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Nashville, TN
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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: if you don't have a car, reliable transportation is almost non existent. seeing the bus come by at the scheduled time is a once in a lifetime chance, and taxis will make you wait an hour for a 15 minute ride.

on the bright side, you can survive relatively well in the bubble of campus... you will be ok. unless you wanna do stuff

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the health services is seriously lucky that i don't have the time to sue them...

they will turn you away and refuse to treat you for no reason at all if they feel like it, even if you have an appointment, no matter how urgent the situation. if you call to make an appointment, sometimes they will not actually schedule you into the system so you think you have an appointment but they never actually made it. oh, and most of the time it is not free. it takes about 4 different people to stick you before some sort of blood will actually be drawn. just a few things you should know.

if your insurance will pay for treatment off campus, you are more likely to get help off campus. the benefit of the clinic is that it is cheaper, though not free, and they will surprise you with all sorts of extra bills you didn't know about later on.

just so y'all know. if all you need is some cold medicine you should be fine but lots of the things they claim they do they don't actually do.

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1 College Junior

Transportation: There are only three options for transportation at school. 1) You bring your own vehicle to freely use. 2) You pay to rent a Zip Car that may or may not be available at the time you need it so, you'll often have to adjust your plans. Or 3) You use the public transportation, MTA buses, which are free with your Belmont ID. However, the buses literally take forever and the schedules aren't exactly user friendly. If you don't have a lot of experience riding public transportation I don't suggest your first year at Belmont to be the best time to learn. You're better off driving your own car around or finding friends with cars.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is a dry campus and takes it very seriously. There is no alcohol, tobacco, or drugs tolerated on campus. Doing so will result in serious consequences that include expulsion. The campus police are also very strict about parking and aren't afraid to give out parking tickets so make sure you're 100% absolutely allowed to park where you leave your car. Parking has become a bit of an issue but the campus is growing and adding new ramps within the upcoming years. The honor code is held in high regard and most professors are fairly strict about following the code and also keeping regular attendance in class.

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3 College Junior

Academics: They academics are a little tough, but in a good way. The teachers expect you to come to class and you will be dropped if you miss too many days. The department offers free tutoring from upperclassmen at the university.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The university is pretty diverse. Maybe not as much with economic background, but still some. There might be more Christians than at a public school, but there are also plenty of students who are not Christian. There is some religious diversity.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance, and plenty of good places to eat within a short drive. Nashville is also a great place to find restaurants with Gluten Free options, if you need that.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Nashville has AMAZING restaurants! There are many within walking distance of the campus. PM is an amazing burger and sushi restaurant (seriously the burgers are phenomenal) and Cantina Laredo is right beside it for some great mexican food. Downtown Nashville and East Nashville are becoming known for their very trendy, health conscious restaurants and there are so many. 12 South is a street right beside campus that has some of these amazing restaurants as well as some local treasures such as Las Paletas, which are the best popsicles you will ever have!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Belmont has done major construction in the last 7 years or so, and the facilities are becoming nicer and nicer! The student center is a wonderful space where students are always hanging out and the student gym is fully equipped and has a rock wall and racquetball courts! There are many campus events, whether it is through fraternities and sororities or through a musical program. There are many green lawns that are great places to study, picnic, throw frisbee, etc. The only building that I believe needs major improvement is the library. Although it has many resources, it does not have good lighting or a very good atmosphere.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Belmont's music scene is amazing! I loved walking around campus and always seeing people playing their instruments and going to Belmont student shows! Also, the Health Science buildings are amazing! They have state of the art EVERYTHING and the best professors. If you are considering Belmont University for a nursing major, I definitely recommend it! As a former nursing student there, I felt extremely prepared for my state boards as well as for practicing after graduation!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Nashville is a wonderful town with many fun things to offer. The music scene is incredible and there are always free shows around town! There is a great shopping area near campus in Green Hills that is within biking distance or a short drive. Nashville has a ton of local festivals that are always fun to go too. Also, the southern hospitality in the city is amazing and because it is a city full of transplants from other states, if you are an out of state student you will be accepted with open arms by locals and residents!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There is only one cafeteria on campus and it gets a bit old to go to after a while. But, there are other great dining options in the Curb Cafe and in the newer buildings on campus they have added more food and quick store options.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The nightlife on campus is not much of a party scene, more of a musical scene. Often you will find students playing instruments, singing, etc. on various parts of campus at night time. If you are wanting a parting scene, you have better luck going downtown to a few of the 18 and up clubs or finding a fraternity house party either at someone in a fraternities house or at a Vanderbilt fraternity party.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Belmont University doesn't have much of a drug scene, that I know of. Alcohol is slightly more visible, but campus is dry. That means no drugs, no alcohol, no nothing. There are a lot of cigarette smokers, but they have to smoke elsewhere (not on campus). There are a lot of religious people here that don't believe in partaking in drugs or alcohol, but will still attend parties and socialize. I'd say that people are pretty open-minded. If you get caught with drugs or alcohol on campus, Belmont has a very strict policy. With a drug infringement, you could quite possibly be expelled. With alcohol, the punishment is slightly less, but multiple violations add up.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Belmont is really close to Nashville center. There are always fun music events and concerts everywhere. There are even a few impromptu shows, which is always exciting. If you like to go clubbing, there's like two clubs in Nashville that actually have a decent dance scene, but they are hit and miss typically. Regardless, there is never a shortage of things to do on a Friday night. Plus, there are so many universities around here that people are very tolerant and you can make friends at other universities to widen your weekend opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Currently, I live on campus, but the garage that I have to park in has way to many compact car spots. The permits are "free," but Belmont police ticket for every minor infraction, which is irritating. Usually the tickets are anywhere pretty expensive too. I would say a car is pretty useful, not particularly necessary, but it does make life easier. Parking is supposedly a nightmare for off-campus commuters. I can only imagine. They are building more garages currently though, so hopefully it will get better.

3 College Junior

Computers: For the most part, fees for printing and the availability of the computers on campus is ok. The only nuisance is that the internet speed for them and the wireless can be sluggish in certain parts of the campus, and performance slows especially during registration.

4 College Junior

Facilities: In the Beaman Student Life Center, there's a gym, a coffee shop, and places to study. The Beaman is connected to the Curb Event Center and Curb Cafe. The library has computer labs and plenty of places to study. The only negative comment I have is that there aren't enough practice rooms for music students...

3 College Junior

Majors: Incoming students need to keep in mind that Music Business is a BUSINESS degree. You have to take Economics. You have to take Accounting. If you don't want a business degree, switch to EIS or AET. Music business is also very, very competitive. Your advisor will not help you. You have to have your stuff together. Also, you have to maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher to even be considered for an internship.
But there's no denying that Belmont has better connections in the industry than any other school out there. If that's what you want, then go for it. Personally, I won't be changing majors. It's worth it to me.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Music business majors to have to answer a few supplemental questions to get accepted into the program, but I don't think that they hold much weight. I literally talked about boy bands in mine. It's not that competitive.
From what I hear, though, Songwriting is super competitive. Belmont is looking for a particular type of songwriter as well. If you don't fit into their desired genre, don't be offended.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Scholarships? At Belmont? That's funny. Unless your family is rich, you won't be able to afford it. If you had a really good financial aid package your freshman year, it's going to get a lot worse in the upcoming years. My experience with the financial aid office is pretty awful. I've cried almost every time I've ever spoken to them.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There's a Drug Scene, but It's not everywhere – In a school full of hipsters, of course there are going to be some pot smokers. If people smoke, they do it off campus. (Cigarettes are banned, but most people just go across the street). There have been a few people that have gotten suspended for drugs, but they can come back the next semester. There's not much alcohol visibility either. There's very little alcohol on campus and you'll occasionally see someone staggering around campus at 3AM. But it's not that bad. Basically, unless you want to be a part of that scene, it's not going to be a hindrance at all.

4 College Junior

Academics: Curb College is not only the best of it's kind in the country, it's currently the only of its kind. Other schools have music business programs, but none have their own college. We also have arguably the best music business program in the country. No one else has the connections and experience to the industry as Belmont does. However, they don't make it easy for you. Some of the professors are airheads, to put it lightly, and advising is a joke.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – There's an occasional crime on campus, but the majority of the time, it's drug/alcohol related. I have always felt safe here. Obviously, keep your doors locked (especially if you live in a bigger hall) but you should be fine. Bepo (Belmont Police) are always riding around on their bikes and Campus Security is always willing to help if something does go wrong.

2 College Junior

Computers: There's a computer lab in Massey..you'll have to go in there to take your Computer Proficiency tests. That's about it. There's also one in the library but it's always crowded and you have to pay for printing.

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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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