Belmont University Reviews
This Law School is a scam. They keep their BAR passage rates high by cutting 1/3 of the class after the first semester. It is common to attend, pay massive tuition bills, and receive absolutely nothing in return even if you receive all passing grades. Professors are required to adhere to pre-determined system that dictates what percentage of students they need to fail. They rake in tuition for the first semester and then drop any student who they think may not pass the BAR on the first shot. Do not go here if you think theres a chance in hell that you may struggle a tiny bit because Bs and a C or two will leave you with a dismissal letter and without the possibility of attending another law school.
The philosophy program was incredible, due to its small department size. The courses provided a rigorous survey of the history of philosophy, and opened a space for individuals to also craft their own interests from these philosophical foundations. Additionally, I had the incredible opportunity of participating in two independent studies wherein the professors allowed me to help create the structure of the one-on-one lessons, ensuring that the material would best align with my own research interests. This type of flexibility within the course work and attunement unto the individual student's passions is extremely rare in educational institutions, especially during undergraduate. Overall, the professors made Belmont an incredible place to attend for undergraduate studies. Belmont as an institution, however, has many critical problems. The most severe being its ridiculously high tuition cost. Additionally, they do not offer much scholarship for academic performance, and do not prioritize scholarship as a whole within the institution. The college is primarily know for its music business program, which provides decent connections (due to its location in being in Nashville), but these connections come at too high a price, and the actually classes seem to be washed down business courses (I originally entered the school studying music business and quickly became frustrated with the program, thus switching my major to philosophy and my minor to mathematics). Belmont's prioritization of the business school was additionally reflected through the paychecks of students on campus jobs. I was a mathematic tutor for a few semester, but eventually had to drop the job since it only paid minimal wage (around $7 per hour), as I had high college tuition to cover. However, my peers who worked at Belmont's record store received $10 an hour. Furthermore, the tutors were often overloaded with students seeking our help, whereas the students working at the record store would often nap on the couches during their shift. Also, lots of shady undercurrents within the institution (cough cough... Belmont University continues to maintain financial relations to CoreCivic, the worlds largest prison company). The professors within the mathematics and philsophy department where all incredible, and where what kept me at Belmont, as well as other scholarships I applied to outside the school.
Belmont University's Mass Communication program prepared me with a wealth of knowledge to build a strong foundation for graduate study. A strong emphasis is placed on communication theory and structure and is an asset to any student interested in becoming a leader in media studies or beyond!
The university was a valuable experience that I do not regret. The cost of the program is a little high compared to other options. The school is in a great city and I have fallen in love with Nashville. Some programs such as business, music, and nursing would be recommended at Belmont, while other programs are not the same quality.
Belmont DOES NOT care about its disabled students. I was told that my two prior ADHD evaluations, the latest done at the start of high school, were not enough to warrant accommodations. I was an out of state student, and I was forced to find a psychiatrist in Nashville willing to evaluate me, and pay the roughly $1500 cost for the evaluation. I got the evaluation, confirming that yes, I did in fact still have a learning disability, and sent in my new diagnosis to the office, which then proceeded to ignore my emails and give excuses in person about how my learning disability wasn't bad enough, despite my official diagnosis saying the opposite. On top of that, I was straight up bullied by girls in my dorm, and instead of helping me, the RA joined in, and the school did nothing- as far as I know she is still an RA. I transferred after the first semester and the disability office at my new university was appalled, and I was even told that if Belmont had not been a religious institution that they may have been in violation of the ADA standards. If you are a student with a learning disability who expects to be treated fairly and with respect, DO NOT choose Belmont. Plus, church is mandatory and you can only have students of the opposite gender in your room during the day AND you have to sign them in. Save your money and go somewhere else.
You will know your professors at Belmont, and they will know you. Your assessments will be more varied than at a large state school, where so much is test-based. You'll make presentations, write papers, construct blogs, videos, or other media, and you'll be graded on participation. That being said, the school doesn't offer a lot in the way of diversity. Students come from all over the country, but are predominantly white. Sports also aren't a huge focus. So, if you're looking for extravagant game days and school pride, Belmont may not be what you're looking for. Religious courses are required at Belmont, but it doesn't feel like professors are pushing their specific belief systems, and classes are typically a mix of people who identify themselves as Christian, and people who identify as agnostic, or "spiritual," but not religious, or practice other religions.
Belmont University has an atmosphere that will make anyone feel at home! I loved the energy and southern charm of the campus and everyone on it. The professors are genuine and care for you and want to help you be successful. There are many activities for students to make friends, network for jobs, and to just get involved. I loved every minute of my time there.
Belmont University is located in the heart of one of America's greatest cities, Nashville, TN! The student body at Belmont is eclectic and intelligent. What the school lacks in racial and socioeconomic diversity, it makes up for individual diversity. Whether you are a musician looking to make it big on Music Row or a Nursing student--Belmont provides a diverse range of exemplary programs. Belmont University is a top school in the South and will certainly provide a a small school atmosphere with a big city vibe!
Belmont is a great school if you want to be able to establish meaningful relationships with your peers and professors. Even though enrollment has gone up, the school is still able to provide small class sizes, which I believe played a huge part in my successes as a student there.
Belmont offers rich courses filled with rigor. There were always a wide variety of classes offered. The campus is rather homogeneous, as a private Christian school. There are very few professors of color and perspectives are typically "shared" Rayner than challenged.