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Nashville, TN
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$26,130
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Easy
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone Is Welcome – At Belmont University you are a presented with an extremely accepting environment. This is a place where all of your views will be heard and appreciated for their worth. Often times people think that because Belmont University is a Christian campus that people will stick up their noses at people who are not like them but it is exactly the opposite.

3 College Senior

Weather: Twister-- Real Life – Welcome to life-- we cannot control mother nature. Tornado's are fairly common during the season here in Nashville, but Belmont does everything to keep their students safe. Also, there have been a few hail storms already this year. Snow is not that big of a concern because Nashville rarely gets enough to "shut down" the city. Plus, if the conditions are really that horrible for any form a weather, Belmont keeps safety in mind and will cancel classes... but that is really in extreme cases.

3 College Senior

Transportation: No Shuttle Options – While Vanderbilt has a school shuttle service, Belmont does not. Parking is a huge inconvenience for Belmont so offering such a service could alleviate that problem and help students save money. Otherwise, Belmont is located fairly close to just about everything, so you can walk or take the metro transportation to just about everywhere.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Life – Belmont offers students plenty to do on campus to promote student involvement and a community feeling. They do require students to obtain a certain amount of convocation credits, but they offer some interesting and sometimes fun convos. Also, since Belmont is a music school, they host many student-run concerts and occasional concerts with popular artists and bands performing-- Sara Bareilles performed this semester. In addition to events held, dorm life is not too bad. Regardless of the horror stories some have to tell, Belmont seems to have nice facilities and a community feel for all dorms.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is not too terrible. Being in the south, it rarely snows so winters are fairly mild and bearable. Summers get pretty hot, but not too unmanageable.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Could Be Better – Parking can be a nightmare. There are a ton of spots, but with the extremely high rate of commuters, these fill up very quickly. With the new buildings, hopefully there will be more parking spots available. However, allowing all students to have a car may be slightly unnecessary as a lot is accessible to students within walking distance or by free access to the public bus system. Tickets are usually fairly negotiable. But parking in general is not fun at all.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Belmont holds itself to high standards of academic policy and strives to enforce those to the highest degree, and I respect that. There are some things they could lighten up a bit about and some things they could tighten up a bit on. I think they could trust students a little more...when students have more freedom, it seems that they are less likely to participate in deviant activities because they know they are being trusted. Strictness is necessary but it shouldn't be breathing down all the students' throats...

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Seriously horrible for vegetarians. As a vegetarian, I realize I am a minority, but I feel like I genuinely cannot eat healthily in the cafeteria. The vegetarian option is often protein-less, and any hope of getting protein is lost. The salad bar is stocked with ICEBERG lettuce which has the nutritional value of water. The other lettuce option is usually that weird purple lettuce that no one actually likes. Romaine lettuce is just as inexpensive as iceberg, or maybe slightly less, but is so much healthier. Breakfast at the caf is a complete waste of time, unless you happen to like rubbery scrambled eggs and stale biscuits. The pizza at Belmont is pretty consistently good, but obviously someone can't eat pizza everyday. It doesn't help that the cafeteria is much too small to accommodate Belmont's seriously increasing population.
One of the only good things about the caf is the workers, who are incredibly nice and helpful.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Need a Car – The school does not offer much help in the way of transportation, and there is not much to do without a car. Best options are busses and taxis if you don't have a car. However parking is awful, so having a car is almost just as inconvenient.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Private Christian College – Its college so lets face it Drugs are always a issue but due to strict standards and penalties on campus use is pretty small. Off campus though we are in the City of Nashville TN so drugs and alcohol are available to almost anyone searching for that lifestyle.

5 College Junior

Athletics: NACCA Tournament!!! We were ranked as one of the top 25 Basketball programs to watch this season by Playboy Magazine. We have lost to Duke by 1 point the last two seasons. Lost to Georgetown in the NCAA Tourney in Ohio This year.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Three in a Double! I love campus housing -- I haven't had any issues at all! I'm even tripled in a double room and I don't feel cramped at all. Next year, all of my closest friends and I are even living in the same hall of the same dorm! It's going to be great!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Pretty and Small – Belmont has a beautiful campus -- I couldn't ask for anything more lovely. The landscaping is beautiful and I always want to be outside doing my homework. The school and buildings are superbly well kept. The dormitories are very nice as well -- I even have two roommates in a room made for just two and there is enough space for all of us to live together peacefully. The gym is very nice, but I've never been much of a gym person, so I don't go too often. I love just walking around campus -- people are always friendly, happy, relaxed, and genuinely enjoying being at Belmont. The only thing that could be improved upon is the singular, lonely cafeteria, but I have never heard anyone say good things about any school cafeteria.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain, Shine, Snow, Hail – The weather fluctuates a lot. It can be really sunny and warm one day, but dreary and rainy the very next. There's rarely any snow, but when there is, or any other forms of precipitation, no one knows how to drive. So be cautious when driving. Also, since we're still close to the mid-west, tornado season occurs during the early part of the spring. This causes frequent storm warnings and watches with occasional major storms and hail coming through.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Apartments Are Diminishing – When I first arrived at Belmont, I was excited to be living in a 2-bedroom, university-owned apartment. The particular complex I live in (there are 3 owned by the university) is directly across the street from campus. The price is a bit more than you may pay for an off-campus apartment; however, all utilities are included, including laundry usage, there's no hassle in finding a parking spot (free parking!) and it's a short walk to all classes (5 minutes at tops to the furthest buildings). Now, though, the university is constructing a suite-style dormitory with plans to build another one in the fall. With the construction of the new dorms, my current complex is being torn down. I think Belmont should invest more into building more apartments rather than dorms. If I ever want a 2-bedroom apartment again, I'll have to pay more than the current rate in my complex. The only apartment complex with the same pricing only offers 4-bedroom apartments. For upperclassmen, I think there should be a bigger emphasis on apartment housing rather than suites.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Time – The computers in the library are very resourceful and are loaded with programs that are used in the classrooms. Many labs are located allover campus for the students needing any specific and "pricey" programs to do their work. Otherwise, the library offers new Macs and Windows computers. The WiFi is reliable and can be used throughout campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is small and easily watched over. I constantly see Belmont's security surveying the area. They patrol men/women are very nice. Students are able to sign up for alerts on their cellphones for breaking news on campus. Any where you go there is a danger of being a victim of a crime. In my two years at Belmont, I have only heard of one serious crime, but the girls were negligent in their decisions and walked alone in a secluded area at night. They were robbed but not injured in any way. The whole campus knew about the indecent in minutes through email and text. At any time, one can ask for security to walk with them or hitch a ride if they feel unsafe or just need the extra security. As the campus grows, i do hope they keep things under control and maintained the way they are now.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Roommates are the way to go – Off campus housing costs a fortune. I ended up getting a roommate. We moved to Gazebo apartments last year. It's about 10 minutes from campus but I only pay $785 for a 2 bedroom.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm at Home – From my very first campus visit I just felt so at home at Belmont. By my second visit my mom joked that I had been there my whole life - I knew where everything was! I love the school of business, teachers, students, and overall campus. I can't picture being anywhere else!

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Preppy Hipsters – Belmont is your typical "prep school": boys in khakis and polo, girls dressed up nice. Also, TONS of "hipsters"! Sorority life is less party, more community based. There is the party group (even a few drug busts now and then) and (of course) the music group (music in the quad anyone?). Guys and girls alike are both nice and accepting.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Great Little School – Belmont University a great little school, located right outside of the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The staff and students are nice, the campus is beautiful, and the classes are small in size. Like any college, there are some cons. Parking is somewhat of an issue, "white" is the predominant ethnicity, and tuition is on the higher side. It appears that good majors to get into at BU include Music Business and Business (both highly recognized). Overall, Belmont University is a great school if you like things on the small scale and kind of toned down.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Some Issues Are Have More Attention Than Others – The biggest issues at Belmont are illegal drugs and alcohol in the dorm rooms and visitation hours. If you are caught with any illegal substance in your room, you will most likely be suspended or expelled. Violation of visitation hours (having someone of the opposite sex in a student's dorm room past designated hours) will result in being both students "written up" or given a mark. After a certain amount of marks or write ups, students will lose their privileges to visitation.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Unfortunately, Rather Average – Athletics haven't always been the biggest focus of my school; many of the athletes appear to be stuck-up and have a reputation for being proud. Many people don't support the athletic teams and choose to focus on their studies. The basketball team is the most supported sport in the school and I love attending their games in our stadium, but honestly many of the other athletic facilities are lacking compared to basketball.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Audio Engineering Technology – There are many students that are studying Audio Engineering Technology because Belmont is a great school for this industry. The programs are very in-depth and require a good amount of work outside of the classroom. The teachers are involved with the industry and understand the challenges of the industry, but they also know ways to succeed and are willing to give individual attention to students which I have experienced on a first hand basis.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hot but Stuck up – The girls at Belmont University tend to be beautiful. But most are either stuck up, cliquey, or prude. Their personalities are a flaw.

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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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