We continue our Southern Colleges feature weeks this week with Belmont University — one of the South’s most beloved private universities, located in Tennessee. Known for its music program, which is no surprise being located in Nashville, Belmont can boast Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack, Kimberley Locke, Steven Curtis Chapman and many others among its alums. And they don’t just turn out musicians, but the all important executives, lawyers, producers and the like that bring us the music we love. Belmont is home to the only AACSB accredited program in the world for Music Business. Belmont even houses three professional-quality recording studios on campus and operates the RCA Studio B, which has been used by Elvis, Roy, and Dolly (you know the ones).
You might recognize two of campuses more famous buildings — the historic Belmont Mansion, or the Curb Event Center, where recent CMT Awards have taken place. Mike Curb, of Curb Records, is a prominent donor to the school.
But Belmont also houses 75 other academic majors, who go on to be some of the best in their fields. Their athletic program has gained recent attention, almost pulling of a 2008 upset against the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. And U.S. News and World report recently cited Belmont as one of their “Schools to Watch.”
Yes, the South has their eye on Belmont. Let’s hear it for the Red and Blue!