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Belmont University is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,974, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 75 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Belmont University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 7. Its tuition and fees are $26,130 (2012-13).
Belmont University is a Christian school just two miles southwest of Nashville. Because Belmont students are so close to “Music City U.S.A.,” it’s no surprise that many of them have focused their studies and activities on the entertainment industry. Students can study in the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, participate in the annual Christmas at Belmont concert that’s featured on PBS, or try out the school’s newest major—songwriting. Belmont, however, isn’t all about music. The school offers more than 75 undergraduate degrees and 20 master’s programs, including graduate degrees offered by the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business. Belmont students must live in university housing the first two years and can participate in activities such as Greek life, student government, and many other organizations. Belmont’s sports team is The Bruins, which compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. Belmont alumni include country musicians Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, and Josh Turner.
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Belmont University is a 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. A private, Christian, liberal arts university that sits on 75 historic acres near downtown Nashville, Tenn., Belmont is home to state-of-the-art facilities, more than 75 innovative areas of undergraduate study and students from every state and more than two dozen countries. Recognized by numerous organizations for the outstanding quality of its academic programs and its commitment to innovative educational opportunities, Belmont's student-centered approach creates a personalized atmosphere with significant opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between professors and students. The University's Vision 2015 statement boldly declares a number of elements that emphasize its commitment to developing community, both on campus and in Nashville, as well as defining areas where we seek even greater growth for our students and our institution. Belmont University takes pride in creating and sustaining an innovative, entrepreneurial environment that prepares students to use their intellectual skills, creativity and faith to meet the challenges and opportunities that face the human community. Innovation and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of Belmont faculty as well, where each individual is committed to inventive and effective teaching and is active in scholarly inquiry, professional growth and university service. In addition to encouraging service among our faculty, we want students to see that service is a method for achieving meaning in life, and that means Belmont provides and promotes countless opportunities for students to connect with needs and cultures both locally and globally. Belmont's location in the heart of Nashville, Music City, USA, provides the perfect backdrop for an amazing college experience, with countless internship possibilities, while setting the stage for limitless career potential. All in all, Belmont University provides an unparalleled environment for students to develop intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically through experiences of learning and research, leading and serving, success and failure, and consideration and choice. Belmont's faculty, administration and staff commit themselves to guiding and challenging students to develop to their full potential in order to lead lives of meaning and purpose. By bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education, we will continue to enhance academic excellence through rigorous, innovative and engaged student learning.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Nondenominational Christian|
When applying to Belmont University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Belmont University is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||81.5%|
|Application deadline||August 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Belmont University is 14:1, and the school has 43.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Belmont University include: Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration, Management and Operations; Music; and Recording Arts Technology/Technician. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.2 percent.
Belmont University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,974, with a gender distribution of 41.7 percent male students and 58.3 percent female students. At this school, 52.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48.0 percent of students live off campus. Belmont University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Belmont University offers a number of student services including placement service and health service. Belmont University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Belmont University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Belmont University.
|Students who have cars on campus||70%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Belmont University, 54.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,046.
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|Tuition and fees||$26,130 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,670 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data