Belmont University Makes History With Record-Breaking Fall 2021 Enrollment

Total student population expected to increase from 8,204 last year to more than 8,750 in upcoming semester

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Long known as one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the country, Belmont is breaking all-time records for Fall 2021 with significant increases across multiple categories, including a historic total student enrollment projected to exceed 8,750. For the first time in history, Belmont received more than 11,000 applications for admission and expects to welcome more than 2,490 new freshmen and transfer students, a 17.2 percent increase over Fall 2020.

Hailing from 49 different states and nine foreign countries, Belmont’s newest Bruins come to campus well-qualified for the next phase of their academic journey, scoring a mean ACT of 27 and SAT of more than 1240 among those who submitted scores. The Class of 2025 represents Belmont’s most diverse entering cohort in history with 21.3 percent of incoming students from historically underrepresented groups. In addition, Belmont continues to be among the top destinations for transfer students with more than 500 transfers from 40 states committed to join the campus later this month.

Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones said, “In summer orientation sessions with our incoming new students, I’ve shared my belief that a Belmont education produces competent, caring, compassionate people of character who have the ability to make a significant impact on our world. I’m tremendously encouraged to see how many students are embracing that vision for their own futures, and I’m grateful for the faculty, staff, student leaders and Belmont supporters who are helping us warmly welcome these new Bruins to campus later this month. While there is still much progress that needs to be made, I’m also encouraged by the racial and ethnic makeup of this new class as we seek to be a University with a stronger representation of diverse perspectives.”

All of Belmont’s new undergraduates are joining the campus during an exciting season as Dr. Jones kicks off his inaugural year as president with a fresh vision for the University to “Let Hope Abound.” New and returning students can also consider new programs as Belmont launches innovative majors in Supply Chain Management, Photography, Illustration and Film & Television Writing, among others.

Belmont graduate programs are also experiencing strong growth with more than 685 new students across the 17 degrees offered, an increase of 8.2 percent over last year. Highlights include record enrollments in several master’s (Mental Health Counseling, Occupational Therapy and Strategic Communication and Leadership) and doctoral programs (Law and Physical Therapy). 

Associate Provost and Dean of Enrollment Services Dr. Chris Gage noted, “Belmont’s mission, innovation and value remain extremely attractive to prospective students. To see the strength of Belmont’s incoming Class of 2025, both in size and qualifications, it’s evident that students from across the country, and in record numbers, are continuing to embrace this University’s vision to prepare them for the future.”

Belmont’s newest students begin moving into campus housing August 19 with the first day of classes set for Wednesday, August 25. Final enrollment numbers will be available in late-September following the University’s official census.

Applications for admission for the Fall 2022 cycle opened on August 1.