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Nashville, TN
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4,906
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$26,130
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Senior

Weather: I actually enjoy the winter. Late spring through fall is either extremely hot and muggy, or rainy and cloudy. It's awful.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Where's the School Spirit? Our teams are outstanding, but our school seriously lacks school spirit.

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1 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our Campus Security Does Jack-Dillity-Squat – I often see our security officers playing tennis, riding bikes, or simply ticketing. Whenever something frightening happens on campus, they are always too late. They seem to be everywhere, but I have not seen any evidence of them keeping the campus safe. At the same time, I never feel unsafe on campus, more because many of the students are good people and there is this unspoken level of trust.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: really the only financial aid Belmont gives out are the merit based scholarships you are automatically considered for when you apply. other than that, you're on your own.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Too Strict – Between visitation policies, the whole dry campus thing, greeks not having houses, and everything else, Belmont is too strict. That is the reason I left campus, because I couldn't deal with all of the rules and restrictions.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finally Off Campus – I am a sophomore and filed for an exemption to the housing requirement. I couldn't wait to get off campus. Housing here doesn't work like it does in a college town, which is often difficult to describe to parents. Instead of signing a lease for the upcoming school year in November, we sign for an August lease in late June maybe even July. One of my roommates lives in Nashville so she headed up the house finding front. Belmont doesn't really help you find housing...probably because they want everyone to stay on campus forever. But they don't even have enough space for them to stay on campus...so I don't really know what their plan is. Another dorm?? Parking SUCKS at school, but I love living off campus!!

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: All of the "old" housing needs a makeover. Even in the newer buildings, some maintenance is needed and Belmont doesn't do it. For example, I submitted a work request to have the front door of my apartment repainted or replaced because it was rusting and simply looked horrible. Not surprisingly, they denied my request, saying that all the painting for that apartment building had been completed for the year. It was very frustrating.

Also, the cost of living on campus is ridiculus.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Our cafeteria food is horrible. In order to get food I enjoy, I have to go to the Curb or to Corner Court.

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: There are lots of things to do off campus, but not many fun things are hosted by Belmont on campus at night.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There isn't much crime or fighting. I feel safe here. Security offers escorts to places on campus if you feel unsafe. Just be aware that we are in Nashville. Keep your doors locked.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Love It. No matter what your style of a good time is, you can find it at Belmont for sure.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Heron and Kennedy Rock My World – I loved living in Heron Hall. I actually miss it A LOT.
Kennedy is awesome. I love the sophomore community.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very Pricey – Apartments off campus are very expensive and there aren't too many options. Definitely rent a house if you want to move off-campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Belmont doesn't give many general scholarships right off the bat, but there are a lot of opportunities for major-specific scholarships or study abroad. Make sure to apply for scholarships under your major, especially if you're music business or performance!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Suite Style Living – If you get in one of the suite style dorms (Patton/Bear House or Maple for freshmen and Kennedy or Thrailkill for upperclassmen) then you have it made. Those dorms are all relatively new and in great condition. However, if you end up in a community style dorm (Wright/Maddox, Heron, Hail) it will be old and not in the best condition. If you are a freshman guy, live in Pembroke. You won't regret it.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Snow Go – For the most part, Nashville is bright and beautiful. In the winter though, the city will shut down because of one or two inches of snow. Stay off the roads when it's snowing; Nashville drivers freak out!

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices – We're in Nashville. You could probably eat at a different local restaurant everyday for a year. I honestly have not had a bad experience with off-campus dining once. Check out SATCO, Urban Flats, The Local Taco, Jackson's, Fido, and Frothy Monkey. All are great options!

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3 College Junior

Parking: There are 6000 students and only 3000 parking spots-- you're in college; you can do the math. If you're on campus, don't worry. If you're a commuter, get to school early (around 8) and then hang out at Bongo or in the Beaman until class starts. Permits are free, but BePo is pretty strict on ticketing and fines will run you $100. There's a WeCar car-sharing system set up, but people are more likely to rent Belmont Bikes.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Too Little Too Late – I don't have a car here but most of my friends do and parking is a joke. They continue to build new parking garages and dorms but they're increasing enrollment much too quickly to be providing the necessary accommodations. Weekends are the best time to find a parking spot because a lot of kids with cars don't hang around on campus. But during the week? Good luck. Finding a good parking spot is like finding a winning lottery ticket. You don't need to have a car to get around on campus. It's exceedingly helpful though to know people with cars to get around the city. Also it's a matter of personal convenience.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Overall Belmont's student population is pretty diverse. It's heavily populated with music students, but that might be because I mostly associate with music students and have all my classes with them. Regardless of the reason, I'm not complaining. There are a lot of hipsters on campus. Fewer this year than last. Student dating is very common. There's quite a bit of diversity in how students dress and spend their leisure time. Belmont is a very social campus. I've also seen an increase in racial diversity within the last year which has been nice.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Not So Bad – Applying for the nursing program is often not a big deal. If you declare your major when you apply for enrollment at the university, you are usually considered for admitance into the nursing program. However, when I applied I did not automatically get into my program. At the end of my first semester I applied for the nursing program again and was accepted at the end of the year. The application required an essay expressing why I wanted to become a nurse.

1 College Junior

Parking: The only positive part of parking on campus is that it is free. Other than that, parking is a nightmare, and with the extra construction this year there is never a close spot unless you come at 7:30am. I have driven around for 20 minutes looking for parking, and ended up parking off campus parking a block away from my house and walking. Because the passes are free, so many students get them and expect to have spots but that is simply not possible.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Commercial Music Program Rocks – It's incredibly unique to be a Commercial Music major. I applied to 8 schools across the country and none compared to Belmont. The love and dedication I feel radiating from my professors is almost a strong as their desire to help me succeed. The community here is phenomenal and even though I feel overwhelmed a lot of the time with the workload, I continue to embrace new things and take on new challenges because I love music so much. This spring I'm studying abroad in the Balkans and couldn't be more excited to go with other members of my studio and voice professor.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Good Overall – In my opinion, it is over priced. The social atmosphere is positive, the locations are great, but the price is too high for sharing your room and sharing a bathroom with 3 other people.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I am not afraid to walk around on campus, though there are some sketchy parts of town not far away, and it would be easy for anyone to get on campus.

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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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