Belmont University

1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212-3757

School Details

The glorious Belle Monte estate of Tennessee portrayed the wealth of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen in the mid-1800s. Today, the preserved Belmont Mansion and Bell Tower, the former summer home and water tower of the Acklen family, serves as a historic centerpiece for Belmont University. 

Located on 75-acres just outside of downtown Nashville, Belmont College opened in 1890 in order to provide educational opportunities for young women. The College merged with Ward Seminary in 1913, evolving into the Ward-Belmont School for Women. Another turning point for the institution came in 1951, when the school transitioned to the co-educational Belmont College. By 1991, the school adopted its university status and growth continues. 

Today, new state-of-the art academic, residence, and entertainment facilities enhance the physical environment, and Belmont University has expanded to a second Cool Springs campus. Moreover, the private, not-for-profit Belmont University supports a liberal arts education, based on Christian principles. More than 6,600 students are enrolled, coming from every state and 25 different countries.

Belmont University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees.

Students can pursue more than 75 undergraduate and graduate programs, including 23 Master’s and five Doctoral programs at Belmont University. Programs are housed in seven colleges and schools.

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
  • Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • School of Religion
  • University College
Being in close vicinity to Nashville, Belmont offers programs surrounding the music industry including a newly developed Songwriting degree, Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business, and degrees in Entertainment Industry Studies and Audio Engineering Technology. In addition, students can pursue undergraduate studies that include fields of Education, Neuroscience, Accounting, Politics & Public Law, as well as many other fields. Belmont University also supports Adult Degree Programs offering non-traditional students the opportunity to complete undergraduate degrees in Accounting, General Business, Liberal Studies, Ministry, Nursing, and Public Relations Management. 

The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, with at least 50 percent of class sizes containing 20 students or fewer. Moreover, many programs support online classes for added flexibility.

Belmont University also offers a wide range of graduate programs. Master’s degrees include opportunities in the Master of Accountancy, English, Special Education, Teaching, Business Administration, Education, Music, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Sport Administration programs. Prospective graduate students can choose to pursue a Master of Business Administration with a Professional or Healthcare focus, or complete the accelerated degree program. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is delivered via an accelerated format blending weekend classes with online learning. 

Belmont University also offers five Doctorate programs including the Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Law degrees. A number of graduate programs target the needs of working professionals, offering classes in the evenings or online, in addition to summer programs.

Tuition for undergraduate students is $13,065 per semester, including general fees. Graduate tuition is program-specific. Programs, including MEd, MAT, MSA, MM, and MA courses, are $935 per credit hour while the Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy programs have tuition rates of $14,820 per semester. The graduate Law program costs $16,640 per semester. Additionally, tuition for the Adult Degree Completion programs is $545 per credit hour.

Eligible students can access funding at Belmont University through scholarships, grants, loans, and other resources. Aid includes:
  • Merit-based scholarships, endowed scholarships, and additional external awards
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation Grant
  • Tennessee Education Lottery (HOPE) Scholarship
  • Federal Work-Study
  • TEACH Grant
  • Federal Stafford  Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • PLUS Loan for Graduate/Professional Students
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Veterans Benefits, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill,Yellow Ribbon Program, Montgomery GI Bill, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, REAP
  • Vocational Rehabilitation programs
  • External resources




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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