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Foundations is the next step in preparing and equipping you to successfully transition to Belmont. This summer program focuses on your academic transition by providing academic planning, class registration, financial aid and many other sessions that will assist you in completing enrollment functions before you start the academic year.  Other sessions will help you begin to think about how you will engage in campus life and successfully navigate the collegiate environment.  Foundations is a two-day program for first year students and a one-day program for transfer students offered in June.  It has two distinct tracks – one for you and one for your parents.

Registration for Foundations

Students who have submitted an enrollment deposit to Belmont University will receive an email, in early March once registration has opened, from orientation@belmont.edu with instructions on how to register for Foundations. 

Students must submit their enrollment deposit before they can register for orientation.

Wait List
To maintain a quality experience for our new students each session is limited.  Registration is based on a first come, first registered system.  Once a session has reached its capacity the session will automatically close to new registrations. 

If you are unable to register for your preferred session please register for your next choice.  After registering for your next choice session you can email orientation@belmont.edu requesting to be put on the wait list. In your email please note your first and last name, your BUID, your preferred dates and the reason for the accommodation.

The waitlist is evaluated on a weekly basis beginning April 20, 2015 and all final decisions will be made by June 1, 2015.

2015 Foundations Sessions

Dates for the 2015 Foundations sessions are under review and will be released in the new year.  Foundations will be held in the last two weeks in June -- June 15-26.  Individual session dates will be released shortly and registration will open in early March.

Sessions on day 1 will begin in early morning.  Student activities go through the evening.  Parent activites end before dinner so that they can experience and explore Nashville culture with a evening out on the town.  Day 2 begins in the early morning and ends at approximately noon.  A full daily schedule for session will be released in late Spring.  

Packing List for Students

  • For all early arrivals, food will not be provided, so bring cash for food
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (casual)
  • Linens, pillows, towels, and toiletries for on-campus stay
  • AP/IB scores or dual enrollment transcripts (if applicable)
  • Health Form (due TBD)

Parking & Street Construction

There are several construction projects taking place this summer.  For Foundations, we request students and family members to approach campus from 12th Avenue, to Caldwell Avenue, to 15th Avenue, and turn on to campus to the Curb Parking Garage.  Click here for a map based on these directions.
  • Significant Congestion on 15th and Acklen Avenues—Work on both Acklen roundabouts (at 15th and in front of Baskin Garage) will increase in May, June and July, and numerous vendors and delivery vehicles will be in the area as the Wedgewood Academic Center comes to completion. In addition, 15th Avenue (between Acklen and Wedgewood only) will be limited to one-lane traffic (south from Wedgewood) during June and July. Traffic leaving the north side of campus will be directed down Acklen to 12th when exiting. All of this will cause significant congestion in that area.
  • Park in Curb Garage—Though the Baskin Garage will remain open, due to the significant road work and anticipated congestion, all employees, students and guests on campus this summer are strongly encouraged to park in the Curb Garage. Otherwise, if parking on the North end of campus, please anticipate experiencing frequent and sometimes lengthy delays.

Foundations for Parents

Foundations for parents runs concurrent with your student's orientation sessions. Parents have the opportunity to attend information sessions hosted by Residence Life, Student Financial Services, and numerous other campus offices. Further, parents will connect with other first year parents, faculty and key administrators through a variety of social and academic programs. 

We recognize that this is a transitional time for the entire family.  Whether this is your first student attending a higher education institution or your last we will work to support you and your student so that they will succeed at Belmont.


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you have additional questions please feel free to email orientation@belmont.edu or call the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at 615-460-6407.