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Nashville, TN
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$26,130
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Easy
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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.

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

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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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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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