Belmont enrollment tops 6,300, includes 130 law students

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 1:44pm
Staff reports

Belmont University officials announced Wednesday the school has reached a record-breaking enrollment number for the 11th straight year: 6,374 students.

In a release, Belmont said this fall’s enrollment marks an increase of 8 percent from last year (when the mark was 5,936) and a rise of 114 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students.

Classes for the fall semester began Wednesday.

The BU student body consists of 1,370 graduate and professional students and 5,004 undergraduates, representing record figures in both categories. Also, and for the first time, the university will enroll more than 2,000 new undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

In addition to the Class of 2015, Belmont’s charter for its College of Law includes 130 students, exceeding projected goals by nearly 30 percent. Moreover, the initial class has topped academic expectations as well, with incoming law students holding a median LSAT score of 154.

“Every day I see more young adults and their families walking in the front door to visit Belmont, and I tell them that this university’s mission is to empower students to use their talents and passions to transform the world,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said in the release.

This year’s incoming freshman class represents 43 states and eightforeign countries, with 72 percent of the class originating from outside of Tennessee. The university received a record number of 8,013, applications for graduate and undergraduate programs, including 3,882 applications for freshman admission, up 17 percent from last year.

The average ACT score for the 2011-12 freshman class is 26.3. In addition, 33 percent of new freshmen at Belmont ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and 61percent were in the top quarter. This year’s freshman class of 1,171 students held an average un-weighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.53, including 28 valedictorians and 17 salutatorians from schools reporting rankings. Also, a record number of 490 transfer students are joining the Belmont community this semester.

“The fall 2011 admission cycle at Belmont was tremendously successful by any measure,” David Mee, associate provost and dean of enrollment, said in the release.

Final enrollment figures won’t be available until mid-September following the university’s official drop/add/withdraw period.

The university’s record-breaking enrollment news coincides with the construction of several new campus buildings, including the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center (future home of the College of Law) and a new residence hall. BU is also renovating Belmont Heights Baptist Church’s main sanctuary to transform the space into a classical concert hall. All three projects are scheduled to be complete by summer 2012.

12 Comments on this post:

By: Nitzche on 8/24/11 at 2:17

impressive

By: localboy on 8/24/11 at 4:16

That is not a very large campus for 6k students...it speaks well for it's reputation to attract an ever-growing number of students.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/25/11 at 10:05

That enrollment number will drop once they find out which students are gay and kick them out.

I hate Belmont. I wouldn't hire anybody from that school. It's a prejudice school.

By: Nitzche on 8/25/11 at 12:19

belmont hates you, wait a minute, they don't know who you are,,,well MTSU loves you

By: Bellecat on 8/25/11 at 1:09

More is not always better. When numbers grow this fast quality of life will suffer for the students already there. This university has only a certain amount of land to build upon and not enough parking , dorms, cafeteria space, etc now.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/25/11 at 2:13

Beljudice is their new name. I'm embarrassed that this school is in Nashville. Bunch of prejudice AH.

By: Nitzche on 8/25/11 at 5:57

they are embarrassed you are in nashvile, now go HOME!!

By: gdiafante on 8/26/11 at 6:42

Kudos to Belmont...in a few more years we'll have even more useless degrees entering the workforce...nothing like millions of people with four year degrees and only a handful of jobs for them.

Go America!

By: Nitzche on 8/26/11 at 7:50

wow, a communist

By: RTungsten on 8/26/11 at 10:23

NY1: It seems to me you are prejudice towards non-gays. Go back to NY and tie the knot with your partner, Nashville wouldn't miss you.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/26/11 at 11:29

RTungsten, no Boo. I'm just prejudice against people that doesn't fly first class and who doesn't wear Couture.

By: joe41 on 8/26/11 at 11:30

Impressive numbers, impressive campus. One of Tennessee's hidden gems.
Joe