Mackenzie Baker, a Sunrise Beach native, enrolled at Belmont University this semester as part of the university's largest class yet.

Mackenzie Baker, a Sunrise Beach native, enrolled at Belmont University this semester as part of the university's largest class yet.

The school kicked off the year with a record-breaking enrollment for the 17th consecutive year with a total of 8,080 students, nearly triple the enrollment in 2000. As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Belmont aims to hit 8,888 students by the Fall 2020 semester, providing more students than ever the opportunity to embrace the Belmont mission to "engage and transform the world."

Applications for freshman admissions for Fall 2017 saw a significant increase of 6.5 percent and resulted in an accomplished incoming freshman class of 1,623 students, the largest in University history. Belmont also continues to be among the top destinations for transfer students as 478 transfers joined the campus this fall. Graduate program applications attracted 659 new students to the University's master and doctoral programs, also an all-time record.

Belmont's student body currently consists of 6,569 undergraduate students and 1,511 pursuing graduate/professional paths.