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Reviews 871 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It seems to be the same as anywhere else. It's a pain, but necessary.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The network seems pretty slow if accessing wirelessly. However, there are several computer labs. Printing is a major pain, I understand cost cutting, but this seems like an attempt to raise funds by charging students for printing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I understand why the rules are in place at Belmont. This is a private Christian school.....there are many other options for those who can not comply.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: There aren't really transportation options except for Metro Nashville bus lines.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is Nashville weather....4 seasons, winter is not too bad but can be rainy.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I see the cops on bikes almost every time I'm on campus. How safe they are keeping me, I don't know. But, I know that they are ticketing people illegally parked, lol.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As an adult student, I've really enjoyed my classes and the number of night courses offered at Belmont. Parking is tough, but we're in the city so I expected that.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: New buildings continue to pop up all over Belmont's growing campus, so many of the classroom, office, and especially dorm buildings are very new. Unfortunately, the cafeteria is extremely outdated. There are a few dorms that have been around for multiple decades, but these are also the ones with the most charm. There is no rec center beyond the Beaman student life center, which is essentially an office building, a rock wall, a gym, and some common areas for studying. Music majors continually complain about the extreme lack of practice rooms, and there doesn't seem to be a plan for more to come any time soon.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places located right off campus, and many others in a short walk or drive. Belmont's "bruin bucks," which are dining dollars that can be purchased separately from your meal plan, can be used at some of the restaurants closest to campus. Because of the size of the city, there are plenty of dining options around the area. There are dozens of unique coffee shops and cafes to be found nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: To become a music major, you have to be admitted separately into the school of music by completing an audition. The audition is pretty standard; you perform a piece of music and an accompanist is provided, along with taking a basic theory test. Once admitted, you have to complete a jury each semester in which you and an accompanist perform in front of some members of the music faculty to show that you are on track and making progress as a musician.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The two biggest majors at Belmont are arguably Music, Music Business, and Nursing. The music majors here at Belmont constantly complain about feeling overwhelmed due to their heavy course load, especially Music Education. If you plan on coming to Belmont for Commercial Voice, you should be aware that many freshman start off with this major and the number of people remaining in it each year dwindles to almost half by the time they're seniors.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We repeatedly have successful athletic teams, but unfortunately they aren't as highly attended as they deserve. Pembroke hall, a freshman all male dorm, is known as the women's volleyball cheerleading section as they attend many of the home games, and men's basketball is also more highly attended. To many southerners dismay, there is no football team at Belmont.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Because Vanderbilt is only a few blocks away, there's always something to do. Downtown Nashville is only minutes away, and there's constantly live shows and events nearby.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Belmont is a dry and tobacco free campus. While there isn't a curfew for you to be back in your room, everyone must check in residents of opposite gender in at the front desk of their dorm, and visitation hours end at 11 on weekdays and 1 on weekends. This is pretty strictly enforced. As for attendance in classes, the rule is that if you miss more than 4x the amount of times your class meets, you will be dropped from the class (i.e. if your class meets twice a week, you're allowed 8 absences). Some professors allow even fewer absences.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: A lot of students have cars here, but for the ones who don't getting around can prove to be difficult. Luckily, necessities aren't too hard to find within walking distance, and if you absolutely need to get off campus for some reason people are nice enough that you could find a ride pretty easily.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is currently a daily struggle for a lot of students living off campus. Campus security will not hesitate to ticket you for both bicycle and vehicle parking violations.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of hipsters so a prevalent drug scene but it is very under the radar. You only find others if you are looking for them. Alcohol is more popular.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Visitation restrictions suck. 11pm curfew on weekdays and 1 am curfew on weekends and they close down visitation on long weekends/holidays. They're more lenient about alcohol than they say they are at orientation but they're super strict about drugs. They definitely don't mess around with that stuff.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Love my program would take it again in a heartbeat. I have no job concerns post graduation (I'm a nursing major). I have excellent teachers who can give great recommendations.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in the nursing college. The professors are absolutely fabulous. I've never had a bad professor. The curriculum and workload are tough but it's nursing school so it should be. If you're organized, study, and stay on top of your crap you will do well. It's definitely manageable. You have a lot of hospital options for clinicals and you get to start clinicals sophomore year unlike most nursing school. NO WAITLISTS! HALLELUJAH!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: GenEd classes/professors are typical. Belmont is a pretty academic focused school so they're still challenging classes but nothing that can't be handled. Registration sucks, the servers typically crash but if you can't get into a class you need your advisor can usually help you out with an override or two.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams themselves are amazing at what they do and have excellent players. There are crowds on campus that get excited for games and you can pretty much always find people to go with. Sports aren't life at Belmont though. People for the most part are more into their music than they are sports.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are pretty good if you don't mind sharing a room. They're also really close to all of your classes so extra time to sleep in. Sophomore dorms are a bit of a walk but are really nice to live in. Some have full kitchens depending on where you live.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe walking alone on campus but I do think it's smart to travel in groups late at night just to be extra safe cause it is in a city. Security is good and is always willing to help. They even give you rides to your dorm if you're coming home late from one of the academic buildings or library.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Both are well-dressed, very fashion forward campus. Not many athletes (sports aren't as big of a deal here), but I still love to go to games and can always find people to come with. Social scene is awesome, options for partiers and non-partiers don't have to fall into either/or. There is a 3 to 1 girl to guy ratio which sucks for ladies but is awesome for the men (if they're straight that is...can't ever really tell with those hipsters). Very hipster campus.


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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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