Belmont University: Narrative Description

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1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
Tel: (615)460-6000
Free: 800-56E-NROL
Admissions: (615)460-6785
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1951. Setting: 34-acre urban campus. Endowment: $42.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $17,879 per student. Total enrollment: 3,941. Faculty: 437 (203 full-time, 234 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,773 applied, 77% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 68% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 32 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,973 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 344 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 27 other countries, 51% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 57% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Cool Springs Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, resume of activities, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $22,376 includes full-time tuition ($15,360), mandatory fees ($860), and college room and board ($6156). College room only: $2950. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $585 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $290 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 54 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Fall Festival, Homecoming, Towering Traditions. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrol. 1,750 college housing spaces available; 1,700 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Lila D. Bunch Library with 184,835 books, 18,111 microform titles, 1,311 serials, 26,289 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Vanderbilt University.

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