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Belmont University sits on 75 historic acres two miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Tenn., a thriving metropolis known worldwide as Music City. In the mid-1800s, the land the university now occupies was known as Belle Monte, the Victorian home of one of Tennessee’s wealthiest couples, Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, but the property has been the site of higher education since the founding of the original Belmont College in 1890.

With more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. Along with a lengthy history of premier teaching, woven into the fabric of the Belmont experience is a strong commitment to providing a Christian community of learning and service. Through the efforts of students and faculty, Belmont touches lives in Nashville's urban communities through area tutoring and mentoring programs, charitable organizations and neighboring businesses as well as takes it talents to the world through a variety of overseas mission projects.

Continually reflecting its rich heritage, Belmont strives to be a place that enables students, faculty, staff and communities to achieve their greatest dreams, giving credence to its theme “from here to anywhere.”