Belmont University occupies a 75-acre campus in southeast Nashville at 16th Avenue South and Wedgewood Avenue. Virtually all traffic skirts the campus and thus allows a quiet, secluded environment. However, the campus is conveniently situated near churches of all faiths, hospitals, restaurants, shopping centers and other universities. Buses of the Metropolitan Transit Authority stop near the campus on their frequent trips to and from the downtown area. Most classes are located in buildings surrounding the campus' main quad with the library and other facilities lying in close proximity. Major structures include:
Ayers Academic Center
Opened in the Fall of 2014, the Janet Ayers Academic Center is a 186,000 square foot structure located on the corner of Wedgewood and 15th Avenues. From the five-level underground parking garage to the picturesque views of Nashville’s skyline from the top floor, the building stands as a cornerstone for the University that seeks to serve both its growing student body and its dynamic hometown.
The largest campus building to date, the Ayers Academic Center is also tops in its class in terms of environmental sustainability. It’s the first University building in the state of Tennessee to be LEED-certified at the platinum level, the highest status, which means its construction and operation save money and resources while also having a positive impact on the health of occupants and promoting renewable, clean energy.
Inside, the Ayers Academic Center houses more than 50 majors in three colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Theology and Christian Ministry. Every undergraduate student takes courses in the building as part of the University’s general education curriculum, and with dozens of classrooms and group study spaces, the building is designed for daily interdisciplinary collaborations.
The facility also contains 20 science labs outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including spectrometers, a microwave reaction chamber, a cold room and incubators for biological studies along with laser and acoustics labs. A student-centered service area on the first floor allows for personal assistance via numerous learning labs and a centrally located Service Learning and International Education office. Also on the first floor, the campus community can enjoy meals and snacks from Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe and a We Proudly Brew Starbucks outlet.
In addition, the Ayers Academic Center is also the home of Belmont’s beautiful 300-seat chapel, which hosts numerous worship services and special events throughout the year. Placing the Chapel in the heart of Belmont’s largest academic building is an architectural embodiment of the University’s mission to be a Christian community of learning and service. Chapel services—which are held 3 times a week during the academic year—frequently feature student-led worship music and nationally acclaimed scholars who address a myriad of topics through the lens of faith.
Barbara Massey Hall
Barbara Massey Hall, originally known as Founders Hall, provides office space for the Provost, who is the Chief Academic Officer of the University. In addition, the building, which neighbors the Massey Business Center, houses additional classroom and office spaces for the Jack C. Massey College of Business.
The Randall and Sadie Baskin Center opened in 2012 and houses Belmont’s College of Law, the first new law school in Middle Tennessee in nearly a century. The building offers lecture style classrooms, a two-story law library, more than 20 faculty offices and two practice courtrooms. In the Baskin Center’s fully functional trial courtroom, law students learn the art of advocacy, utilize technology and prepare for interschool competitions. Furthermore, the space enables the College of Law to host local judges and students can see, first-hand, the law at work. The law library, which provides seating for over 300 students, is the academic heart of the Baskin Center. Law students can reserve group study rooms and professional law librarians are at the ready to assist students and faculty with their research needs.
The main lobby of the building contains a statue commissioned by well known Nashville artist Anthony Novak. The statue, titled Solomon: A Wise Ruling, stands in the middle of the main rotunda, beneath the dome. The inspiration for the statue was drawn from an Old Testament passage where Solomon wisely administers justice in a conflict, serving as an example for all those who might practice law. Underneath the building is a five story parking garage, providing five hundred parking spaces including several electric vehicle charging stations.
Since it takes three years to complete the Juris Doctor degree, the Baskin Center is home away from home for Belmont Law students and so it provides a locker room and plenty of study space to meet the rigors and time commitment of law study. Throughout the program, law students are taught legal history and theory, legal writing and research, analysis and problem solving through doctrinal courses, and practical skills.
Beaman Student Life Center
Connected to the Curb Event Center and the Maddox Grand Atrium, the Beaman Student Life Center is a six-hundred-thousand square-foot hub of campus activities located at the heart of Belmont’s historic campus. Since the fall of two-thousand three, Beaman has been a multi-purpose facility that supports the Belmont community by serving as a social gathering place for students and a programming space for campus-wide events such as NCAA selection parties, dances, fashion shows and blood drives.
Through the main entrance facing the Bell Tower you will find What’s Bruin, a convenience store with coffees, snacks, drinks, smoothies and ready-made sandwiches.
Beaman is also home to the University’s Fitness and Recreation Center with full-service men’s and women’s locker rooms and two regulation-size racquetball courts. The rock climbing wall gives students one-thousand square feet of climb surface with natural features to accommodate various levels of ability. The second floor of the Fitness and Recreation Center has a group exercise room with mirrored walls and a beautiful view of the Lawn and the South Lawn as well as a gymnasium and weight room featuring free weights, weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. The Fitness and Recreation Center also is the nucleus of intramural sports, including ultimate Frisbee, flag football, soccer, basketball, walleyball, dodgeball as well as many outdoor recreation opportunities.
In addition to the recreational and wellness facilities, Beaman is home to the Office of Student Affairs and includes offices for the Student Government Association and Greek Life. A central hub of campus life, the Beaman’s a great place to relax too since it features ample gathering spaces and seating areas for students to study and interact.
Belmont Mansion and Bell Tower
Listed on the national register of historic landmarks, the Belmont Mansion, called Belle Monte in the 1800s, was intended to be a summer home escape for Adelicia and Joseph Acklen, one of the wealthiest families in the South at that time. The Acklens built, furnished and landscaped Belle Monte as one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, and the estate contained an art gallery, conservatories, lavish gardens, aviary, lake and zoo. The Belmont Mansion now serves the university as a social center and is maintained as a historical museum.
Two hundred yards south of the Belmont Mansion stands the historic Bell Tower, which was used as a water tower on the Acklens' original estate and as a signal tower during the Civil War. The current Bell Tower includes a total of 42 bells weighing more than three tons and is one of only five carillons in the state of Tennessee. The Bell Tower is now captured in Belmont University's logo and is honored as the centerpiece of campus.
The Lila D. Bunch Library is located on the west side of Belmont Boulevard. It houses four floors of resources, seating for approximately 500 students, a circulation lobby, a reference/periodical wing, an information literacy classroom, an instructional technology laboratory, a multimedia presentation hall, an education services center, a music services center, a listening/viewing center, special collection rooms, group study rooms, listening/viewing rooms, an art gallery and casual dining option Bruin Grounds.
Curb Event Center
Home to the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate, Belmont University's Curb Event Center (CEC) is a 90,000-square-foot major sport and entertainment complex. The building offers state-of-the-art facilities for athletics, concerts, speakers, tradeshows, meetings, conferences, dinners, receptions and consumer shows. The Belmont Bruins NCAA Division 1 basketball and volleyball teams play in the Curb Event Center, which is maintained and operated by fully digital, computerized systems and represents state-of-the-art production capabilities. The CEC also features a seven-floor parking garage offering spaces for 800 vehicles.
Prime retail space has been set aside on the front section of the Curb Event Center for Belmont students to develop retail or service businesses. Bordering Belmont Boulevard, the two student-run businesses provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about entrepreneurship.
Facilities Management Services Building
The campus’ Facilities Management Services offices are located in a building at the corner of 15th Avenue South and Delmar Avenue.
Built in 1905 and connected to Freeman, Fidelity Hall once served as a residence hall for the Ward Belmont School, a high school and junior college for young women. Alumna Sarah Cannon, who was perhaps best known as her alter ego Minnie Pearl, had a room on the second floor. Fidelity now provides administrative space for the university. In addition, Fidelity houses staff members in our adult degree program, community space for our student veterans as well as the Offices of Development, Finance and Operations and Human Resources.
Built in the late 1800s, Freeman Hall reflects both the rich history and modern innovations for which Belmont University is known nationwide. In addition to serving as our front door and the gathering place for prospective students and parents, the building serves as home to the offices of Admissions, the President and several Vice Presidents and Senior Leaders.
Foutch Alumni House
The last remaining historic clubhouse on the campus interior, next to the Bell Tower, is the home for alumni. As Belmont looks to the future and honors the past, alumni now have a place to reunite with former classmates and professors and reminisce about college days. In addition to housing several staff offices, the Alumni House is the hub for alumni activity on campus and will be the perfect place for hosting events and displaying historic memorabilia.
Gabhart Student Center
Named for Belmont’s late Chancellor Herbert Gabhart, the Gabhart Student Center houses Campus Security and University Ministries, as well as an array of student-centered services, including Belmont Central, the Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Services, the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience, Bridges to Belmont and meeting spaces for student organizations on the ground floor.
The Campus Store, is also located on Gabhart's first floor, provides students a convenient venue to purchase new and used textbooks, computers and software, school supplies, Belmont logo clothing and gifts, greeting cards and other items.
The second floor of Gabhart is home to offices for Career and Professional Development and Counseling Services. With Career and Professional Development staff, students can receive help with resumes, mock interviews, career and personality assessments and job placement while also receiving tips on networking and attending career fairs. Belmont’s Counseling Services equips students to manage life transitions as well as serious emotional issues, providing students a free opportunity to speak with a licensed counselor.
The former home of Belmont’s science majors before the opening of Ayers Academic Center, Hitch will be converted to include practice rooms and rehearsal space, and additional space in Hitch will also be dedicated to Sports Administration faculty offices and shared classrooms.
The honors program at Belmont University was created to provide an enrichment opportunity for students who have potential for superior academic performance and who seek added challenge and breadth in their studies. The program is designed to encourage a range and depth of learning in keeping with the faculty's expectations of excellence for honors students. In addition to creative curriculum and flexibility in the formation of their degree plans, honors students also have access to the Honors House (a seminar and lounge facility) to allow time and space for smaller group discussions and tutoring. The program encourages students to explore the major of their dreams, even if they need to create it.
Gordon E. Inman, a successful Tennessee business leader, donated $10.5 million to the building that now bears his name on Belmont's campus, representing the largest single donor gift to the university to date. The building is home to several schools in Belmont's Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing, which serves as a national model for educating practitioners in health and social welfare fields. Through integrated, innovative practices, students learn to work across disciplines, becoming better prepared to serve needs both in their own communities and throughout a constantly changing world.
The Inman Center's state-of-the-art labs are equipped with human patient simulators, digital video, bedside computer charting, electronic supply scanning and static mannequins. The labs are designed to reproduce realistic practice settings, including the basic hospital unit, critical care, surgical/operating suite, pediatrics, neonatal nursery, maternity, home care, health assessment and diagnostic labs. All lab spaces are also outfitted with tables and chairs for reflective thinking exercises that allow the students time to review their decisions and actions with the instructor and their classmates.
Leu Center for the Visual Arts
The 40,000 square foot Leu Center for the Visual Arts houses the Department of Art studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, ceramics and photography. The Leu Center also offers the latest technology in design communications with two graphics labs with forty computer workstations and color laser printing. A student gallery provides showcase space for a variety of projects, and an audio/visual room plays host to numerous speakers each semester.
Gallery One Twenty-One is an exhibition space for students located in the lobby of the Leu Center for the Visual Arts. There the thesis work of all seniors is displayed to the public for the Senior Art Crawl. Among the majors offered are art history, studio art, design communications and art education for students to choose how they want to study art while taking advantage of being at a liberal arts university. In addition to opportunities on campus, Belmont art students have ample internship prospects in the very arts-friendly city of Nashville plus study abroad possibilities in numerous locations, including Italy and Greece.
Maddox Grand Atrium
The Maddox Grand Atrium, completed in 2003, connects the Beaman Student Life Center and the Curb Event Center and is used for receptions, dinners and concerts. The Maddox Grand Atrium was a gift from the Maddox Foundation, founded by the late Dan and Margaret Maddox, which has given a total $5.5 million to Belmont University.
Dan Maddox was a respected businessman who established his career in the worlds of finance, oil and real estate development. Margaret Maddox shared her husband's reputation as a leader in business and in the community. Dan and Margaret Maddox died tragically in a boating accident in 1998 but their legacy of entrepreneurship and service lives on through the world of the Maddox Foundation. Maddox Hall, a residence hall for men at Belmont, is also named in honor of Dan and Margaret Maddox.
UPS Store /Mail Servives
Belmont’s campus UPS Store serves as mail services and the central receiving office and is located on the corner Acklen Avenue and 12th Avenue South.
Massey Business Center
The recently renovated Jack C. Massey Business Center includes undergraduate and graduate business classrooms and faculty offices for the Jack C. Massey College of Business as well as meeting places for business executives participating in professional development programs. Students will also find study lounges, seminar rooms, conference rooms and computer labs scattered throughout the Center. Massey is also home to several business-related student organizations, including the 2012 World Cup champion Enactus team, an international non-profit that encourages students to utilize business skills to meet needs around the world.
A significant highlight of the building is the glass-enclosed, technology-laden Financial Information Center, a visual centerpiece located on the second floor. There, finance students can access and analyze financial information in an interactive environment using state-of the-art technology, including touch screen boards mounted on the wall.
Also located on the second floor is the Accelerator space for entrepreneurs. With entrepreneurship leading the way as the Massey College of Business’ fastest growing major, the Accelerator space is designed to help take new businesses to the next level. Student entrepreneurs must apply to take part after successfully launching a business. Once accepted, the Accelerator space provides a comfortable and creative setting and personalized mentorship, along with a super smart Eno Board that seamlessly functions as an interactive whiteboard computer screen for analog or digital content.
In addition, the building houses a number of special interest centers, including the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics, the Center for International Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship, which has been named a national model program by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a national Top 25 program by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni of the College of Business, also have exclusive access to the College of Business Career Development Center for customized internship and career assistance. As the only private university in Tennessee to have achieved AACSB International accreditation for business and accounting, Belmont offers the highest caliber of business education in a caring, Christian environment.
Massey Performing Arts Center
The Massey Performing Arts Center, known throughout campus as MPAC, provides an exceptional multi-purpose performance setting with the Massey Concert Hall, which seats approximately one-thousand people. The space is used frequently throughout the academic year for concerts, showcases, lectures, opera and musical theatre productions as well as for annual events like summer orientation, the President’s Concert and Fall Follies.
In addition to practice rooms and studios, the building’s lower levels feature the one-hundred seat Harton Recital Hall, which provides an intimate venue for classical performances. School of Music students and faculty perform recitals and concerts in these venues throughout the year. More than two hundreds events are held in the Massey Performing Arts Center annually, from vibrant productions of former Broadway hits to pop, jazz and bluegrass concerts to lectures from such luminaries as Ken Burns and Colin Powell. Most of these events are free and open to the public, allowing the Nashville community to get a taste of the incredible talent and educational resources Belmont has to offer.
McAfee Concert Hall
Once serving as the main sanctuary for a local Baptist church, Belmont purchased this building to provide classroom and rehearsal space for its growing School of Music while still allowing the church to meet on the property. In 2011, Belmont began a $9 million renovation of the space in order to provide the campus a new, large concert venue suitable for acoustic performances. The stunning eight hundred and fifty seven seat McAfee Concert Hall opened in 2012 to rave reviews. The design concept for the Hall was developed in consultation with the architects and acousticians involved with the construction of Nashville’s acclaimed Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Acousticians conducted extensive studies and developed a plan that eliminates ambient noise, expands the volume of space to optimal acoustic proportions for a large orchestra and chorus and creates optimal sound diffusion. At the same time, architects honored the historic integrity of the space, keeping the original choir loft and restoring the 55-rank Aeolian Skinner organ.
McAfee Concert Hall hosts both rehearsals and performances for the University’s classical choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, Chorale, the two hundred-voice Oratorio Chorus and the Nashville Children’s Choir.
Next door to the Inman Center is McWhorter Hall, another building instrumental in Belmont’s health science programs. The College of Pharmacy, the School of Physical Therapy and the Department of Psychological Sciences all call McWhorter home. Opened in 2010, the 90,000-square-foot building continues the innovation for which Belmont University has become known, containing top-notch laboratories for both student and faculty research. In addition, the facility emphasizes integrated, "hands on" experiential learning components through medical simulation spaces and a licensed, state-of-the-art pharmacy. The building also includes a four-level underground parking garage to provide additional spaces for Belmont's growing student body.
But even those who aren’t studying the health sciences may find themselves visiting this beautiful building from time to time. On the first floor of McWhorter Hall you’ll find our Student Health Services suite which provides care for common minor illnesses and injuries. The Health Services clinic also places significant emphasis on wellness and prevention, including allergy injections and vaccines. Next door to the clinic is the Belmont Pharmacy, which serves students’ prescription and over-the-counter needs while also offering professional counseling on the proper use of medications. The pharmacy also carries a wide array of other helpful products, including everything from smoking cessation aids to specialty skincare options.
Sport Science Center
The Department of Sport Science is located in the Sport Science Center, which sits next to the McAfee Concert Hall on the corner of Delmar Avenue and Belmont Blvd. The department is home to the graduate Master of Sport Administration program, as well as a major in exercise science and minors in both athletic training and nutrition. Sport science also provides courses to fulfill the wellness portion of the general education requirements for all students.
Belmont's elegant theater complex opened in 2007 and includes a 350-seat proscenium theater named for former Belmont President Bill Troutt and his wife Carole. Trout Theater provides state-of-the-art lighting and sound, as well as a stage equipped with 35 fly lines with a full package of stage drapes and moveable lighting electrics. Directly behind the stage house lies the Bill and Sharon Sheriff Scene Shop, a production and teaching facility for all of the stage sets, stage properties and stage lighting for all department of theatre and dance productions. Connected to the scene shop is the Black Box Theater, which is used for smaller, intimate productions involving flexible staging, unique audience seating and student-centered design opportunities. The entire facility also doubles as a classroom for acting, movement, diction and dance classes during the day.
Wilson Music Building
The Wilson Music Building houses the School of Music offices, classrooms, faculty teaching studios and rehearsal space for its diverse array of performing arts majors, including church music, commercial music, music education, musical theatre and music performance. Programs are offered for vocalists and instrumentalists and in a variety of music styles including classical, country and pop. The three-floor structure also houses practice rooms, a piano lab and two music technology labs. The entire building is acoustically sound and accessible between eight a.m. and midnight so students have flexibility in scheduling rehearsal times. The practice rooms, music technology and class piano labs are used by nearly seven hundred music students.
The Belmont Commons is a 30 townhouse complex housing 4 students per unit. The 120 residents of the Commons experience life as it will be off campus while still living under the auspices and direction of the Residence Life guidelines and staff. This off campus feel comes from the design of the apartments which each contain four private bedrooms, two and a half baths, a common living room, and a full kitchen. The Commons also has a unique feel because of its location three blocks off the main campus on Delmar Ave.
Bruin Hills became part of the Hillview community in the 1990’s when the University purchased the property and renovated it for student use. It has the feel of a smaller community, which makes it ideal for that first transition into apartment life.
Dickens Hall opened its doors in August 2012. It is named after the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Marty Dickens and his wife Betty. This building is a new hybrid of apartment style and traditional hall style. Dickens Hall houses 300 residents and has been designated for the rising sophomore class.
Hail Hall is the smallest residence hall and houses approximately 77 residents. This three-story hall is home to freshmen women. Hail is known for its family-like atmosphere and its constantly occupied lobby. Other attractions to Hail residents on the first floor are a lobby with a television, where many residents find it enjoyable to spend time. Beside the lobby is a front desk as well as the Residence Director office.
Heron Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus and one of the three residence halls composing the North Lawn Community. Heron was named in honor of Susan Heron who, along with Ida Hood, established Belmont College. It is a four-story residence hall which houses 117 women. Those who enter Heron's lobby may find students playing board games, playing the hall's piano, or just hanging out.
The Hillside apartments are a traditional apartment style campus housing option located in the Hillview community. Hillside Phase I opened in Fall 1998, and Phase II opened in Fall 2002. Hillside housed upperclassman students and is a great place to learn how to transition into the real world after college. The Hillside is split into two sections Lower Hillside and Upper Hillside.
Horrell Hall opened in January 2013. It is named after the Horrell family, who have been long standing supporters of Belmont throughout it's history. Horrell Hall is the same apartment style as Dickens Hall and houses 200 upperclassmen residents.
Kennedy Hall is a Freshman residential facility in the South Village community, which opened in 2003. It houses approximately 250 residents and accommodates both male and female students and is gendered by floor wing.
Maddox Hall is a suite style residence hall for freshman males. Maddox is connected to Wright Hall and is part of the South Village community.
Patton Hall and Bear House
In fall 2010, Belmont opened two new, connected residence halls in the center of campus to provide a central living/learning location for incoming freshmen. The south end of the 103,000 square foot structure is named Patton Hall, in honor of longtime Belmont Trustee Carolyn Patton, a 1958 alumna. The north end is named Bear House, reflecting the site of a bear house that was located on Adelicia Acklen’s original property. This residential facility houses male and female residents on separate floors, and the rooms are suite style, double or triple occupancy.
Pembroke Hall is a traditional style residence hall for first-year men at Belmont University. Located on North Lawn, near the academic center of campus and the Belmont Mansion, Pembroke Hall is the fourth oldest building on Belmont’s campus, housing its first residents in 1913. Pembroke Hall is three stories tall and houses approximately 128 residents.
Potter Hall opened its doors in the fall of 2008 and is modeled after Kennedy and Thrailkill Halls. Rooms may be either double or triple occupancy. Currently Potter Hall has 250 residents, both male and female.
Thrailkill Hall opened its doors for the first time in 2006 to welcome upperclass students in the Hillview community. It provides living space for 322 students and on-campus parking garage with 400 spaces. The residence hall is named in honor of Belmont's past board chairman Larry Thrailkill and his wife, Jan. Thrailkill served on the university's Board of Trustees since 1980 and led the board as chairman during a period of rapid growth for the university.
Russell Hall (Previously Two Oaks Hall) opened in the fall of 2014 on the east side of 15th Avenue. Russell Hall opened in August 2014 and is home to 410 upperclassmen residents. The building features one wing of suite style rooms and one wing of apartment style rooms. The suite side is home to the GPS: Growth and Purpose for Students program.
Wright Hall is a traditional residence hall located in the South Village area of campus. It houses 198 freshman female students. The lobby of Wright hall is shared by Maddox hall and students from both buildings can be found hanging out there watching TV, studying, or talking.