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3 College Junior

Athletics: Belmont has a very nice athletic program, but their main focus is the performing arts.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most students make a big deal about basketball.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: D1 Basketball Team! Pretty cool for a tiny school like Belmont. Not a huge amount of school spirit, but I enjoy attending every home game I can

2 College Junior

Athletics: The sports at Belmont are laughable. Basketball is the only popular sport and they aren't even that good at it compared to the rest of the NCAA. They just play the worst teams ever so they look a lot better than they actually are.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: It is incredibly fun to compete in the Intramural leagues. It is incredibly fun to go watch the sports teams. It is not so fun to go workout in a sub-par weight room where there are barely enough weights to get a decent workout.


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  • 918th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1214th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tara Knott
Geneva, Illinois
Grad Year
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Honestly, if you’re looking for a school that rallies around its athletic teams, Belmont may not be for you. The University doesn’t have a football team, and attendance at sporting events is notoriously low. People do get fired up about the basketball team, particularly when the Bruins face their rival Lipscomb University in the Battle of the Boulevard. There, you’ll see a more typical college athletics atmosphere, where students will paint their faces, make signs, and cheer for Belmont like they’re die-hard fans. For the past few years, the Bruins have made it to NCAA March Madness, and that is a huge deal on campus. In 2011, Belmont threw a viewing party in the Curb Event Center to watch the Bruins take on the Wisconsin Badgers, complete with gigantic video screens, contests, and TV cameras galore. Though the team ultimately lost the game, parties like this one are a nice tribute to Belmont’s school spirit.

And despite the lack of enthusiasm for most athletic teams, Belmont students do have a strong sense of pride in their school. Many students participate in intramurals, and the cheering at these games is usually just as good as school-sponsored ones because players recruit their friends and roommates. It’s just that Bruins are more likely to unite over the taping of the school’s PBS holiday special, “Christmas at Belmont” or one of the student music showcases than they are over sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Ohio Valley Conference
School Colors
Red and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
108 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
105 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Turkey Trott
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic Training Room
  • Athletic Weight Room
  • Curb Event Center
  • Davis Tennis Complex
  • E.S. Rose Park
  • The Little Course
  • Westhaven Golf Club
  • Whitten Soccer Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is, without a doubt, the most popular sport on campus. Basketball helped put Belmont on the map after the team's appearances in the NCAA championship tournament. Soccer, tennis, baseball, and volleyball follow in popularity.
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf! There is so little said of the golf team that it is very easy to forget there is one at all. It's a similar case with the women's softball team. They're there, but hardly anyone goes to their games.
School Spirit
School spirit is lacking, at least when it comes to sports. However, at the biggest basketball games (Battle of the Boulevard against Lipscomb, NCAA March Madness) students show up to support the team. People get much more excited about student music performances and the Belmont Showcase Series than they do about athletic events.
Getting Tickets
Students can go to home games for free-unless it's an NCAA tournament game-or any games played at Lipscomb University down the street. All you need to get in to these games is your student ID, so no tickets are necessary. Generally, only the supercommitted Bruins fans go to away games, but when the team makes the NCAA tournament, students organize road trips to watch them in action!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Percy Warner Park (trail), Fannie Mae/Dragon Park, Radnor Lake, Centennial Park, or Hillsboro Village are all great places to walk.
Did You Know?
All patrons wishing to use the climbing wall in the Beaman Center must go through an orientation with the climbing wall assistants and pass a written and physical test.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 65 responses

  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 62% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 64% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 31% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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