Diversity

Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
4,906
Tuition
$26,130
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Belmont University is diverse in terms of sexual orientation but not much else. Economic backgrounds here and ethnic groups don't have much variation.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity is not-so-good. It's a southern christian college. But Belmont is working to get a more diverse student body every year. Most people are white, american, and christian. But that doesn't mean people can't offer unique things. Class discussions are proof of that.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is little to no diversity on campus. However, Belmont likes to pretend they are diverse by finding the six diverse people on campus and posting them on the Belmont homepage. Belmont University is a closed minded school that is heavily populated by white, conservative, christian, southern students.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Belmont is known for and built on Christian values. The staff and curriculum reflects that. There are people at the school who don't agree with those values and Belmont doesn't force certain beliefs on to them.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not a lot of diversity here. I think mostly because of the insane price of tuition it seems that mostly white, upper middle class students attend.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tara Knott
Hometown
Geneva, Illinois
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
0%
Native American
0%
White
85%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
73%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 16%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
52%
Male Faculty
48%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 92%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Though the Belmont administration has dealt with some controversy over this issue, students are very accepting of all lifestyles. Androgyny is almost "in fashion" at Belmont, so you'll probably spend some time wondering about some of your classmates' orientations. People prefer to keep their sexual orientations private, and if they share it, it's between close friends. Bridge Builders attempts to unite the gay and straight communities at Belmont, and some of its members are openly gay.
Political Activity
You'll find students along every step of the political spectrum at Belmont. The College Republicans and Belmont Democrats are small groups, but they make up for their size with their passion. Politically active students can express their voices in the Right Aisle Review, a publication designed to foster open discussion.
Economic Status
Belmont's tuition obviously isn't cheap, and many students have wealthy parents who can afford to pay their way through college. However, more than 70 percent of Belmont students receive either merit-based or need-based financial aid. There are students at every economic level on campus, and it's generally not a divisive issue.
Most Common Religions
Belmont is a Christian university, so many students come from that background. However, with Belmont increasing its national profile as a top music school, religious diversity is growing on campus. There are students who practice Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, agnosticism, and atheism. No matter what your beliefs are, you're still required to attend 10 spiritual growth convocation events before graduation, but students will have no problem finding others who share their faith (or lack thereof) at Belmont.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few minority clubs on campus, like the Black Student Association which promotes cultural awareness through events and forums. The BSA also hosts a popular annual cookout at the start of each school year to encourage students to get to know their classmates.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 44 responses

  • 11% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 34% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 20% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 32% Conservative
  • 39% Moderate
  • 11% Not sure
  • 11% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 40 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 40 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 45 responses

  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 47% Very accepting.

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