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Nashville, TN
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Want to be the next Brad Paisley? Belmont is one of the few schools to offer a Commercial Voice program. Over 40% of students are music majors and almost everyone is involved in music in one way or another. Nursing is the second largest major and one of the top programs in the South. Although rare, English majors and math majors do exist. Classes range from ice skating to acoustical physics, so take your pick!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Honestly, the Caf isn't that bad. People complain, but mostly because the options get a little overused after a few weeks. Southern cooking down to the butter, potatoes and grits. Soups, ice cream, pies, potatoes and pizza are actually amazing. McCalister's is a great option, but uses up your declining points very quickly. Add some variety, like Chago's and Chic-fil-a's college night, and you'll be fine :)

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Belmont is a Christain based school and I really liked that fact. But before you run away, know that their attitude towards is is very much that we'll present it as an option, provide all the resources, but leave it up to you. Nothing gets stuffed down your throats and there are people from all religions and denominations. Everyone is just loving and accepting, which is my favorite thing about Belmont. We all just want to see everyone succeed and be happy.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Being a hipster music school, weed has its presence for sure. No more is it a taboo and the people you least expect to do it, do. However, there is no pressure to do it. Social life does not revolved around drugs or alcohol and remember, you can get expelled and put in jail if you are caught in possession of it, of even pipes, or intoxicated/high of any sort. So the question is, is it worth it? Up to you. Everyone goes off campus to drink, usually at a Vandy frat party or at an upperclassman's house. Again though, social life does not revolve around it at all and most students prefer to have a jam session in a gazebo, play sardines in the seaman, or watch movies in the lobbies. To each their own, everyone will have a good time.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only 50% of students live on campus. Bascially, freshmen, sophomores, and a handful of juniors, barely any seniors. Because of visitation hours, and dry campus, most people are itching to be off campus after freshmen year. There are apartment complexes close by for reasonable prices if you have roommates. However, on campus apartments are barely monitored by RAs and allow you to still be part of an all Belmont community. Honestly, you can't go wrong either way it all depends on what you want. Me, I'm becoming an RA so I can stay right on campus as long as possible.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has everything. Coffee Shops, Chain restaurants, local health nut options, everything. Need a 24 hour place to get amazing food and a great atmosphere? Cafe Coco is the BEST. Great hang out place, just ignore the druggies, the people watching is great. Food is seriously the best. Pricy, but worth it.
Organic coffee and healthy food? Fido or Bongo Java is your place. Although pretty pricy.
Mexian? Chuy's is the best mexican most people have ever had. Fun environment, full of college kids and families.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: For being in a big city, campus is really safe. We have the blue light system all over campus and BePo is good about monitoring. Two break ins have happened to the old dorms but the locks have been redone and security has been raised around the area. Both are thought to be Vandy students playing a break since they were very targeted (3rd floor, one dude's laptop but left the roommate type deal).
Health Services is convenient and easy to get an appointment. However, I went in 3 times saying I had a sinus infection and they sent me away every time saying to just take dayquil and mucinex. But, others have gone in once and got a prescription, so maybe only a few of us are exceptions. Check ups are free, but prescriptions do cost money, but it is easy since we have our own pharmacy.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The stereotypes you hear about are ALL true.

Pembroke (all boys) is basically a frat house. Everyone is tight, you have a flat screen, xbox and ping pong table. The men are known as classy gentlemen who are very talented (Christmas album every year) and attractive. Some complain about the smell, but frankly, it just smells like men to me, which is perfectly fine ;) Internet is sketchy here, but SNL every Saturday makes up for it. Basically, if you're a guy and you want a family and a place where girls are dying to hang out, try to get into Pembroke.

Hail Hall….basically a cult. It is a co-ed dorm with about 60 students. No one ever leaves. The only dorm with a kitchen, they have family dinners. ALL. THE. TIME. You date each other, study each other, and basically yeah, it's a cult. Which is great if you don't know anyone and want a fast group of friends.

Heron Hall is all girls and it is the sister dorm to Pembroke. Great community, stereotype is slightly more quiet girls. But you get a basement with a movie theatre, so there you go. You get to do an exclusive formal with the Pembroke boys which makes all the other girls on campus extremely jealous.

Potter and Patton are the big and new freshman dorms. Potter has been great to me! Although we lack the overall dorm community of the old dorms, my 3rd floor is a great community. Suite style, 4 girls/guys to a bathroom, HUGE rooms with tall ceilings. Internet connection is the best here, and the view of downtown from the 6th floor is to die for.

Maddox. All boys, separated in isolation from campus. Small rooms, suite style bathrooms but closet sized. Upside is a nice lobby and flat screen tv.

Wright is the all women's dorm connected to Maddox. Known for their walk in closets, Wright still has issue because of it's 80s construction date. Lacks the charm of the old dorms and the cleanliness of the new ones.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Dating at Belmont is an…..experience. Everyone it seems has a boyfriend or girlfriend at home. Now this is especially prevalent in the Christian community. Is he nice, attractive, and loves Jesus? He's got a girlfriend. I've heard from upperclassmen that if you don't snag someone in the first few weeks, you're going to be single until senior year. But cheer up, then everyone seems to find someone and get engaged. Plus, there is always the Turkey Drop and Freeze Out that will maybe free up someone. Warning though, at least in my class, the men are SHORT. If you are over 5'8", you will be super popular with the ladies as you are a rare species. I have had to ditch most of my heels in order to not tower over them and even then I am tempted to slouch some. I'm 5'6".
Hipster Nation. If you are a hipster, welcome home. If not, then let the transformation begin. Skinny jeans, v necks, Toms, fedoras, and most importantly, BEARDS. Ladies, if you don't like beards now, just give it a few months.
Like to party? Great, Vanderbilt's greek row is right down the street and you can party your heart out there. Don't party? NO problem, just join a jam session in a gazebo and you'll still have a fun Friday night outside your dorm room.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball, basketball, basketball. WIth no football team and a really up and coming basketball team, the turn out for games is INCREDIBLE. Every goes, every screams, and you know you're a music school when someone sings Wrecking Ball during a free throw. Girls Volleyball is the second biggest with a very nice turnout especially from the charismatic boys dorm, Pembroke. Every game has a different theme with personalized chants. Always an experience haha Other sports like soccer get some attention, but honestly unless your best friend or boyfriend is on the team, you probably won't go to a game or maybe even hear about it.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Basically, you get scholarship when you apply and that's it. It's a smooth process, they always remember to apply it, and you can basically just pretend it costs that amount and that you aren't getting any aid. However, Belmont is not a cheap school, so getting the additional aid that most of us need is no easy feat. Unless you are a work study student, it is very hard to get an on campus job. People have more success getting a job downtown or on 21st.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nashville is THE BEST. Most students end up living here after graduation for at least some time. There is always something to do downtown. Numerous concerts every weekend from Maroon 5 to the Arctic Monkeys. Want to hear great music for practically nothing? Every.single.corner. "Hipster" bands perform every night and the music is (almost) always fantastic. No need to love country music, but if you do, it is a GREAT spot. I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing artists whether acting in their music videos or hanging out at Bongo Java. Nashville is a big city with a small town feel.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Every dorm gets assigned a level and parking garage. Sometimes you could be a half mile away, sometimes it's 100 feet away. BePo enforces it HEAVILY so do not park anywhere but your assigned area. Parking tags are free, so that's a plus. Honestly, it is still a small enough campus you can't really complain about the distance. Always spots available and with a new garage being built, lots of spots will be empty.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in Nashville is warm. It's the South. August is EXTREMELY hot. Showing up to class sweaty is not something I'm looking forward to again. However, I didn't pull out a coat until mid November and the leaves didn't start changing until then. We have cold days, and even got some snow right before Christmas, but all in all the grass stays green and it is pleasant temperature. Rains quite a bit so bring rain boots, jackets, and umbrellas!

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4 College Freshman

Computers: WIfi is all over campus and in exception to a few dorms, very fast and reliable. We are still advised to have an ethernet cord, especially during registration, but I have only had to use it twice this past semester and only for a short period of time. Printing is 5c a page so I would recommend getting your own printer, especially since the library is quite a hike from the dorms. Computer labs are always available but again, who wants to walk a half mile just to type an essay? Get your own computer and printer.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are not many options in the cafe and the food rarely is good. However the people who work there are really nice. Also, the food in the Curb Cafe and at the Corner Court is pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty decent and there are designated parking garages for the different dorms. Sometimes the campus police are ridiculous and give parking tickets for no reason which is a disadvantage.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a lot of different clubs and honky tonks, however, if you are underage you cannot get into them, therefore parties are better to go to or some clubs that let in 18+. Parties can be hard to find at times but it's possible to find them off-campus and sometimes they are in walking distance.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are a lot of places nearby campus so walking is definitely an option. The bus is free for belmont students which is great because you can go to a lot of places around the city. Also, many people have cars so if you do want to go somewhere different, you're bound to know someone with a car.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wi-fi could be faster because sometimes it's slow. Also, they need more servers during registration time because the student login website always crashes and you cannot log back in.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Belmont does not give many scholarships and could definitely give more.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is vey fashionable and into music. All types of relationships are present, whether it is hooking up or exclusive/long-term dating.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The nursing program is great because of the very intelligent and nice professors. The workload is difficult but manageable if organized.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Music is big at Belmont so there are many opportunities for music. Also, nursing is popular too.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the summer weather even though it gets really humid. In the winter it can get fairly cold but it's not very consistent so the temperature ranges. The weather overall can be very inconsistent.

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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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