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5 College Freshman

Academics: I love all my professors in my program.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors- top notch, experts in their respective fields of study.

Curriculum- challenging for most majors

Registration- absolute nightmare

Workload- average

Special study options- hundreds to choose from, there is no reason a student should be failing because there are countless opportunities for extra help

Popular study areas- the Beaman, the library, the WAC and McWhorter lobbies

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Belmont has a phenomenal student to faculty ratio and I have found my classes to be very rewarding. I have learned so much about the music industry and have been able to apply it to my internships. Professors are personable and usually flexible to work with you. It is very easy to schedule office hours with your professor. Some of the more unique classes I have taken are The Business of Jazz: Diversity in the Music Industry, Copyright Law, The Critical Eye, Music Publishing, and Survey of recording Technology. Belmont also offers numerous study abroad opportunities and I plan to go to Australia and Hong Kong next Spring for one of their programs. Registration is pretty difficult, but as long as you plan ahead and work with your advisor you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Academics: They're fine. Not bad, but not stellar.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging but not always inclusive to diverse learners.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 53 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 53 responses

  • 42% This was my dream school.
  • 47% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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