Enrollment at Belmont University continues making positive trends with total student enrollment reaching 8,995 for Fall 2022. New student registrations surpassed the admissions office goal with 1,939 new Bruins registering for classes. The year-over-year record for the undergraduate cohort amidst a struggling higher education climate demonstrates Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones’ vision for the University to “Let Hope Abound.”
Dr. Jones said, “Our increased student interest at the undergraduate and graduate levels shows that new students are attracted to Belmont University’s propensity to shine as a beacon of hope for the good of our community and beyond. I look forward to this new year and new opportunities to develop leaders of purpose and character who are eager and equipped to make the world a better place.”
As enrollment numbers rise, so do new structures. In an effort to meet the increasing demand for on-campus housing, Caldwell Hall opens its doors to 606 upperclassmen this semester. The addition of Caldwell Hall increases Belmont’s total housing capacity to 4,294 throughout a total of nine residence halls. The new addition features apartment-style living where residents will enjoy numerous amenities such as a fitness center, incredible views of downtown Nashville, and a unique two-story lobby featuring study and gathering areas.
The University’s vast portfolio of more than 169 programs of study grows with the additions of Public Advocacy and Special Education. Four new accelerated programs in Music Business (3 + 3 JD), Biology (3+3 OT/PT), and Pharmaceutical Studies (3+4 PharmD) will be added to the catalog. Students participating in these accelerated programs will receive two degrees in an abbreviated timeframe.
New graduate registration opened August 19 and is at 589. A number that is anticipated to increase as some programs delay registration until students show up to campus. Strategic Leadership in Education, PhD. and Mental Health Counseling, PhD. are two new career-focused programs available among the graduate programs.
Belmont continues making strides with the goal of being a University with a stronger representation of diverse perspectives as 23.9 percent of the undergraduate freshman class come from underrepresented populations and 26.1 percent from underrepresented populations on the graduate side. Registration for transfer students remains open and currently has 401 students registered to join Belmont from 37 different states.
Vice President for Enrollment Services Dr. Chris Gage noted, “The freshman class is Belmont’s most diverse ever. The enrollment team also maintained Belmont’s rigorous academic profile and the cohort is just as geographically diverse as last year with 46 states and the District of Columbia represented. There’s just unbelievable momentum going into the Fall of 2023 recruitment cycle.”
First-time freshmen students moved into campus housing on August 18 with the first day of classes held Wednesday, August 24. Final enrollment numbers will be available in late-September following the University’s official census.
Applications for admission for the Fall 2023 cycle opened on August 1. The University’s first fall Preview Day, which occurs in September, is currently open for registration.