Belmont University

Belmont University


Founded in 1891, Belmont University is a private, Christian, coeducational university in Nashville, Tennessee, at the heart of Music Row. As one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the nation, Belmont University is a student-centered community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith. Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named Most Innovative university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 7,700 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Belmont offers undergraduate degrees in more than 90 programs of study in areas including the liberal arts, sciences, business, health sciences, religion, music and music business.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Merit Scholarships

Belmont offers several substantial merit scholarships in addition to generous need-based aid. The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship is offered annually to an incoming freshman from a diverse background with outstanding academic and leadership records. It covers full tuition, room, board, books and fees. The Ingram Diversity Leadership Scholarship, offered to four incoming freshmen with diverse backgrounds from the Nashville area, covers the full amount of tuition and is also awarded based on outstanding academic and leadership records. Learn more about Merit Scholarships

Summer Bridge & Orientation Towering Traditions New Student Orientation

The Towering Traditions Orientation Program, founded more than 20 years ago, is designed to welcome new students to Belmont University. The program includes Summer Orientation and Welcome Week. Summer Orientation includes academic orientation, institutional orientation and registration sessions. Students have the opportunity to meet administration, faculty, and fellow students in preparation for their first days on campus in August. Learn more about Towering Traditions New Student Orientation

Scholars & Leadership Enactus

Enactus students devote six weeks each summer, and every other Saturday during the school year, to the 100 Kings program. Sponsored by 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, the program supports 150 African-American students in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The seven-year program provides these students with English and math tutoring, personal finance counseling and vocational orientation in interests such as Business, Law and Engineering. The program offers preparation for the SAT and ACT exams, college counseling and an introduction to Belmont University. In 2012, Belmont won its second Enactus national championship, followed by the World Cup title. Learn more about Enactus

Student Life & Support Black Student Association (BSA)

Belmont’s Black Student Association promotes cultural awareness through campus events and forums. Open to students of all races, BSA strives to reach out to the Belmont and Nashville community through its involvement in the university’s Martin Luther King Week and community service projects in the Metro Nashville area.

Student Diversity

  • 6,293
  • 40/60
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 78%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 80%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 68%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 60%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 400
    Full-time faculty
  • 37
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Music Business, Nursing, Business Administration, Music, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Association, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Rumi Club, Hispanic Student Alliance, Black Law Student Association, Minority Health Science Association, Chinese Cultural Club, Belmont Japan America Relations


Cost of Attendance

  • $29,930
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,460
    Required Fees
  • $11,330
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $23,683,916
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $15,499
    Average aid package
  • $28,477
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 15%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 52%
    Students with financial need
  • 72%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 65%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 11%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,265
    # of applicants
  • 81%
  • 3.60
    Average HS GPA
  • 26
    ACT Composite
  • 530—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 510—620
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 07/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date