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How to Apply

Adult Degree Students

The Application Process

The admission decision process for the Adult Degree Program is different from what someone might experience right out of high school.

Even if you struggled academically when you first attended college, the Belmont Admissions Committee looks at more than just your academic history. We also consider your professional experience and personal accomplishments as we review your application materials.

Adult Degree Application Deadlines

Term Semester Start Application Deadline
Summer 2024 June 3, 2024 May 1, 2024
Fall 2024 August 21, 2024 August 1, 2024
Spring 2025 January 8, 2025 December 1, 2024

Application Checklist

Complete the online application for admission by the deadline for the term you are applying for and submit the non-refundable application fee of $35.

Make sure you select the Adult Learner Application. You can complete your application now or return later to finish. We'll save your information so you can pick up where you left off.

Applicants should be 24 years or older. However, exceptions for those under the age of 24 might include evidence of two years or more of military service, marriage or having a family of your own.

Belmont Online Application

Depending on how many college courses you may have already taken, we require official transcripts to be submitted. You can use the guidelines listed below.

Applicants 24 hours or more of transferable college credit:

We’ll need an official college transcript from each institution you’ve attended. Have your college’s Registrar’s Office send original documents, in a sealed envelope, directly to Belmont University's Office of Admissions:

Belmont University
Adult Degree Program Admissions
c/o Michael Waters
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

We also accept electronic transcripts through secure sites such as: Parchment

Applicants with no college credit or less than 24 hours of transferable college credit:

If you’ve earned fewer than 24 college-level credits, have your high school send us your official high school transcript. We’ll need original documents.

Your official transcript needs to arrive at our Belmont University’s Office of Admissions unopened and have:

  • Your date of graduation
  • School's official signature
  • Seal affixed to the envelope

If you didn't complete high school, but took the GED or HiSet instead, submit an official copy of your test results to show you passed. Belmont accepts HiSET scores of 15 out of 20 on sub-scores and a minimum of 4/6 on the essay. 

High School Transcripts and GED/HiSet test results can be sent to:

Belmont University
Adult Degree Program Admissions
c/o Michael Waters
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

We also accept electronic transcripts through secure sites such as: Parchment

Email the confidential recommendation form from within the online application process to someone who knows you well (i.e. a professor/advisor from the most recent school you attended, an employer or your pastor), but not a relative. The person will submit the form online.

Submit a personal essay through the online application process (maximum of two pages typewritten) describing how the program will assist you in your personal and/or professional aspirations.

If you are an international student, you’ll have additional application requirements. An international student is based on citizenship. A student is considered international if they are not a U.S. citizen or if they do not have permanent resident status.

Learn more about international applicant requirements

What's Next?

  • Admissions Committee Review: When all of your materials have been received in Belmont University's Office of Admissions, the Admissions Committee will review your materials, make a decision, and send you a letter regarding your status.
  • Application Status: If you have applied to the Adult Degree Program, you can check the status of your application by logging in to your BU4U account or by contacting  Michael Waters.
  • Admittance to Belmont: If you are admitted to Belmont, you will be contacted by one of our advisors via the email address you listed on your application to welcome you to the program and discuss the classes you will be taking.