Nashville, TN
Belmont University


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Recent Reviews

Sam
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm a freshman technically in the middle of my first year here, but with coronavirus it's basically over so I thought I might...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm a freshman technically in the middle of my first year here, but with coronavirus it's basically over so I thought I might write a review to help out those who are deciding on a college like I was a year ago. Niche limits your number of characters so I thought I'd come here to write a more detailed review. To sum my experience up, I have very mixed feelings about this school. Here's a list of the major cons I have; 1. At the time being, it seems like Belmont is focused purely on growth, at the expense of the students. To put it more bluntly; the administration here really sucks. There were numerous controversies involving administrative decisions and our president, who happens to be one of the highest paid university presidents, just this semester. Belmont is very overcrowded with incoming students at the time being. All of the classes fill up right away and I had great trouble getting into any of the classes I needed, which were pretty much all incredibly basic gen ed classes. I essentially had to take a BS semester to get more credits and I feel like I wasted my money a bit. Also, if you are a music person like me, it is next to impossible to find a practice space for a band. This surprised me considering how big of a "music school" Belmont is. There is a program to sign up for a practice space time but they fill up very quickly and it's impossible to get a space unless you're willing to wait a few months. On top of that, if you try to practice in your dorm you will get shut down in minutes. Me and many other people had to resort to 'illegally' practicing in the parking garage because there is nowhere else to go. This was a bummer as someone who choose Belmont hoping to pursue music projects. 2. There are a lot of strictly enforced questionable policies. As you probably know, Belmont is a "dry" campus and they strictly enforce their drug policy, but on top of that they are incredibly strict about having members of the opposite sex inside of your dorm. The school is VERY conservative in it's views, we even have a no sex policy and you can technically get in trouble for even having a condom in your room. I sometimes feel like I'm treated like a kid at a summer camp instead of an adult gaining independence, and most of the students feel very strongly apposed to these policies as well. I know many students who got screwed over for drinking/pot possession. I really wish the school would take a harm reduction route instead of trying to prevent things that are inevitable with most college students. 3. There is very little party scene here. Me and my friends end up trapped hanging out in a dorm on campus many weekends because we can't find parties anywhere. There are house shows some weekends which are pretty fun but that's really the extent of the partying. There are plenty of music shows in Nashville but tickets get expensive if you're doing that every weekend, and many music venues in Nashville are 21+. I'm not the biggest partier so it's not a deal breaker for me, but it's important to note. 4. The "convo" system is pointless and incredibly broken. If you don't know what this is, we essentially have to attend a number of hours at Belmont events under different categories to graduate. They switched the already confusing system and now I honestly have no idea how it works anymore. I wish they'd just get rid of it because it only seems to screw people over. 5. You won't get any significant scholarships or financial aid from this school. I know very few people that received more than a few thousand dollars. 6. The campus is kind of far from grocery stores and cool stuff in the city, so its really helpful to have a car or friends lenient with giving rides. Now I may have painted this school a very poor picture so far but there are a few very good redeeming qualities that make me want to stay here; 1. The professors I've had have been excellent so far. Many of my classes had very profound discussions where all the students were engaged. They were very helpful outside the classroom if you need help as well. 2. The student body is generally filled with nice and extremely talented people. If you're a music person like me you'll have no trouble making a band, even if rehearsing is near impossible. I had no trouble meeting a group of great friends that I vibe really hard with. I just wish the administration listened to the concerns of the awesome student body. 3. This school essentially has a monopoly on music education in the Nashville scene, it is fantastic for making connections; which is the most important part of music school IMO. Overall I feel that this school isn't for everyone. If I wasn't a musical person I would definitely be miserable at this school. I'm not the "conservative christian" type, and most of the students here aren't either. There is an obvious divide between the administrators and the students, and this school could easily be far better if they kept their interests in mind instead of only their paychecks. If you aren't trying to get into their music or one of their entertainment industry programs and you feel like these issues would greatly bother you, this probably isn't the right school. When I toured this school I felt like I was lured in with their pretty campus and music culture without being painted a full picture. I feel that Belmont advertises itself as something that is far from reality. I don't hate this school and I'm not trying to discourage anybody with this review, I just felt disappointed with the realities I faced in my first year here, and I am unsure yet of whether I am going to transfer.

Kyle
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There are many things, as expected from many schools, that are frustrating about the administration at Belmont University. Th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are many things, as expected from many schools, that are frustrating about the administration at Belmont University. These are things that both students and faculty have to deal with. However, through talks with other students as well as faculty, we stay for the experience. The faculty are wonderful, outstanding, and highly educated. They connect with their students and get to know them. Class sizes are pretty small (at least for the school of music) and this leads to great discussion and connections from professors to students. The student body as a group is very welcoming, kind, fun-loving, a little nerdy, but filled with some good and generous people. Campus is absolutely gorgeous and going outside is very common and popular as a social activity. However, the cafeteria food is very bad and admin refuses to let you off the meal plan if you live on campus. They also need more on campus dining options to use bruin bucks or declining points. They need to be better about having more food options for people with allergies or dietary needs. But the overall experience, especially in the music school, is far worth it.

Michele
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I think Belmont is a great school for certain groups of people. The lack of diversity is apparent and the racism and micro-ag...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Belmont is a great school for certain groups of people. The lack of diversity is apparent and the racism and micro-aggressions experienced on campus, by students of color, are not something Belmont administration takes seriously, unless they are concerned about being sued.

Meghan
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Pretty good! The class sizes are great and the campus is beautiful and easy to navigate. Mental health services and career ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pretty good! The class sizes are great and the campus is beautiful and easy to navigate. Mental health services and career services need to be larger and more developed in order to meet student demand. It is a very expensive college though and very little aid is awarded.

Morgan
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I think Belmont University is a great university that continues to get better every year! The class sizes are small, no more ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Belmont University is a great university that continues to get better every year! The class sizes are small, no more than 30-35 kids usually, so students can expect lots of individualized attention and help from their professors no matter the department. The student life is great with groups that can cater to everyone's interests! Life outside campus is bustling with activity. There are several shops, restaurants, museums, parks, and a great downtown area that give students several options for weekend and downtime activities. I found my home at Belmont and I hope this review can help someone else find their home in Nashville as a Bruin as well. :)

Jacob
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I formed bonds with my professors and was able to grow as a student and a human being while attending Belmont University. How...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I formed bonds with my professors and was able to grow as a student and a human being while attending Belmont University. However, the upper administration of Belmont seem to care more about the looks of the university and their bank accounts, then the students and faculty.

Gia
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I love Belmont! I’ve been looking at Belmont from afar since the 8th grade. So when I got my acceptance letter I was nothing ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Belmont! I’ve been looking at Belmont from afar since the 8th grade. So when I got my acceptance letter I was nothing but overjoy. I truly to Belmont, the scenery is stellar. Campus is safe, that I can walk around at 2 A.M. and feel comfortable. The students here are so kind, we’re all helping build each other up. The professors are very helpful! The classrooms are up to date, especially the science department.

Molly
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I have found a home at Belmont, and I love the school. It's a fantastic fit for me, but it's not for everyone. As a student...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have found a home at Belmont, and I love the school. It's a fantastic fit for me, but it's not for everyone. As a student who works with the marketing office on campus, I can tell you that Belmont presents very well. It's a beautiful campus with some very well known programs. However, as you get to campus and live here, some things become apparent. Belmont is trying to grow, and it is doing so. The Belmont you experience when you arrive will not be the same Belmont you experience as you leave. There are more students on campus. Class sizes become bigger. Dorms become more crowded. Lines for food become longer. Construction sites start popping up across campus. It's not a bad thing. But Belmont is a school that is always evolving and students need to adapt to these changes as they happen. Another factor to consider is that Belmont has very little school spirit. We are a Division 1 school with mediocre teams that no one really supports. We don't have active greek life, and many people end up dropping their fraternity and sorority because it's so far from the traditional greek life experience. We are so far from anything reminiscent of big state school life that some students look for. We are a dry campus and the drugs and alcohol policies are sometimes taken too seriously. You have to check-in opposit- sex visitors to your dorms. Homecoming is almost non-existent. A few other things to note, especially in the music and entertainment school: more adjuncts teach in the entertainment school than actual, full-time professors, making class times long and professor accessibility difficult. The music performance students are some of the busiest students on campus. The music business major is the largest major on campus and getting into classes can be competitive. But there are many good things about Belmont. The facilities are state of the art. Many of the professors I've come across, especially in the liberal arts college are some of the best people I've met. Class discussions are meaningful and helpful. Academics are challenging but definitely not impossible. We have a high admission rate. Belmont is full of social students who want to help each other out and build their connections. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Grace
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I truly love Belmont. I chose to come here relatively impulsively but I have not regretted the decision once. Despite Belmont...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I truly love Belmont. I chose to come here relatively impulsively but I have not regretted the decision once. Despite Belmont being very focused on Music and other arts majors, I have definitely found a home here as a woman in STEM. The faculty in my department are so knowledgeable and accessible. I cannot count the number of times I've wandered into a faculty member's office to chat about class, grad school, psychology, or just life. It is definitely academically rigorous so that's something to be prepared for, but the family vibe I feel from coming here makes it 100% worth it.

Kayla
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It is the best place on earth. I was weary at first, but Belmont creates such a community in every single aspect of college l...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is the best place on earth. I was weary at first, but Belmont creates such a community in every single aspect of college life- from housing to classrooms to clubs to the cafeteria. Belmont is where I have met the best people I know. Belmont is the best.

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