholarship

Half-tuition scholarship awarded for an incoming freshman with demonstrated need and above-average academic credentials who live in proximity to the Belmont University campus. Awarded on a biennial basis in even-numbered years.

Turner Scholarship

$7,500 awards for freshmen students from rural high schools with outstanding academic records and demonstrated need.

Performance-Based Aid

Athletic scholarships

Performance-based scholarships based upon athletic ability and level of need of position. Contact the coach of the sport for more information. 

Music scholarships

Performance-based scholarships for music majors based upon audition, level of music involvement and academic record. 

Art Scholarships

Performance-based scholarships for art majors based upon portfolio, personal interview, and academic record. 

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