High school seniors are encouraged to apply to Belmont during the early fall months of the senior year. 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, musical theatre, and songwriting are limited in terms of the number of spaces available. Applicants will be notified of a decision within a few weeks of completing the application. The application deadlines are July 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.
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 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 essays, list 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.
High School Curriculum
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)
Transfer of Dual-Enrollment Credit
Students who complete college coursework while in high school will, in most cases, receive credit for the work completed, provided it meets the following guidelines:
- The course work is completed through a college or university accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Courses may not be remedial in nature.
- Courses match up (are equivalent in content) with courses offered at Belmont.
- While any course in which the student receives a passing grade is eligible for consideration as transfer credit, a student must earn a grade of “C” or better in any course which could then be considered for equivalence to a general education, major or minor course at Belmont.
- For those students who enroll at Belmont, an official transcript from each college or university where work was completed must be submitted to Belmont in order for the appropriate credit to be determined and awarded.
Students who wish to transfer less than 30 hours of college credit are advised to take all math courses at Belmont. To see a list of general education course requirements for each degree option at Belmont, go here, making sure to select the appropriate degree from the list of options at the top of the page. A more detailed explanation of the credit transfer process can be found in the university catalog here.
Advanced Placement (AP Courses/Credit)
University credit is awarded in the amount carried by the course for which the student is receiving advanced placement. This credit is recorded as “P” and is not used in calculating overall grade point average. A maximum total of 24 hours of credit may be earned through Advanced Placement, I.B., and / or CLEP combined.
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
Freshman applicants who wish to be considered for Belmont’s honors program must complete and submit by December 1, 2015 a written response to the required essay as found on the undergraduate admission application. Notification of admission decisions to the program will be communicated by mid March 2016. More specific details about the program, including admission requirements and curriculum offerings, can be found online at www.belmont.edu/honors.
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 in order to be considered for admission to the songwriting major. The portfolio will consist of the applicant’s two original songs, corresponding lyrics, and written responses to program-related questions. Portfolios will be reviewed four times annually and must be submitted by November 1, January 15, March 15, or May 1 for consideration. Specific instructions regarding the portfolio process as well as general information about the major can be found online at www.belmont.edu/cemb/songwriting.
Admission to a major within the College of Visual and Performing Arts
An applicant to the College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Music, Department of Art and Department of Theatre and Dance) must be academically admissible to the university in order to be considered for admission to a specific program in the CVPA. An audition or portfolio review is also required for admission to all programs within the College of Visual and Performing Arts with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Drama and the Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Applicants will be considered for admission to the university after all application materials are received. Applicants who audition or submit a portfolio prior to all application materials being received will not learn of their admission to the university until their application file is complete and a decision has been rendered. 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. Live on-campus auditions are offered on select dates during the academic year (under certain circumstances, an applicant can submit a taped audition). Those students wishing to pursue a minor in music (classical study in voice or instrument) should contact the School of Music (SOM) at email@example.com. Additional information, including audition dates and requirements, can be found online at www.belmont.edu/music.
Admission to the Department of Art
Applicants for the Art Education, Design Communication and Studio Art programs are required to submit a portfolio of their work (Art History majors are exempt from the portfolio requirement). Incoming freshmen who wish to be considered for a Leu Art Scholarship should submit the portfolio by the December 1 priority deadline. The Department of Art will contact scholarship finalists by January 10 with invitations to participate in personal interviews with art faculty to determine the final Leu Art Scholarship recipients. Additional information, including portfolio requirements, can be found online at www.belmont.edu/art.
Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
Applicants for the B.F.A. degree in Theatre are required to either complete an on-campus audition or submit a portfolio depending upon the student’s area of emphasis (applicants pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama are exempt from this requirement). Applicants for the B.F.A. program can contact the theatre department directly via phone (615.460.6012) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an audition. Additional information, including audition and portfolio requirements, can be found online at www.belmont.edu/theatre.
Direct all application materials and inquiries to:
Office of Admissions
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-460-6785 OR 1-800-56ENROLL