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Admissions Procedures

High school seniors are encouraged to apply to Belmont during the early fall months of the senior year. Transfer applicants should apply to Belmont as soon as possible during the term preceding the term for which they are applying. Applications for admission to Belmont are for a particular term of enrollment. Requirements of materials may change from one term to another. Acceptance for one term does not necessarily indicate that admission will be granted for any other term. Admission to Belmont is competitive.

Applications for admission are considered on a rolling basis pending space available, so early submission of all application materials is strongly encouraged. Many programs, including nursing, music, and songwriting are limited in terms of the number of spaces available. Applicants will be notified of a decision within 4-6 weeks of completing the application. The application deadlines are August 1 for entry in the fall term, November 1 for entry in the spring term, and May 1 for entry in the summer term. Freshman applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the December 1 priority date to be considered for our largest merit scholarships. The application for admission also serves as the merit scholarship application. Applications completed via The Common Application™ are accepted and processed with equal consideration to the Belmont application. 


Admissions Consideration

An applicant is considered on the total picture the student’s credentials present. High school students will be considered competitive for admission if they present a rigorous course of college preparatory academic studies. Students should have an above average core academic and cumulative grade-point average and rank in the top half of their graduating classes. A strong correlation between high school grades and test scores is expected. Any college level work is also expected to be at the above average level. The personal supplement information, essays, resumé of activities, and recommendations are also strongly considered as positive indicators of success at Belmont. Additional requirements such as portfolios or auditions are considered in conjunction with the academic credentials for those programs which require them. Each application is considered on an individual basis. No two applicants will present the same credentials or the same degree of “fit” with the university. Our desire is to work with each student to determine the likelihood for that student to enroll, graduate, and benefit from the Belmont educational experience.



Freshman applicants, who are best prepared to be successful at Belmont, generally will have completed, as a minimum, the following course requirements as part of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum while in high school:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of Math, including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra II (most have had four years)
  • Three years of lab-based Science, such as Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Two to three years of Social Studies, including U.S. History (most have had three years)
  • Two or more years of the same Foreign Language completed while in high school (most have had three years)



Students who have attended Belmont previously are considered on the same basis as new applicants to the university for that particular term. If a student has attended any other college or university since the last term of enrollment at Belmont, official transcripts must be sent.

Recommendations previously sent to Belmont may be used if they are less than two years old. Contact the Office of Admissions to determine what particular requirements may be needed if you have any questions. Re-enrollment cannot be considered if the student has any unsettled business with Belmont or any other institution attended whether in the form of a financial, disciplinary, or academic obligation. Once those issues have been resolved and the Office of Admissions has been notified of the resolution in writing, the application will be considered. The university reserves the right to refuse admission to a student on any grounds deemed sufficient by the Belmont University administration.


Applicants to the Honors Program

Applicants for freshman admission interested in the Honors program may go to www.belmont.edu/honors to learn more information about the program and its admission criteria. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Honors program should complete  the essays required on the Application Program Supplement and submit it by March 1, 2014.  

Applicants to the School of Nursing

All applicants to the School of Nursing must submit an official high school transcript and official test scores from either SAT or ACT. A nursing applicant must be a licensed registered nurse or have a previous bachelor’s degree to be exempt from this requirement. Further information may be found online at www.belmont.edu/nursing.

Applicants to the Songwriting Major

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 3-4 songs, including lyric sheets. Portfolio details can be found online at www.belmont.edu/cemb/songwriting. Portfolios will be reviewed four times annually and must be submitted by November 1, January 15, March 15, or May 15 for consideration. In addition to submitting the portfolio, applicants must answer the appropriate questions on the Academic Program Supplement.

Admission to a major within the
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Applicants who wish to pursue a major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Music, Department of Art, and Department of Theatre and Dance) will be considered for admission to the university after all application materials are received. An audition or portfolio review is required for admission to a particular major within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. All application materials must be received before an admissions decision is made; applicants who audition or submit a portfolio prior to all application materials being received will not learn of an admissions decision until their application materials are received. An applicant must be academically admissible to the university in order to be considered for admission to the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Applicants who are academically admissible to the university but do not have a successful audition or portfolio review may choose to enroll at Belmont in a major outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. An applicant who is academically inadmissible to the university cannot be considered for admission to the College of Visual and Performing Arts.


Admission to the School of Music
Applicants to the School of Music who wish to major or minor in music are required to complete an audition. Plans for an audition should be indicated on the Academic Program Supplement. While taped auditions are accepted in certain circumstances, live auditions are strongly encouraged. Audition requirements and guidelines can be found online at www.belmont.edu/music.

Admission to the Department of Art
Applicants for Art Education, Design Communication, and Studio Art majors are required to submit a CD portfolio with 20 jpg images of your best and most recent work. This portfolio may include examples of various media that emphasize your artistic strengths. Mail the CD directly to the Department of Art (DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL PIECES). Incoming freshmen who wish to be considered for Leu Art Scholarships should submit the portfolio by the December 1 priority deadline. Applicants wishing to pursue the Art History major are exempt from the portfolio requirement. For further information, please call 615-460-6770 or visit www.belmont.edu/art.

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Applicants are required to either complete an audition or submit a portfolio. Call 615-460-6012 or email theatredance@belmont.edu to make arrangements. Applicants who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama are exempt from the audition or portfolio requirement. Audition and portfolio requirements can be found online at www.belmont.edu/theatre


Direct all application materials and inquiries to:

Belmont  University
Office of Admissions
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
615-460-6785 or
615-460-5434 Fax