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Community Relations

Belmont's Office of Community Relations

The Office seeks to identify and cultivate alliances with neighborhoods, community groups, nonprofits and governmental authorities in Nashville to increase the effectiveness of Belmont’s outreach and service initiatives.

  • To sign up for monthly email updates from the Office of Community Relations, click here.
  • For a drafted version of Belmont's Institutional Overlay Master Development Plan, click here. Highlighted text is new, while the remainder of the document is original to the 2005 plan that remains in effect.

Office initiatives include:

The Belmont Engagement and Service Team: An effort to consistently improve the effectiveness of Belmont's engagement with the Nashville community by:

  • Sharing information, experiences and practices related to community engagement
  • Working as equal partners with community groups, partnerships and collaborations to improve community quality of life, while enhancing the Belmont student experience
  • Thinking strategically about community capacity building

The Neighborhood Advisory Group: The Belmont University Neighborhood Advisory Group was formally established by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 2005 as part of the passage of BL 2005-555, an ordinance establishing the Belmont University Institutional Overlay Zoning. The advisory group works with the neighborhood, Belmont University, and Metropolitan Planning staff on issues associated with implementing the institutional overlay and its’ associated Master Development Plan.

The membership of the Advisory Group was expanded in 2007 by action of Metro Government to further inform the operation and oversight of the Lease Agreement between Belmont University and the Metropolitan Department of Parks and Recreation. 


E.S. Rose Scholarships Deadline Extended

Because of COVID, application to Belmont for MNPS graduating seniors living in the 17th, 19th or parts of the 18th Metro Council districts who want to be considered for the four-year full-time  E.S. Rose Scholarships has been extended to December 15th.  Students only need to complete the application to Belmont or complete the Common application. It is not necessary for candidates to apply for the scholarships. However, students must also submit required school documents (official transcript and recommendation from counselor/school) by December 15th as well.

If you were unable to attend the November 19, 2020 Zoom Information Session with E.S. Rose Scholarship recipients and staff from the offices of Admissions, Student Financial Services, and Community Relations.  you may view the recording here. (Access Passcode: nn8u&@N1) 

Should you still have questions, please visit the and click on “Meet your Counselor”, then press “Prospective Freshmen”, click Tennessee on the map, then pick your school from the Nashville area schools list.  

More information on the E.S. Rose Scholarships can be found here.


Upcoming Activities

  • As in the fall, Belmont will implement a condensed semester model to minimize time needed to complete the term and discourage travel during the semester. There will be no breaks or holidays - classes will take place on all typically observed holidays. 
  • The first day of instructional classes for all undergraduate programs and for most graduate programs will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.  Some graduate classes and activities may commence earlier than January 13, 2021.  
  • Residence hall move-in for residential students will take place beginning on Sunday, January 10, 2021 and will extend through Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  
  • Final Exams are planned to begin on April 14, 2021. 
  • We anticipate that the Baccalaureate ceremony and our Graduation ceremonies will be held not earlier than Thursday April 22 and not later than Monday April 25, 2021 but final dates will depend on the progression of COVID-19 throughout the spring. 
  • You may view the entire Spring academic calendar here, though please note that the dates for Baccalaureate and Graduation, as indicated above, are tentative. 

Belmont looks forward to celebrating MLK WEEK. Learn more here.


Belmont Presidential Debate Essay Contest

In conjunction with the final Presidential Debate being hosted by Belmont University, middle school and high school students enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools were invited to enter the Presidential Debate Essay Contest. First place winning essays were published in the Tennessean, and winners were also invited to provide a video of themselves reading their essays or excerpts to share publicly. Winners also had the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Belmont Presidential Debate grounds, in addition to receiving monetary prizes.

See the Winners

Recent Activities:

 2020 Presidential Debate at Belmont Puts Best of University, Nashville on Worldwide Display

From intensive international media coverage to the indelible educational experiences given to hundreds of students, the impact of the Oct. 22, 2020 Presidential Debate at Belmont University will be felt for years to come. With compelling stories and numbers that show significant educational and economic impact, the Debate put the best of Belmont University and the city of Nashville on Worldwide Display.

You can read more about the event’s significance here.



Longtime Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher Announces May 2021 Retirement

Higher ed visionary will focus on priority projects for next seven months, will depart with University strategically poised for even brighter future.

To read more about Dr. Fisher’s announcement and his many accomplishments as Belmont’s president, read the full press release on the Belmont News website.

Read more by visiting Belmont News.