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, music business, 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 15 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 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 paper 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 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.
Students applying for readmission to Belmont 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. Readmission 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.
1. Complete the entire Degree Seeking Application thoroughly. An
incomplete application cannot be considered and will be returned to
2. Submit the non-refundable application fee of $50. Checks or money
orders should be made payable to Belmont University.
3. Provide the Confidential Recommendation Form to the appropriate
person as designated on the form and have the reference send the form
directly to Belmont. Students should pay special attention to the
instructions regarding who should complete this recommendation form.
4. Complete the Personal Supplement and attach your answers to the
Essay Questions and your Resumé of Activities. Be sure to include your
full name, address and birthday on each page. Transfer applicants do
not have to submit the Resumé of Activities.
5. Request that official transcripts be sent from the high school directly to
the Office of Admissions. For a transcript to be official, it may not be
marked “Issued to Student”. Transfer applicants who have earned 30 or
more transferable hours of credit from a regionally accredited college at
the time of application do not have to submit a high school transcript.
A nursing applicant must be a licensed registered nurse or have a
previous bachelor’s degree to be exempt from this requirement.
6. Request that official SAT-1 or ACT score reports be sent directly to
Belmont. (Belmont’s ACT code is 3946 and the SAT code is 1058).
Belmont does not consider Writing test scores from either the SAT or
ACT. Test scores will be accepted as official if submitted on an official
high school transcript. Transfer applicants who have earned 30 or more
transferable hours of credit from a regionally accredited college at the
time of application do not have to submit test scores. A nursing
applicant must be a licensed registered nurse or have a previous
bachelor’s degree to be exempt from this requirement.
7. Provide the Secondary School Report Form to the appropriate person in
your guidance office and have him or her send the completed form
directly to Belmont. Transfer applicants who have earned 30 or more
transferable hours of credit from a regionally accredited college at the
time of application do not have to submit the Secondary School Report
8. Request that official transcripts from each college or university
attended be sent directly to Belmont. If you are currently enrolled in
your first term at an institution, you should request that the college or
university send a “Letter of Good Standing” in lieu of a transcript.
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 and submit the Honors questionnaire found online. 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 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 email@example.com 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:
Office of Admissions
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212