Belmont University announced its fall 2006 enrollment at 4,481 students at the end of the registration period, marking an increase of just over 50 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students. The administration and Board of Trustees set a goal to enroll 4,000 students by 2007; last year, Belmont broke that milestone two years ahead of schedule when 4,319 students enrolled for the fall semester. The Belmont student body is currently comprised of 707 graduate students and 3,774 undergraduates.
“Our sixth consecutive year of record enrollment, higher qualifications of incoming students and jump to the top 10 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings have all given the Belmont community cause for celebration,’ Belmont President Dr. Robert Fisher said. “Providing every possible opportunity to our students is the main focus of Belmont’s talented faculty and staff and our continued successes are validation of all of these efforts.”
Since 2000, Belmont’s full-time undergraduate enrollment has increased by 1,267 students, or 60 percent over six years. The average ACT score for the 2006-07 freshman class is 26, up one point from last year. Nearly 40 percent of new freshmen at Belmont were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, while 69 percent finished in the top 25 percent.
Belmont University rose five spots in the latest annual ranking of America’s best colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report and is now ranked 10th in the South in the “Best Universities – Masters” category. The rankings are based on several quality indicators including student retention rates, graduation rates, student-faculty ratios and scores on college entrance exams.
“State’s colleges see enrollment rise” – The Tennessean, September 11, 2006
“Belmont announces enrollment growth” – Nashville City Paper, September 12, 2006