Though Belmont has historically been a white, upper-class, Christian school, the administration is dedicated to increasing diversity on campus. It’s been a slow process, but the student body has continued to grow closer to representing the makeup of the United States over the past few years. Many Belmont students practice some denomination of Christianity, but with the school building a name for itself as a top music university, religious diversity is changing on campus, as well. There are students at Belmont who practice Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, agnosticism, and atheism. No matter what you believe, you’ll still have to attend 10 spiritual growth convocation events in order to graduate. Most of these have Christian overtones, but there are some events that are more focused on nature and meditation, if you don’t subscribe to those beliefs.
Sexual orientation is a bit of a touchy issue on campus, especially since Belmont was on the receiving end of a truckload of negative press regarding the subject in 2010. However, student organizations are working to bridge the gap between the LGBT and straight communities through education and open discussion. Students are generally accepting of all lifestyles. But the unique thing about Belmont is, first and foremost, it’s a community. Students and professors tend to focus on the things that unite them instead of highlighting their differences.