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Nashville, TN
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4,906
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$26,130
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Easy
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Reviews 886 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The fraternities and sororities here are definitely not what you imagine them to be. I'm not in the greek life scene so I can't say too much on that, but many people here seem to be indifferent to them.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Despite the large workload that an audio engineering major has (trust me, when you get to DAW, you'll see), I have absolutely no complaints about my major. Lots of hands on experience, great faculty, top notch equipment and a reputation in the music industry. What else could you ask for?

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Well for starters, we have free Metro bus passes that you'd think would be extremely convenient. Think again. I am nearing the end of my first year here and I have never once used it simply because the bus stops aren't in convenient locations. Furthermore, the campus does have a free shuttle service that they provide to and from the airport. The catch? You have to call 24 hours in advance so they can pick you up. While normally this wouldn't be a problem, almost every flight I've had has been delayed by a certain amount of time, so I've usually just asked my friends to drop me off and pick me up.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am a freshman audio engineering major at the end of my second semester. I have already worked with two types of consoles and am currently handling Pro Tools in my Digital Audio Workstation class. Talk about hands on!

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love being an AET major. There are plenty of other people here who I talk to for hours on end about audio equipment and techniques for recording and such. Everyone that's in this program is in it because they love it. Dedication is what makes this wonderful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Ok. I live in Pembroke, an all male community style dorm (meaning the entire floor shares a bathroom that gets cleaned on a daily [?] basis). We are commonly referred to as a fraternity, and I feel that is a good comparison. Since all of us on a floor need to use the same bathroom, it is likely that we all know each other's names. We commonly hang out in the Pembroke lobby, oddly enough one of the most popular places on campus to be among freshman. Our building is 100+ years old and it looks that way, smells that way and feels that way. It is by no means perfect, but I am definitely going to miss living here next year.... at least for a while.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It is incredibly fun to compete in the Intramural leagues. It is incredibly fun to go watch the sports teams. It is not so fun to go workout in a sub-par weight room where there are barely enough weights to get a decent workout.

3 College Freshman

Weather: This might just be me being spoiled from the near perfect weather I grew up in, but Nashville's weather is probably the one thing that bugs me the most about Belmont. Some days it can go from being 80+ degrees outside to about 30 and below during the night. What. The. Heck.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the local atmosphere of Nashville! You are in the heart of the music industry and you can easily tell. Most of the people you talk to will know something of Belmont, and it is not uncommon for random strangers to start up conversation with you on Broadway. You will meet some of the most talented musicians just by walking downtown and listening to the street performers. If you're lucky, you might even meet some famous people who live in the Nashville area (some friends of mine met Jack White at Third Man Records a few weeks ago!)

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I currently don't live off campus so I cannot really put my two cents into this topic. What I can tell you, though, is that you cannot live off campus until you qualify for junior status at Belmont (second semester Sophomore year if you maxed out your entry credits). After two or so years of following the on campus rules, you will probably be dying for more freedom, trust me.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: I myself am not much of a partier, but the nightlife here is kind of pathetic. Very few clubs that you can go to dance; the only ones I can think of currently is the local gay bar, Play. There are house parties and shows just about every weekend, but you have to know the right people, and from my experience, I have never wanted to stay more than an hour or two as certain people will drive you insane.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Be warned, the label of a "private Christian university" does not mean that the campus is completely safe of drugs and alcohol. As a consensus, I'd say it's definitely looked down upon by most people, and there is definitely less of a presence than other schools (namely state schools), but there are still quite a bit of people who partake in the usage of marijuana and alcohol. However, if you are firmly against that, I would recommend that this doesn't turn you away from this school. There are still plenty of people here who shy away from the mind-altering substances, and it is entirely possible to have a fantastic social life here without the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of the people at this school are very easy to talk to and are great once you get to know them. However, there is a huge number of hipsters and/or extremely devout Christians on campus, which may not be for everyone. I would argue that it's not nearly as big a deal as everyone seems to make it out. Overall, the people here are fantastic but I get that it's not for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Overall, fairly pleased with the off-campus options such as Chago's, Bongo Java, Boulevard, International Market and PM, however I wouldn't say anything is phenomenal. Probably better than most in this area, but definitely not the best.

College Freshman

Parking: I live on campus and I do not have a car, so therefore I cannot really provide any feedback in this area.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Belmont University is diverse in terms of sexual orientation but not much else. Economic backgrounds here and ethnic groups don't have much variation.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors here are very helpful and the curriculum is challenging and the workload is rigorous.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in a dorm room at Belmont University is great because the Resident Assistants are very nice and helpful. The facilities are also very clean which makes the process a lot easier.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is easy here but the endowment available for scholarships is very limited.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of venues available for those under 18 and those 21 and over. There are several karaoke spots, bars, restaurants, and music venues.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in the winter is very cold but the Spring weather is beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The cons to living off campus are traffic and an added gas expense. The cost may be the same or cheaper than that of on campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life students are viewed as nice people on campus because no one is pressured or looked down on for not being in Greek Life.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on Belmont's campus. The security presence is definitely present but not over bearing. Campus crime levels are extremely low, and when they do occur action is quickly taken. The Office of Communications here does a great job of keeping the student body up to date on what is happening on campus via email. I feel very informed when things go wrong, but that is a rare occurrence.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Local atmosphere in Nashville, Tennessee is great. There are several great colleges in the area making it fun and easy for college kids to make new friends. Nashville also has a multitude of student bands and artist as well as top charting bands and singers. There are also festivals throughout the summer and fall (i.e. culture, food, dogs). The people in this state are very friendly and welcoming, Southern hospitality is alive and well. Nashville also has a myriad of restaurants ranging from Asian cuisine to Italian to American. The local atmosphere here in Nashville is wonderful.

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Tara Knott
Hometown
Geneva, Illinois
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Most Belmont students will tell you that if they had to do it over again, they’d choose Belmont every time. So, despite parking issues, rising tuition, and strict behavioral policies, students are truly glad to be here, and it shows. University president Dr. Robert Fisher (around here, he’s affectionately called “Bob the Builder”—you’ll figure it out when you see the construction trucks on campus) likes to say Belmont is a “small town in a big city.” Because it’s such a tiny school on an enclosed campus, the community atmosphere at Belmont is incredibly strong. Professors often give out their personal cell phone numbers to students who need extra help, and they genuinely want their students to succeed—not just in their classes, but in life. Most students find one or two professors in their major who become almost like surrogate parents. They’ll counsel you through the stress of finals and help you find fantastic internships. Because many professors are former professionals in whatever field they teach, they have experience and contacts that are immeasurably valuable to students —in this town, the people you know have the potential to open doors for you.

Nashville itself is probably one of the biggest selling points for the University. It’s an incredible town full of opportunities for young professionals in every major. Nursing students may do clinicals at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in the world. Students who like to write might find a public relations internship at one of the music labels in town. And of course, if you want to pursue a career in the music business, there’s no better place to be. So is a Belmont education expensive? Yes. Make no mistake about it. But if you feel it’s the right place for you, you’ll leave knowing every penny was worth it.

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