College Sophomore 2013-01-03T19:45:21Z
Parking at Belmont isn't great. I myself don't have a car, but I have lots of friends who do. B-Po, or the Belmont police, are very, very picky about parking and issue tickets very easily. On nights when there are special events at school, visitors and guests can overflow into student parking and make it nearly impossible to find a space.
College Sophomore 2013-01-03T19:44:03Z
It was very easy for me to get into my major, Psychology. I just had to be accepted to Belmont and declare my major! Some of my other friends had a lot of difficulty getting into classes related to their major, but I've had an easy time of it. The department is very flexible and works to fit your needs.
College Sophomore 2013-01-03T19:42:01Z
The computers at Belmont are fairly standard, and depending on your department, they can do what you need them to. For example, the computers in the Hitch Science Building and the Psychology department have Minitab, so you can do statistics. As of right now, the school definitely leans towards PCs, but I wouldn't be surprised if we switched to Macs sometime in the near future.
College Sophomore 2013-01-03T19:36:55Z
The athletics at Belmont aren't bad, considering it's a school that is mainly centered around the arts. Though we don't have a football team, our basketball and baseball teams are very talented, and there's always a good turnout for games. Additionally, we have a quickly growing Quidditch team-- games against Lipscomb or Vandy are always fun to watch.
College Sophomore 2013-01-03T19:09:04Z
Belmont has great facilities, especially the Beaman. The outside aesthetics of the campus, the classrooms, and the other facilities, such as the library, practice rooms, and fitness centers, all contribute to a great experience at Belmont, regardless of what you're interested it.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T05:39:12Z
Guys & Girls:
A LOT more girls than guys. The girls not only lead in quantity, but in quality as well. Many guys are hipster, but there are some normal guys and then the preppy Greeks who typically dress for success. The same goes for girls, but there are some beautiful, beautiful southern belles around. A lot of the prettiest girls tend to go after the Greek guys, as they are in sororities themselves. The girls get better and better each year.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T05:35:43Z
Health & Safety:
Belmont Police (B-PO) are everywhere. They can actually be annoying, but they really do look out for you. Call the office, and an "officer" will be wherever you need them very quickly. They have cars, bikes, and foot patrols on duty 24/7.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T05:33:49Z
The quality of houses are not bad, but not anything special. They are more than sufficient for college students, however. Many within walking distance along Wedgewood, Belmont Blvd, etc. If you are smart about where you go alone, you should be safe. Parking can be a hassle if you come at the busy hours in the morning.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T05:26:56Z
Men's basketball is HUGE. Student section could be a little more vibrant, but for social and entertainment purposes, is a huge part of campus life.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:50:08Z
There is a ton of parking. They keep building new buildings with parking garages underneath them, so parking is just fine. As for bringing a car, it is helpful to have one, but most likely some of your friends will have cars, so you can get rides with them.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:27:04Z
In all honesty, most students have their own laptops and some have printers. The labs are fine; I haven't heard of any problems with them. The wireless is usually good, except during registration. Printing costs 10 or 15 cents per page in the library, so that could get annoying, but it's doable. I would suggest sharing a printer with your roommate.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:23:05Z
Belmont is not known to be a party school. There are people who party, but I wouldn't say it is the majority of people. From what I can tell, house parties and athletic parties are the way to go. There aren't any frat houses at Belmont, but Vanderbilt is a short drive and they have tons. Also, we have the clubs downtown, but I don't think you would be able to get a drink if you are underage.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:18:36Z
We have intramurals and our basketball team is good, but the only big spectator sport is basketball. Otherwise, there's not much interest since a lot of Belmont students are more into music. Our workout facilities are nice, and there are fitness classes available to take.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T22:02:07Z
Most don't do drugs, but there are some who are "hardcore" musicians that like to sneak around and live that life style.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T22:01:18Z
The facilities are amazing. I love the gym. The library has everything you need. There are many librarians there to help too.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T21:59:28Z
The nightlife can be wild. I prefer to go hang out with my close friends and not drink. Many students go out and do drugs and get drunk but Most just like to have clean fun with out the alcohol or drug influence.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T21:57:42Z
The schoold programs are very good and the teachers are aways ready to help. There are many resources for students to use and many places students can go to get help with anything. The staff, RA's and everyone else are so nice and ready to help you any time you need it.
College Sophomore 2012-12-17T19:34:36Z
The nightlife on campus usually consists of all sorts of performances that you can go to. Granted, they are wonderful performances, but "party life" is not on campus. Belmont is a dry campus, and if you are looking for that kind of party, you have to get off campus. However, the busing of Nashville is absolutely wretched. It is so confusing and none of the times ever seem to match. (People of Nashville have said the same thing - not just people who have never used a busing system before). At Belmont though, they have offered many fun activities such as Basketball games, "Good Clean Fun" dances, Zombies vs. Humans, and so much more.
College Sophomore 2012-12-17T19:26:15Z
For me, besides the wonderful music program and its teachers, the best thing that Belmont has offered to me is God. He is very present in many of the teachers' lives - though not all. Many students are strong believers and regular opportunities to worship, study the Bible, and much more are readily available.
College Sophomore 2012-12-17T19:23:15Z
Belmont is an extremely expensive school, and unfortunately, they can only offer so much. I was given a wonderful scholarship, but there still is a good portion left over that has to come out of my pocket. The process to be considered for a scholarship, however, was not difficult. It simply required your application to the college, scores (SAT & ACT), and a transcript. For music majors though, you also had to audition, but you have to do that anyway to even be accepted into the School of Music.
College Sophomore 2012-12-17T19:17:49Z
I can only vouch for the Music Program, but I find it to be wonderful. The teachers, especially Dr. Whitten and Miss Gooding, are not only excellent teachers, but also wonderful people. The staff, in general, is extremely caring and truly has your best interest in mind. They care about you and your future. They do not treat you as though you are just a freshman. You are a person to them, and even though they have all the degrees, they do not rub them in your face. They kindly offer advice and education.
College Sophomore 2012-12-17T19:06:51Z
The Music Program is phenomenal. The teachers, at least the one that I had, are wonderful, and they truly care about you and your future. They challenge you to do your best, but understand that improvement takes time and a lot of practice. Unfortunately, practice rooms can be very hard to get. There are not enough rooms to practice in, and if you need a piano, there will be times you will not get to practice. However, if you can take your instrument with you, it is possible to find areas around campus to practice. (Belmont is working on getting more practice rooms.)
Getting exposed to many varieties of music is very available because recitals and performances happen all the time. They range from operas, piano recitals, symphonies, choir concerts, acapella groups, to musicals such as Footloose. Music majors are actually required to see a set amount of music events, but they are always thoroughly enjoyable.
College Junior 2012-12-12T17:53:43Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone is a hipster. This makes it a bit difficult to decipher the boys, some girls just have given up. A lot of students smoke and enjoy the "band life". However, you'll also find a lot of sweet Southern men and women on campus. There is a variety of people at Belmont, students from a number of states. If you like music, you'll fit in and find someone.
College Junior 2012-12-12T17:48:21Z
Health & Safety:
I've never felt unsafe on Belmont's campus. I would even go out at night to the bell tower to play music. The campus police are also trained as metro police and they patrol the areas frequently. The "BePo" will come and escort you anywhere on campus, no matter what time of day or night. There have been petty thefts in cars and dorm rooms but they have that at other colleges too. As long as you're smart about what you're doing you shouldn't be in too much trouble.
College Junior 2012-12-12T17:43:47Z
Belmont offers a lot of on campus student life. If you live on campus, each dorm has a certain number of events they must put on each year. Every school event is free so there are a lot of concerts, athletic events, and community events that you can go to. The quad and the Beaman (student center) always have a ton of students in it and usually you can find someone you know at any given hour.
The biggest tradition is Battle of the Boulevard, where rival school Lipscomb plays Belmont in basketball. Both schools are actually on the same street...but ours is the one with the name... :)
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