BestChoiceSchools.com recently placed Belmont high on its list of the “50 Most Beautiful Urban College Campuses” in the country, recognizing the University at No. 10 among all urban universities in the United States. Understanding that college students are drawn to urban locations but still desire nature-filled settings, the website noted, “Pretty Belmont University is steeped in Southern charm and beauty.”
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “We take great pride in creating and maintaining a campus that is both visually appealing and environmentally sustainable. Not only do these gorgeous surroundings provide our students, faculty and staff a beautiful place to study, work and play, but they also show prospective families that you can have it all—a great education and a stunning campus right in the middle of a fantastic city.”
Criteria for the award required the schools to be located in a city with a population of 100,000 or more and then measured the campuses based on prior national and international accolades, student enjoyment, notable campus features, historical significance and environmental friendliness. Other Tennessee institutions on the list were Rhodes College (No. 27) and Vanderbilt University (No. 16).
Belmont’s campus beauty was also recognized on similar lists in 2014 by both Best College Review and ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org, which noted the “grand, elegant and strikingly beautiful buildings” as well as the iconic Bell Tower.