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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professor are extremely helpful, especially if you ask for it. The work load can be over bearing but I guess it comes with the schooling. I do wish that some professors would understand that not all students have their parents paying for their bills, schooling, etc. and that some of us do have 40 hour week jobs as well as families to take care of.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My specific major is Music Business and it is very interesting and thorough. The workload is a bit much but it is a lot of information to get into our heads before the semester is over.

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2 College Junior

Academics: Everyone is a music major so don't think you're unique if that's what you're going to Belmont for. You'll be a very very very very very small fish in a very very very very very large pond.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Despite the large workload that an audio engineering major has (trust me, when you get to DAW, you'll see), I have absolutely no complaints about my major. Lots of hands on experience, great faculty, top notch equipment and a reputation in the music industry. What else could you ask for?

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 205th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 243rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 404th
    Smartest Professors
  • 463rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 484th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tara Knott
Hometown
Geneva, Illinois
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Ask most freshmen what they’re majoring in, and chances are, it’ll be something in the music industry—for good reason. Belmont’s music business and performance programs are second to none, right in the heart of Music City. But Belmont isn’t just a music school. The University offers strong programs in a myriad of subjects, from pharmacy to philosophy and everything in between. Unless you decide to opt for the honors track, Belmont students are required to complete the BELL Core, a general education curriculum founded in liberal arts. Belmont’s also unique in that freshmen take courses in their intended majors right away, so they’ll know if they’re in the right place. Some students who come to Belmont for the music program end up changing their major, but they don’t transfer because they fall in love with a new discipline through the BELL Core.

Thanks to Belmont’s incredible professors, students receive plenty of one-on-one attention. Many professors will stay after hours to help students who need it, and they genuinely care about what’s going on in their students’ lives. Class sizes are small— half the classes have fewer than 20 students—so you’ll build a close-knit community fairly quickly. Of course, the drawback to this is, if you blow off your 8 a.m. lecture for a few more hours of sleep, you’ll hear about it next class! Before you can register for classes each semester, you have a mandatory meeting with your academic adviser. The relationship you build with your adviser is crucial to graduating on time. Most advisers understand the requirements, but if you feel like you’re not on the right track, it’s easy to switch to someone who’s more knowledgeable. With the right plan, you’ll leave Belmont in four years with your degree in hand—ready to take on the world!

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
323
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
341
Total FT Faculty
323
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,959
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
27%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
77
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 51%
  • 20 to 49 students: 49%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing
  • Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Religion
  • School of Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 4%
  • Education, Other: 4%
  • Music Management: 7%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Beaman Student Life Center
  • The Grassy Knoll
  • The library
  • North Lawn in the quad
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't use up all of your allowed class absences at the beginning of the semester. Spread those puppies out.
  • Have fun, but work hard!
  • If at all possible, come with your car. Parking may stink, but things are more frustrating without one. If you don't have a car, though, don't freak out-Zipcars and buses will come to your rescue!
  • It could save you hundreds of dollars to buy your books from anywhere that doesn't overprice books. Check Amazon or campusbooks.com to compare the best rates.
  • Make use of your professors. They're experienced, and in case it hasn't been said enough, they want to help you. But seriously, they're great resources.
  • The first time you have a problem with financial aid, set up a meeting with one of the financial aid counselors. Get their work email address and then communicate only with them throughout the rest of your time at Belmont. This will work to your advantage because they'll become more invested in you and want to help you, and if you try to just call the main office line every time, you'll get six different answers to the same question.
  • You should probably spend your first couple of years knocking out convocation credits so they don't come back to haunt you a few weeks before you graduate. Chances are that by the time you're a junior or senior, you won't have time for convos.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 32% Brad Paisley - Grammy Award-winning country singer
  • 18% Josh Turner - country music artist
  • 14% Trisha Yearwood - Grammy-winning country singer
  • 11% Steven Curtis Chapman - award-winning Christian musician
  • 7% Lee Ann Womack (did not graduate) - award-winning country singer
  • 7% Florida Georgia Line
  • 4% Gordon Kennedy - award-winning singer/songwriter
  • 4% Melinda Doolittle - "American Idol" finalist
  • 4% Mikeschair
  • 0% Ginny Owens - Dove Award-winning Christian music artist
  • 0% Kimberley Locke - "American Idol" finalist
  • 0% Jill Phillips - Christian music artist
  • 0% Julie Roberts - country music artist
  • 0% Cowboy Crush - country music band
  • 0% Pam Tillis - country music artist
  • 0% Rachel Smith - Miss USA 2007

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 47 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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