How to Apply
To apply for the Honors Program at Belmont University, please complete the supplemental Honors Program application found in the main admissions application for the university. You can find that application by clicking the "Apply to Belmont" link on the left side of the screen once you click here. The deadline for completion is December 1. If you have any questions about the application process, please browse the responses to Frequently Asked Questions or call Erin Ritter at (615) 460-6472.
The Honors Program receives over 700 applicants each year and selects 72 outstanding students for the entering class. The average ACT for the entering class is 31, but we admit students in the range of 27 and above on the ACT.
Here are the criteria used for Honors Admissions:
- ACT composite score of 30 (or SAT Critical Reading and Math composite of 1330)
- High school GPA or 3.75 or above
- Supplementary Essay in response to the prompt
What we look for in an Honors Student
Honors Program students assume leadership roles on campus, engage with service learning in the community, and become tutors and outstanding scholars in many departments. Belmont Honors students regularly serve as resident assistants, spiritual life assistants, and campus government offices such as the current and two past presidents of the Student Government Association. Honors students participate in the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium, departmental honor societies, and they get elected to Alpha Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Societies. Honors students work as ushers at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, engineers at Nashville studios and media outlets, performers at the Ryman Auditorium, and performers in and producers of events in the Massey Concert Hall, Troutt Theater and McAfee Concert Hall. They have won Fulbright Scholarships and have been admitted into some of the nation’s best graduate schools, medical schools, law schools, and professional programs.
The Honors faculty is privileged to work with the best students in the university. Our students are full of energy and ideas, they are highly motivated, and they want to make a difference in the world. They are fun to be around and they have a sense of humor when things do not always go perfectly. We have small classes that make it easy to get to know students as unique individuals. The Honors Program’s close-knit community adds a great deal to the overall Belmont experience. The most rewarding and encouraging thing about being in Honors is that students are guaranteed time with a cohort of fellow intelligent, engaged, active people. Students understand that having colleagues with whom to explore the depth and breadth of Nashville and the world makes life much happier and more meaningful. The students perform at a higher level because of their peer networks and colleagues.