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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Belmont has been under construction for the entirety of my time there and have made drastic changes to the science labs, added study rooms, and new amenities such as starbucks.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Belmont is incredibly pretty when just walking around campus. There are lots of new buildings built to look like the old buildings - my tuition dollars at work! Yay! Also, there are a lot of flowers, but fear not - those are paid for by donors!

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Belmont is probably the most beautiful campus that I have ever seen.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are a lot of things to do on Belmont's campus. However, there is not much space for students to be active.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: A large chunk of students attend Belmont for it's Entertainment and Music Business programs; which are among the best in the country.


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Belmont has a beautiful campus. Students love showing it off when family and friends come to visit, and the administration takes pride in its upkeep. When the weather’s right, flowers are planted all around the campus, and the second they start to wilt, they’re replaced with a fresh batch. Students often joke that their tuition is going to the flower budget, but to the administration’s credit, the results are gorgeous. The path from the quad to the Bell Tower is frequently used for bridal party photo shoots in the spring. While Belmont isn’t very big, the campus has more than enough state-of-the-art facilities to keep students entertained. Underneath the Massey Business Center, a fully-equipped recording studio is available for students to book sessions. Ambitious music students might record their first EPs here, and they’ll usually recruit audio engineering majors to work the professional soundboard.

If you want to work off some extra energy, drop by the Beaman Student Life Center. The group fitness room hosts classes from ab sculpting to Zumba, and the weight room has plenty of treadmills and exercise equipment for students to use. Feeling adventurous? Climb the 30-foot rock wall and impress that cute girl in the lobby—the wall’s enclosed by glass windows so students can see in. The Curb Event Center is the most popular location for on-campus events. Home to the Showcase Series and the Bruins’ basketball and volleyball teams, its sheer size makes it a great location for outside events, as well. It’s hosted the Country Music Television Awards, keynote speaker Maya Angelou, and a 2008 presidential debate. And the best part? Because the events are on campus, Belmont students get to participate in it all.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
75 acres
Student Centers
Beaman Student Life Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Lila D. Bunch Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Grassy Knoll in front of Wright/Maddox dorm
  • Lounge in the Beaman Student Life Center
  • The quad
  • Steps of the student center when the weather's nice
Bar on Campus
Belmont's a dry campus, so there isn't one.
Bowling on Campus
None on campus, but there are several bowling alleys within 10 miles from Belmont if you want to play a game!
Coffeehouse on Campus
What's Bruin (in the Beaman) and Bruin Grounds (in the Lila D. Bunch Library) both serve coffee. One of Nashville's best coffeehouses, Bongo Java, is just across the street on Belmont Boulevard.
Movie Theater on Campus
A movie is shown each month in the Beaman Student Life Center.
"Green" Initiatives
Belmont has many different green initiatives, including a green roof on McWhorter Hall, the discontinuation of trays in the cafeteria (for water conservation), and the recycling of office paper across campus.
School Slang
  • The Beaman: Nickname for the Beaman Student Life Center, the main student center where students can lounge, group study, or work out
  • B-Po: Belmont Security officers are affectionately called "the B-Po." You'll see them on campus in squad cars or on bikes!
  • Convo: This refers to the convocation credit requirement each student needs to have completed in order to graduate (each student needs to have 60). There are six categories: C&A (Culture and Arts), AL (Academic Lecture), Faith (Faith and Development), PG (Personal Growth), Community Service, and Electives.
  • M-Pac: Massey Performing Arts Center, where a lot of music department concerts, musicals, operas, and large convos are held
  • Protected: These are events that can't take place while other events are going on. For example, basketball games are protected, so organizations can't hold meetings.
  • Stairway to Heaven: Guaranteed to give you buns, thighs, and calves of steel, this very steep, very tall set of steps connects the Hillside Apartments to the apartments at the top of the hill.
  • TT: Towering Traditions, which refers to the freshman orientation
  • Battle of the Boulevard: Once a year in the spring semester, the great Bruin-Bison rivalry (Belmont-Lipscomb) is displayed in a basketball game. Belmont and Lipscomb are both on Belmont Boulevard, hence, the title of the game. This and Homecoming are the only two games that get the most people in the seats.
  • Dead Day: The day before finals, all Belmont classes are canceled. Students gather in the cafeteria for "Pancake Night," where University Ministries volunteers serve up free pancakes as students cram for the next day's exams.
  • Fall Follies: The once-a-year SNL-esque comedy show produced by students is one of the biggest events during the fall semester. This is when faculty, staff, and students get to come together, sit back, and laugh at themselves for about two hours.
  • Homecoming: While it's possible that non-Belmont people might come onto campus during Homecoming and not have the foggiest idea that it was Homecoming, students do celebrate the established college celebration. The campus newspaper even does a special issue dedicated to Homecoming.
  • Pembroke Date Auction: In what's become a tradition but started out as a way for the freshman men's dorm to raise funds, ladies (and some gentlemen) come out to see (and laugh at!) the men of Pembroke strutting their stuff down a runway for ladies to bid on for a date. Half of the money goes toward the date and the other half toward the dorm.
  • Showcases: Four music genre performances (Christian, urban/pop, rock, and cover) are spread out across the academic year, where four Belmont bands or individuals perform three original songs (except in the cover showcase, when artists give their unique twist to another artist's song). At the end of the showcase, judges (people from the music industry) deliberate and determine who won the showcase. The winners of the four will perform at the very last showcase toward the end of the year (the "Best of the Best" showcase).
  • The Towering Tradition: At the end of Welcome Week, the Towering Tradition leaders and the new students gather around the Bell Tower at night, holding lit candles and reciting what it means to have pride in Belmont. Everyone then circles the tower, and, if you are moved to do so, you may touch the tower. It gets pretty emotional.
  • Tuition Time-Out: This is the highly coveted prize opportunity at halftime during every home basketball game. A student is chosen from the audience to try and make a shot from half court. If he or she makes it, Belmont will pay that student's tuition for a semester.
Urban Legends
  • Bruin Hills Apartments used to be housing projects until Belmont acquired them.
  • Heron Hall, the women's dorm that is closest to the Adelicia Acklen mansion, is said to be haunted.
  • The home of Nashvillian socialite and businesswoman Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women of the Antebellum South, still stands on campus. The mansion is said to be haunted by those of Adelicia's children who died as children.
  • There's a mystery surrounding the tunnel beneath the Bell Tower. In front of the Bell Tower, a rusted grate hides stony steps that lead under the tower, but word is that there is a tunnel that leads farther than that, all the way to the mansion. There is also apparently a locked door that may hide secrets from the Civil War.
Favorite Things To Do
The student "Showcases" are a great way to check out Belmont's incredibly talented students. Throughout the year, the Curb Event Center will host student artists in different genres (Christian, country, rock, and urban/pop). At the end of the year, the winner of each showcase performs at the "Best of the Best," a must-see event-no matter what kind of music you listen to! Belmont's student performances are fantastic across the board, with Broadway-quality musicals, dances, and plays performed in the Massey Performing Arts Center (MPAC) and the Troutt Theater throughout the year. Aspiring musicians provide live music in the Curb Café nearly every night. If you're looking for a laugh, go to the Pembroke Date Auction (ladies get to bid on dates with the guys who live in Pembroke) or the Fall Follies, an SNL-style comedy show produced by students. Belmont is the kind of campus where you can walk around in the evening and run into a group of people sitting in a circle on the grass or in the gazebos with their instruments, making impromptu music. If you have an instrument or can sing, you're welcome to join in. For a more educational activity, head to the Humanities Symposium, a week-long event put on by the humanities department that takes a topic (e.g., travel writing) and dissects it using speakers who are experienced on the topic, with activities, presentations, art shows, and discussions that involve students. The 2011 keynote speaker was Maya Angelou-with a name like hers behind the Humanities Symposium, it'll just keep getting better!
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Belmont Vision
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Belmont has a wide variety of clubs and organizations students can get involved with, from the Pre-Law Society to Ultimate Frisbee. Most Belmont students are at least marginally involved with one of the 75-plus clubs. If you're looking to join one of the more active organizations, get involved in University Ministries, student government, or Program Board, which plans fun activities for the campus. Service Corps is a popular club for music business students-the members volunteer at major music events in Nashville, escorting celebrities down the red carpet, or filling seats in the audience at the CMA Awards. There are clubs and organizations for most majors on campus, so ask your adviser about when the meetings are. Of course, if Belmont doesn't offer the club you're looking for, you can contact the Office of Student Activities. Once you find a faculty sponsor, starting your own organization is incredibly simple!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 51 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 26% Fall Follies
  • 17% Showcases
  • 14% Dead Day
  • 9% Towering Traditions
  • 9% Battle of the Boulevard
  • 6% None
  • 6% I feel like there are no traditions at Belmont
  • 6% Pembroke Date Auction
  • 6% Homecoming
  • 3% The Towering Tradition
  • 0% Tuition Time-Out

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 15 responses

  • 20% The quad
  • 17% Lounge in the Beaman Student Life Center
  • 13% The Curb Cafe
  • 10% Library
  • 10% In my dorm room
  • 7% Dorm Lobbies
  • 7% Hillside Apartments
  • 7% Nowhere on or near Belmont's campus
  • 3% At work
  • 3% The athletic locker room
  • 3% The Grassy Knoll in front of Wright/Maddox dorm

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 33% Beaman Student Life Center
  • 14% Mail Center
  • 14% Bookstore
  • 10% University Ministries
  • 10% Library
  • 10% Curb Event Center
  • 5% Office of Admissions
  • 5% Resident assistant

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 30% Go out to eat
  • 15% Transfer to a different school
  • 15% Chill in the gazebos
  • 15% Lay on the quad
  • 11% Play music
  • 11% Find a quiet place in the library
  • 4% Play sports

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 60% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 57 responses

  • 44% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 7% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 51 responses

  • 33% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Belmont Mansion is haunted
  • 40% That this is a real college...
  • 20% It is haunted in the Inman building.


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