From the School

Beloit College is a four-year, independent, national college of liberal arts and sciences where the focus is great teaching grounded in rigorous study that encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors.

The college is a dynamic and uncommonly diverse community where cliques, stereotypes, and exclusivity are left behind and the flexible curriculum is interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope. Beloit is a residential college whose 1,300 students come from nearly every state and over 40 countries. With an incredible breath of opportunities, modern facilities, an award winning faculty, and creative, motivated students, Beloit has been named to the Business 50, International 50, and Science 50 (only 21 colleges, including Beloit, appear on all three lists). Founded in 1846 to serve a frontier society, Beloit is Wisconsin's first college.

Overview

Applicants
2,253
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 710
SAT Math
540 - 660
ACT Composite
24 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

From The School

Beloit students learn by doing; the college provides international study opportunities to its students, ranging from technical/production work with the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis to archaeological excavations in Lubeck, Germany. There are a variety of programs that supplement the academic curriculum. First-Year Initiatives links each student with an experienced professor and a group of peers in an interdisciplinary seminar to investigate the nature of learning. The Sophomore-Year Program offers students multiple experiences to explore diverse topics, possible majors, and to develop a comprehensive academic plan. The Center for Language Studies offers intensive summer language instruction in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic. The International Education Program is dedicated to getting Beloit students abroad and nearly half of all students do. The anthropology field training program takes students to excavation sites from Colorado to Chile, and geology field expeditions include trips to Iceland, New Zealand, and Scotland. Further experiential opportunities exist through Beloit's memberships in the Keck Consortium in Geology, and the Pew Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium. Each spring students present their own research at the Student Symposium and the fall International Symposium Day is a forum for research that students have conducted abroad. Beloit students sit on the editorial board of the acclaimed Beloit Fiction Journal. The Lois Wilson Mackey '45 Chair of Creative Writing brings a well-known writer to campus to conduct a semester writing workshop, including Billy Collins, Bei Dao, Amy Hempel, Denise Levertov, Peter Matthiessen, William Least-Heat Moon, and Robert Stone. Funding for entrepreneurial or academic projects by first-year students is provided through the Venture Grant program. The Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB) serves as an incubator for student ventures in a variety of fields, with special emphasis on entrepreneurship in the fine arts.

Students Say

Beloit College is a small, liberal arts institution with “phenomenal academics” where “people are committed to their work out of passion, not out of pressure.” As one student notes, “It’s more about the community than competitiveness.” Another says, “I was most impressed by an emphasis on actual learning as opposed to stiff competition or an exclusive focus on getting grades.” A “vibrant, interesting, idiosyncratic place,” where “every person is full of little surprises,” the school promotes interdisciplinary learning and practical experience. “Education becomes a collaborative and collective experience here.” Beloit attempts to “strike an optimal balance between freedom and guidance.” Students can create a path that works best for them, as there is “flexibility in everything from class schedules to meal plans. You can customize your experience at Beloit to fit your needs.” This creativity also applies to the actual educational process, since “you can learn in whatever way is best for you; teachers mold their lessons to the needs of the students.” At the same time, “professors here aren’t going to stand up there and feed you information.” Interactivity is encouraged, and Beloit’s intimate class sizes “usually have a good discussion portion for students to think critically and develop their own ideas.” “Professors have lectures, but they really want the students to lead conversations.” The ability to work closely with professors is highly prized at Beloit. As one student enthuses, “the personal attention has helped me to ‘come out of my shell’ and become a confident member of our academic community.” Beloit provides excellent support services outside of the classroom as well; “our Liberal Arts in Practice Center and the Office of International Education are great at providing information and support for internships, volunteer opportunities, and study abroad.” “My academic experience has been exploratory and invaluable.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
137
with Terminal Degree
119

73
Women
64
Men
17
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michael Koss
President and CEO, Koss International (headphones)

Henry Schimberg
President and CEO, Coca Cola Bottling

Roy Chapman Andrews (1906)
Explorer, former Dir. of American Museum of Natural History

Jim Zwerg
Civil rights demonstator, Freedom Rider in the segregated South

James Duffy
Former president of ABC Television

John Pasquin
TV and Film Director

Robert Strong
Former Ambassador to Iraq

Overview

From The School

Costs for the 2009-2010 academic year are as follows:
Tuition and fees: $33,418
Room: $3,348
Board: $3,482
Total: $40,248

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
87
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bang For Your Buck

Beloit takes a well-rounded approach to the admission process. The college works diligently to assess the students’ total background. While most weight is given to a candidate’s secondary school transcript, which is evaluated not only for grades but also for academic rigor, significant attention is also paid to essays and recommendations. Counselors strive to find students who not only demonstrate success in the classroom but also display strong character and leadership skills. An advisor says that “This allows Beloit students to explore social, academic, and occupational aspects of life in an experimental, hands-on manner and provides equal opportunities for all disciplines.” An undergraduate adds, “Beloit is about classes which teach the student to look at topics in a broad sense and is also a school that shows kids how to prepare for their future.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,727

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,401

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,590

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,306

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,925

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,220
Required Fees
$280
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Beloit students are eclectic, defy definition, and place a premium on individual expression. The range of their extracurricular activities reflects a spectrum of their interests and involvement. Beloit students serve on college governance committees, establish their own organizations, oversee the weekly Cafe Series, and have their own radio and cable TV shows, for example. The college has over 100 different clubs and activities, and each year a variety of performers and lecturers chosen by a student-faculty committee come to enrich Beloit's programming. As an NCAA Division III school, Beloit offers numerous varsity and club sports. Men's varsity sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track. Women's varsity sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Intramural and club sports include basketball, fencing, flag football, floor hockey, indoor soccer, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rowing, Frisbee golf, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, walleyball, water polo, rock climbing, scuba, ski/snowboarding, and triathalon.

Students Say

According to one undergraduate, “The student body is definitely not homogeneous, save for the liberal bent.” Another likes that “at Beloit you are respected for your individuality and your contribution to the community.” Beloiters “come in all races, nationalities, social classes, religions, sexual orientations, body types, and hair colors (including pink and blue).” “Our director of spiritual life has made a large impact on incorporating and talking about faith, religion, and spirituality.” “The student body has become increasingly more accepting.” The social environment is “low-pressure,” and being “genuine” is important here. “The best way to fit in is to be yourself; students here do not go for fakes.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,306
Out of State
81%

International
10%
Foreign Countries Represented
36

Demographics

2.11%
Asian
4.90%
African-American
8.78%
Hispanic
78.38%
Caucasian
2.11%
Unknown
10.05%
International

59% female
41% male
81% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

From The School

Beloit's 40-acre campus is located on the Wisconsin-Illinois state line 90 miles northwest of Chicago, 50 miles south of Madison, and 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee in a small city about which noted anthropologist Margaret Mead said "[This is] American Society in a microcosm." Students take advantage of the varied resources offered by the three major metropolitan areas, as well as those offered by the city itself. Beloit's hospital, clinics, industry, and various civic and service organizations provide numerous internship, job shadowing, enrichment, and community outreach opportunities. The academic buildings of Beloit cluster around lawns dotted with ancient Indian burial mounds, while across the campus residence halls form a community of their own. A 25-acre athletic field and recently renovated Strong Memorial Stadium are located a few blocks east of the main campus.

Students Say

“Beloit College graciously takes the stance that its students are adults,” and this is evident in their alcohol “philosophy,” as well as the setup of residential living. “Many people do look out for each other and tend to be fairly responsible.” Students mention that “you are responsible for yourself, and the school is there to help you when you need it,” although the alcohol policy at Beloit “has definitely gotten stricter in recent years.” Undergrads looking for alternative entertainment need not venture far. Dance parties are prevalent, and “the most popular ones are at Greek houses.” “Student Activities hosts shuttles to the movies on Friday nights and to restaurants on Sundays,” and “Our Programming Board does an excellent job bringing entertainment to campus.” There are frequent lectures from visiting speakers, and two museums. Students enjoy “going to see Voodoo Barbie, our outrageously hilarious improv group,” and “events like Folk N’ Blues Festival and Apple Day are looked forward to all year.” The on-campus bar C-Haus is “always a good place to catch great live music, have a beer, play some pool, or grab some late night snacks.” The campus has good proximity to outlying Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee, and “the parks and forests surrounding Beloit are very nice.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
73

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Diane Arnzen

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: within three years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
112
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
3

24% join a fraternity
22% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Buccaneers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Buccaneers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability

Beloit College is certainly a leader within the sustainability movement And the school’s commitment to going green has never been stronger. For starters, Beloit operates the Sustainability Project Fund, which provides initial capital to environmentally friendly ventures. The proposed projects must also generate income or savings, a portion of which is then used to repay the original loan. The Fund allows students and faculty to implement policies and programs, which would otherwise be prohibited due to cost. Of course, the institution as a whole is also making an effort to be environmentally friendly. For example, several years ago the dining halls decided to go tray-less. This has resulted in a 35 percent reduction in waste. Additionally, they use locally sourced food and produce from the college vegetable garden whenever possible. Even better, two of the campus dining options have made the jump to biodegradable plates and utensils. Fortunately, there’s also plenty of action taking place beyond the kitchen. The new Science Center is LEED Platinum-certified, an honor bestowed upon only two other buildings in the state of Wisconsin. Further, any new campus landscaping is designed to emphasize local and historical ecosystems. The college uses vegetated low spots, called bioswales, to collect and retain storm-water runoff. Moreover, housekeepers are given environmentally friendly products to use. Finally, Beloit is extremely proud of its healthy and effective recycling program. Students and faculty alike have managed to recycle 76 tons of material (including paper, plastic, cans and glass). And an amazing 32 tons of yard waste was composted. These Buccaneers deserve a round of applause!

Green Rating
89
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
19

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14.6

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Most recently, Apple and Dell.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tammy Russell
Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511

Phone
608-363-2500

Email
visit@beloit.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Logan Museum of Anthropology
Wright Museum of Art
Center for the Sciences
Hendricks Center for the Performing Arts
Laura H. Idrich Neese Theatre Complex
Other popular spaces include the Poetry Garden, the Java Joint, Morse Library, the Sports Center, Pearsons Hall, and Strong Stadium.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bushel and Pecks Local Market
Downtown Farmer's Market
Riverside Park
Telfer Park and The Snappers (minor league basebal
Downtown Beloit is within easy walking distance of the college and hosts growing and vibrant local establishments including the college's Hendricks Center for the Performing Arts, bookstore, and center for entrepreneurship; a bagel/coffee house; and several restaurants.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-4:30pm
608-363-2500

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
www.beloit.edu/openhouse

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@beloit.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
HS seniors;2-night maximum stay; available only Sun-Thurs nights Sept-April

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is 75 miles from campus; the Van Galder Bus Company (608-752-5407 or http://www.vangalderbus.com/) runs hourly shuttles from the airport to Beloit. Bus directions are available at the provided URL.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-43, I-90, US Rtes. 14 and 51, and Rtes. 2, 75, 81, and 251 lead to Beloit. Signs posted on all major highways through the town will direct visitors to campus.

Local Accommodations
The College has 3 guest apartments on campus in a historic home. All the apartments have kitchens, although you may also use dining facilities on campus. The price is incredibly inexpensive. Call the Admissions Office at 800-356-0751 or 608-363-2500 to check on availability. Within walking distance of campus is The Ironworks IHotel (500 Pleasant St.; 608-362-5500). Amenities include newspaper, executive fitness center, limo and airport pick-up service, business center, laundry/dry cleaning pick up and delivery, on-site wine storage, personal cigar humidor in the lounge, and meeting and catering services. Also, several hotels are within 2 to 3 miles from campus. A full-service Holiday Inn (200 Dearborn St.; 815-389-3481) offers special rates to visitors of the College, Hampton Inn (2700 Cranston Rd.; 608-362-6000) and the Holiday Inn Express (2790 Milwaukee Rd.; 608-365-6000). For other lodging options, call the Admissions Office at 800-923-5648 or go to the Visit Beloit website at www.visitbeloit.com/.
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Key Stats

2,253
Applicants
1,306
Size
68%
Acceptance Rate
1230
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists