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Foundations is the next step in preparing and equipping you to successfully transition to Belmont. This summer program focuses on your academic transition by providing academic planning, class registration, financial aid and many other sessions that will assist you in completing enrollment functions before you start the academic year.  Other sessions will help you begin to think about how you will engage in campus life and successfully navigate the collegiate environment.  Foundations is a two-day program for first year students and a one-day program for transfer students offered in June.  It has two distinct tracks – one for you and one for your parents.

Registration for Foundations

Students who have submitted an enrollment deposit to Belmont University will receive an email, the first week of March once registration has opened, from orientation@belmont.edu with instructions on how to register for Foundations. 

Students must submit their enrollment deposit before they can register for orientation.

Wait List
To maintain a quality experience for our new students each session is limited to 250 students.  Registration is based on a first come, first registered system.  Once a session has reached its capacity the session will automatically close to new registrations. 

If you are unable to register for your preferred session please register for your next choice.  After registering for your next choice session you can email orientation@belmont.edu requesting to be put on the wait list. In your email please note your first and last name, your BUID, your preferred dates and the reason for the accommodation.

The waitlist is evaluated on a weekly basis beginning April 21, 2014 and all final decisions will be made by June 2, 2014.

2014 Foundations Sessions

First Year Sessions
Transfer Sessions
Session 1 - June 9-10, 2014
Session 2 - June 12-13, 2014
Session 3 - June 16-17, 2014
Session 4 - June 19-20, 2014
Session 5 - June 23-24, 2014
Session 6 - June 26-27, 2014
Session 1 - June 11, 2014
Session 2 - June 18, 2014

 

Music Majors* have mandatory music placement tests beginning at 2:00 p.m. the day prior to their scheduled session.  This requires students to arrive one day before their scheduled session.  Students attending early will be provided on-campus housing for early arrival.  Click here for a description of the music placement tests. (*Students who have auditioned for and been accepted to the School of Music and who have declared music as their major).

 For example: 

  • If the First Year student registers to attend the First Year Session 3 - June 16-17, 2014 they would need to arrive to campus before 2:00 p.m. on June 15, 2014. 
  • If a Transfer student registers to attend Session 1 - June 11, 2014 they would need to arrive to campus before 2:00 p.m. on June 10, 2014.

2014 Foundations Schedules

As Summer is quickly approaching, we want to let you know what to expect from your Towering Traditions Orientation experience! By now, most of you have signed up for a particular session and are making plans to travel to Nashville, TN. 

First Year Students

Transfer Students

All Students: First Year Students and their parents take part in a two-day orientation that includes an overnight on-campus stay for students.  Day 1 begins with check-in at 8:00 a.m.  The program ends on Day 2 at noon.

Music Majors*: First Year Music majors* must arrive on campus one day earlier than the official beginning day of their Foundations Session in order to take mandatory music placement tests.  Placement tests begin at 2:00 pm. (*Students who have auditioned for and been accepted to the School of Music and who have declared music as their major)

All Students: Transfer Students and their parents take part in a one-day orientation focusing on meeting the unique transitional needs transfer students face. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and students complete the day after course registration which opens at 4:00 p.m.

Music Majors*: Transfer Music majors* must arrive on campus one day prior to their Foundations Session in order to take mandatory music placement tests.  Placement tests begin at 2:00 pm. (*Students who have auditioned for and been accepted to the School of Music and who have declared music as their major)

2014 First Year Schedule

2014 First Year Student Music Placement Test Schedule (Music Majors Only)

2014 Transfer Schedule 

2014 Transfer Student Music Placement Test Schedule (Music Majors Only)

Packing List for Students

  • For all early arrivals, food will not be provided, so bring cash for food
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (casual)
  • Linens, pillows, towels, and toiletries for on-campus stay
  • AP/IB scores or dual enrollment transcripts (if applicable)
  • Health Form (due August 1, 2014)

Parking & Street Construction

There are several construction projects taking place this summer.  For Foundations, we request students and family members to approach campus from 12th Avenue, to Caldwell Avenue, to 15th Avenue, and turn on to campus to the Curb Parking Garage.  Click here for a map based on these directions.
  • Significant Congestion on 15th and Acklen Avenues—Work on both Acklen roundabouts (at 15th and in front of Baskin Garage) will increase in May, June and July, and numerous vendors and delivery vehicles will be in the area as the Wedgewood Academic Center comes to completion. In addition, 15th Avenue (between Acklen and Wedgewood only) will be limited to one-lane traffic (south from Wedgewood) during June and July. Traffic leaving the north side of campus will be directed down Acklen to 12th when exiting. All of this will cause significant congestion in that area.
  • Park in Curb Garage—Though the Baskin Garage will remain open, due to the significant road work and anticipated congestion, all employees, students and guests on campus this summer are strongly encouraged to park in the Curb Garage. Otherwise, if parking on the North end of campus, please anticipate experiencing frequent and sometimes lengthy delays.

Foundations for Parents

Foundations for parents runs concurrent with your student's orientation sessions. Parents have the opportunity to attend information sessions hosted by Residence Life, Student Financial Services, and numerous other campus offices. Further, parents will connect with other first year parents, faculty and key administrators through a variety of social and academic programs. 

We recognize that this is a transitional time for the entire family.  Whether this is your first student attending a higher education institution or your last we will work to support you and your student so that they will succeed at Belmont.

Questions?

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you have additional questions please feel free to email orientation@belmont.edu or call the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at 615-460-6407.