Beloit College

Beloit College students have a class on the campus lawn

“What Beloit turns out is a better, more effective person, and one who tends to go on getting better … [Beloit] outproduces very selective schools in graduates who make significant contributions and achievements.”

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Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
608.363.2500 / 800.9BELOIT (923-5648)
⋅ 1,300 students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 15
⋅ Students come from 46 states, 40 countries, and the District of Columbia.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $48,707
⋅ Room, Board, and Fees: $8,435
⋅ 98% of enrolling students receive gift aid.
⋅ Average award: $27,329

Beloit College science building's rooftop garden

Beloit College students play instruments together

Beloit College student performs a dance on the campus lawn

Beloit College students visit together in the science building

Beloit College varsity football team

  • Independent, four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences college; chartered in 1846, Beloit is Wisconsin’s oldest college.
  • Founded by Yale graduates to educate students for a rapidly changing world in the mid-19th century. Beloit’s flexible curriculum continues to support its mission: To provide a living and learning environment that cultivates students who are at home in the world of ideas, value learning for its own sake, and are ready for intelligent and responsible participation in the world.
  • Located in south-central Wisconsin, Beloit (pop. 36,000) is 90 miles northwest of Chicago and about an hour’s drive south of Madison, both easily and inexpensively reached by bus. Milwaukee is 70 miles northeast of Beloit.
  • Beloit’s 40-acre New England-style campus is situated on river bluffs, dotted with ancient North American Indian mounds, and adjacent to historic College Park, a residential neighborhood of Victorian homes.

Worth Noting
  • The Beloit College campus has been transformed by the LEED-certified, environmentally sustainable Center for the Sciences. The innovative design of classroom and laboratory space facilitates new approaches to teaching and encourages interdisciplinary learning, critical for today’s science students to take a leadership role in 21st century science.
  • The Liberal Arts in Practice Center
    Beloit College believes that the broadest — and best — education includes opportunities outside the classroom to test, integrate, and evaluate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Both a place and a cornerstone of the academic program, the Liberal Arts in Practice Center at Beloit guides students to internships, research opportunities, service in the community, and networks that mesh their academic work with career goals. At Beloit, students build more than a transcript; they build a resume.
  • Hendricks Center for the Arts
    Located in downtown Beloit, just two blocks from campus, the Hendricks Center for the Arts is the new, centralized home of the college’s dance and music programs. An innovative adaptation to the 48,000-square-foot historic building (once a post office, then the public library), the space includes an orchestral room, many practice rooms, four studio classrooms, a state-of-the-art film classroom, design and staging labs.
  • Value and Affordability
    Beloit College routinely appears among the top schools rated as a “Best Value” in higher education in Kiplinger’s and U.S. News. A robust financial aid program of both merit and need-based aid makes this high value education affordable. Visit Beloit’s “Net Price Calculator,” which will provide guidance on the aid available based on your family’s circumstances.
  • Nearly half of all Beloit students spend a semester studying abroad. Programs are available in China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, and other countries.
  • The Mackey Chair in Creative Writing brings some of America’s most notable writers to teach at Beloit each year, including Billy Collins, Pam Houston, Linda Gragorson, and Kevin Young.

Faculty & Academics
  • 115 full-time faculty
  • 98% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • The Advising Practicum, a full-day series of workshops and discussions held every semester before advising week, exemplifies the central role that advising plays in a Beloit education. The Practicum is designed to help students develop an academic plan tailored to the student’s particular goals and interests, and to be prepared to take advantage of the many resources available.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Art and art history
   Art history
Studio art

   Ecology, evolution, and behavioral
Molecular, cellular and integrative


   Classical civilization
Classical philology

Comparative literature
Computer science
Critical Identity Studies
   Business economics
International political economy

Education and youth studies
   Children and schools
Adolescents and schools
Youth and society

   Creative writing
Literary studies

Environmental Studies
Gender Studies (see Critical Identity Studies)

Health and Society
Interdisciplinary studies
International relations
Modern languages and literatures
   Chinese language and culture
Japanese language and culture
Modern languages

Philosophy and religious studies
Religious studies

Policical science
Science for elementary teaching
Theatre, dance, and media studies
Media studies
Women’s Studies (see Critical Identity Studies)

Preprofessional Programs
Environmental management and forestry
Pre-Engineering Pre Engineering
Pre-Law Pre Law
Pre-Med Pre Med

Teacher Certification (Wisconsin-approved programs)
Children and Schools (grades 1-8)
Adolescents and Schools (grades 6-12)
Art Education (ages birth-21)

Beloit also offers programs leading to licensure in drama and foreign language education and a program leading to a coaching certificate for students pursuing licensure at all levels.

Campus Life
  • Beloit is a Midwestern campus with international flair; 13% of the student body come from countries outside of the United States. Every year, all students share their experiences with international education during a day-long International Symposium.
  • Students are engaged in all aspects of life at Beloit: 70% participate in intramural, club, or NCAA Division III varsity sports programs, and nearly 100 student-run clubs and organizations are active on campus.
  • 95% of students live on campus, either in residence halls, special interest houses, or sorority and fraternity houses.
  • Frisbee golf is a favorite campus pastime. The course winds in and out of century-old trees, stretches the entire length of the 40-acre campus, and is open year-round.

Varsity Sports

19 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference:

  • Baseball (Men)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football (Men)
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis (Women)
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Nearly three-quarters of Beloit College alumni have earned an advanced degree within ten years of graduation. Beloit ranks 31st among baccalaureate degree-granting institutions in the production of Ph.D.s in science and engineering, and 11th among the nation’s most selective liberal arts colleges in the proportion of alumni who complete a Ph.D. program. More anthropology Ph.D.s earned their undergraduate degree at Beloit than any other liberal arts college in the country. In preparation for life after Beloit, over 60% of Beloit students have at least one internship before graduating and 25% of those students said it led to their first job.
  • Most importantly, Beloit alumni have gone on to live lives of purposeful consequence and their experience as students helped shape their path. To learn more about how Beloit students are putting the liberal arts into practice in preparation for their future, go to

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Median ACT score: 27
  • Median SAT scores: 620 (Verbal) / 630 (Math)
  • 66% come from public/charter high schools
  • 3,906 applications received; 2,682 accepted
  • Number of new first-year students: 382