College Senior 2011-09-13T16:46:33Z
Too Strict – Between visitation policies, the whole dry campus thing, greeks not having houses, and everything else, Belmont is too strict. That is the reason I left campus, because I couldn't deal with all of the rules and restrictions.
College Senior 2011-09-13T16:41:09Z
Finally Off Campus – I am a sophomore and filed for an exemption to the housing requirement. I couldn't wait to get off campus. Housing here doesn't work like it does in a college town, which is often difficult to describe to parents. Instead of signing a lease for the upcoming school year in November, we sign for an August lease in late June maybe even July. One of my roommates lives in Nashville so she headed up the house finding front. Belmont doesn't really help you find housing...probably because they want everyone to stay on campus forever. But they don't even have enough space for them to stay on campus...so I don't really know what their plan is. Another dorm?? Parking SUCKS at school, but I love living off campus!!
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T15:51:10Z
All of the "old" housing needs a makeover. Even in the newer buildings, some maintenance is needed and Belmont doesn't do it. For example, I submitted a work request to have the front door of my apartment repainted or replaced because it was rusting and simply looked horrible. Not surprisingly, they denied my request, saying that all the painting for that apartment building had been completed for the year. It was very frustrating.
Also, the cost of living on campus is ridiculus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T15:47:59Z
Our cafeteria food is horrible. In order to get food I enjoy, I have to go to the Curb or to Corner Court.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T15:45:46Z
There are lots of things to do off campus, but not many fun things are hosted by Belmont on campus at night.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T05:37:26Z
Health & Safety:
There isn't much crime or fighting. I feel safe here. Security offers escorts to places on campus if you feel unsafe. Just be aware that we are in Nashville. Keep your doors locked.
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:54:05Z
Love It. No matter what your style of a good time is, you can find it at Belmont for sure.
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:53:32Z
Heron and Kennedy Rock My World – I loved living in Heron Hall. I actually miss it A LOT.
Kennedy is awesome. I love the sophomore community.
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:35:29Z
Very Pricey – Apartments off campus are very expensive and there aren't too many options. Definitely rent a house if you want to move off-campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:34:50Z
Belmont doesn't give many general scholarships right off the bat, but there are a lot of opportunities for major-specific scholarships or study abroad. Make sure to apply for scholarships under your major, especially if you're music business or performance!
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:33:42Z
Suite Style Living – If you get in one of the suite style dorms (Patton/Bear House or Maple for freshmen and Kennedy or Thrailkill for upperclassmen) then you have it made. Those dorms are all relatively new and in great condition. However, if you end up in a community style dorm (Wright/Maddox, Heron, Hail) it will be old and not in the best condition. If you are a freshman guy, live in Pembroke. You won't regret it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:32:14Z
Snow Go – For the most part, Nashville is bright and beautiful. In the winter though, the city will shut down because of one or two inches of snow. Stay off the roads when it's snowing; Nashville drivers freak out!
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:28:30Z
So Many Choices – We're in Nashville. You could probably eat at a different local restaurant everyday for a year. I honestly have not had a bad experience with off-campus dining once. Check out SATCO, Urban Flats, The Local Taco, Jackson's, Fido, and Frothy Monkey. All are great options!
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:28:23Z
There are 6000 students and only 3000 parking spots-- you're in college; you can do the math. If you're on campus, don't worry. If you're a commuter, get to school early (around 8) and then hang out at Bongo or in the Beaman until class starts. Permits are free, but BePo is pretty strict on ticketing and fines will run you $100. There's a WeCar car-sharing system set up, but people are more likely to rent Belmont Bikes.
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:25:47Z
Too Little Too Late – I don't have a car here but most of my friends do and parking is a joke. They continue to build new parking garages and dorms but they're increasing enrollment much too quickly to be providing the necessary accommodations. Weekends are the best time to find a parking spot because a lot of kids with cars don't hang around on campus. But during the week? Good luck. Finding a good parking spot is like finding a winning lottery ticket. You don't need to have a car to get around on campus. It's exceedingly helpful though to know people with cars to get around the city. Also it's a matter of personal convenience.
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:23:00Z
Guys & Girls:
Overall Belmont's student population is pretty diverse. It's heavily populated with music students, but that might be because I mostly associate with music students and have all my classes with them. Regardless of the reason, I'm not complaining. There are a lot of hipsters on campus. Fewer this year than last. Student dating is very common. There's quite a bit of diversity in how students dress and spend their leisure time. Belmont is a very social campus. I've also seen an increase in racial diversity within the last year which has been nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:15:25Z
Not So Bad – Applying for the nursing program is often not a big deal. If you declare your major when you apply for enrollment at the university, you are usually considered for admitance into the nursing program. However, when I applied I did not automatically get into my program. At the end of my first semester I applied for the nursing program again and was accepted at the end of the year. The application required an essay expressing why I wanted to become a nurse.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:14:00Z
The only positive part of parking on campus is that it is free. Other than that, parking is a nightmare, and with the extra construction this year there is never a close spot unless you come at 7:30am. I have driven around for 20 minutes looking for parking, and ended up parking off campus parking a block away from my house and walking. Because the passes are free, so many students get them and expect to have spots but that is simply not possible.
College Senior 2011-09-13T04:13:27Z
Commercial Music Program Rocks – It's incredibly unique to be a Commercial Music major. I applied to 8 schools across the country and none compared to Belmont. The love and dedication I feel radiating from my professors is almost a strong as their desire to help me succeed. The community here is phenomenal and even though I feel overwhelmed a lot of the time with the workload, I continue to embrace new things and take on new challenges because I love music so much. This spring I'm studying abroad in the Balkans and couldn't be more excited to go with other members of my studio and voice professor.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:10:44Z
Good Overall – In my opinion, it is over priced. The social atmosphere is positive, the locations are great, but the price is too high for sharing your room and sharing a bathroom with 3 other people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:08:21Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe – I am not afraid to walk around on campus, though there are some sketchy parts of town not far away, and it would be easy for anyone to get on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:08:20Z
Enjoy the Music of Music City – The nightlife at Belmont consists of a few off-campus parties, house shows, and a plethora of concerts. Jam sessions are scattered throughout campus at night. A lot of the clubs are 21 or older, although there are a few that are 18 and up. Transportation is basically non-existent. There is the public transportation system, but it isn't the safest or most dependable. There are taxis though.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:04:02Z
Blessed Beyond Belief – I have had an amazing time thus far at Belmont. I have learned so much about myself through my interactions with other students both in and out of the classroom. My values and beliefs have shifted, and I consider myself to be a more mature, happy, and confident person than when I graduated from high school. I love the community feeling Belmont offers, and everyone on campus truly looks out for one another. Belmont really feels like home, and I am proud to be a student of the university!
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:03:25Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys and gals of Belmont aren't your typical college students. For the most part, girls are always dressed to impress. The boys are generally rocking the musician hipster look or the frat look. Although 10% of the student population is involved in Greek life it does not create a divide within the student body.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-13T04:01:50Z
Low, but Very Protected – Just like any college campus, there is a drug scene. But more students choose not to be involved in it. Belmont recently passed a tobacco-free campus policy, so students who smoke cigarettes must do so off campus. In addition, Belmont has a no alcohol tolerance policy. Of course students hide alcohol in their rooms, and some parties do happen in on campus apartments, but almost all parties are off campus. If students are caught with alcohol, paraphernalia, drugs, etc. they will be severely punished.
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