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Interim Provost shares latest diversity, enrollment data in annual address

This year marks Belmont’s most diverse freshman class ever, comprised of 23.9% minority students.

That number stems from a record-breaking 1,948 first-year students.

In his address in the Massey Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, interim Provost Dr. David Gregory updated faculty on enrollment stats, campus growth and Belmont’s goals for 2030.

Recent data shows:

· Freshman applications are up 6%

· Transfer and graduate deposits are down a combined 23%

· Residence Hall capacity is up to just over 4,300 after the completion of Caldwell Hall, bringing Belmont’s dorm total to 16.

· Diversity within Belmont’s faculty rose slightly to 15.6%

Gregory also zeroed in on Belmont’s tuition prices, putting the cost of education into perspective.

“Our students borrow $120 million. I say that for us to be very mindful of. They’re paying the bill,” he said.

Tuition went up again this year – totaling an average of $16,000 per semester – but the increase rate is down slightly from last fall.

The total cost for attendance this academic year is $53,520 b[DR4] [SM5] efore aid.

Overall, Gregory’s presentation conveyed a tone of hope and echoed President Greg Jones’ plans for Belmont moving forward.

This article was written by Sarah Maninger

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