Beloit College

Beloit College campus from above

“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.”

Colleges That Change Lives

Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
608.363.2500 / 800.9BELOIT (923-5648)
admissions@beloit.edu
www.beloit.edu
⋅ 1,275 students
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 15
⋅ Students come from 43 states, 40 countries, and the District of Columbia.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $53,348
⋅ Room, Board, and Fees: $9,688
⋅ 98% of enrolling students receive gift aid.
⋅ Average award: $27,000

Historic Middle College at the center of the Beloit campus

A Beloit student relaxing in his dorm room

A class studying outside in the Beloit College poetry garden

Students working in a classroom at Beloit College

Beloit College varsity football players on the field

Character
  • Beloit graduates are what the world needs now: People who are entrepreneurial, intellectually and professionally agile, and adept at seizing opportunities. People who are effective communicators, productive collaborators, creative problem-solvers. People who know how to build a future that works for everyone.
  • Our mission statement makes clear who we are and what we are committed to: “Beloit College engages the intelligence, imagination, and curiosity of its students, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility, and public contribution in a diverse society. Our emphasis on international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the integration of knowledge with experience, and close collaboration among peers, professors, and staff equips our students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully.”
  • We stand for the power of connection, compassion, and community.
  • We are innovative in our response to emerging needs. Recognizing the shifts in the world around us—and quickly adapting— drives and distinguishes Beloit.
  • The diverse city of Beloit (pop. 37,000) is located in south-central Wisconsin, 96 miles northwest of Chicago and an hour’s drive from Madison and Milwaukee. Built in part by families who arrived as part of the Great Migration, Beloit is also home to an international film festival, a renovated iron mill that houses a tech hub and business incubator, and over 200 businesses and organizations that welcome our students as interns, researchers, and volunteers.
  • Wisconsin’s oldest college, Beloit is an independent, four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences college chartered in 1846.

Worth Noting
  • Recent Accolades
    The college has received national attention and acclaim for its Beloit Action Plan, an innovative, student-centered, forward-looking response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The proactive plan includes our Advanced Mentoring Program, Career Channels Program, Midwest Flagship Match Tuition Program, The Beloit Promise (a comprehensive financial support program) and Beloit Mods Program (an innovative course structure designed to make it easier for students who may need to continue in virtual instruction).
  • Top Innovator
    Beloit placed 5th on U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 ranking of Most Innovative liberal arts schools on its Best Colleges list. The ranking highlights institutions that are taking bold steps to change their curriculum, campus life, facilities, and technology. Based strictly on peer review and nomination, the ranking identifies colleges the public should “watch” because of their cutting-edge approaches to education.
  • Value and Affordability
    Beloit College is committed to making our high-value education affordable for all students. We routinely rank among top schools for “Best Value,” due to our merit and need-based financial aid. Our Net Price Calculator can provide guidance on the aid available based on your family’s financial circumstances.
  • Study Abroad
    About 40% of Beloit students spend a semester studying abroad—in China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Senegal, or other countries. Visit www.beloit.edu/oie/offcampus/explore/for more information on international education.
  • Advanced Mentoring Program
    We’ve reimagined what mentoring looks like with our comprehensive support program. Within 72 hours of making a deposit, our Advanced Mentoring Program —AMP— pairs you with a faculty advisor who welcomes you into the community, shares helpful resources, and walks them through the process of registering for classes, for starters. Throughout the first two years at Beloit, AMP offers specialized classes, personalized guidance, and an advisory group that serves as a home base within the larger college community.
  • Career Channels
    Through Career Channels, students are connected to life after graduation. Inspired by our longstanding commitment to pragmatic education—and by our location on the banks of the Rock River—Career Channels offers a voluntary apprenticeship in a 21st century field, from health and healing to business and entrepreneurship. Students gain access to resources that expand and deepen their interests—internships and field experiences, alumni mentors and faculty advisors, on-campus events and off-campus opportunities. The result: A relevant, real-world college experience—and graduates who are confident, focused, and employable.
  • Career and Community Engagement Center
    Beloit College believes that the best education offers 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, Center staff guide students to internships, research opportunities, service in the community, and networks that blend their academic work with career goals. At Beloit, students build more than a transcript; they build a resume.
  • Entrepreneurship
    The Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education (CELEB) is a one-of-a-kind program you won’t find at any other undergraduate school. Housed off-campus in the heart of the city’s revitalized downtown district, its 18,000+ square feet are dedicated to music, art, digital media, prototyping, and traditional start-ups. The center is open to all students whether you already have an idea or are merely intrigued by the possibilities of self-employment. You’ll get resources, mentorship, and hands-on experience in accounting, marketing, development, and management—skills that entrepreneurs need and employers want. The experience will differentiate you from your peers.
  • The Powerhouse
    Beloit has become a powerhouse, literally and figuratively. The college recently converted a decommissioned power plant along the nearby Rock River into “The Powerhouse”—an example of our unconventional “let’s do something different” style. Designed by MacArthur Prize-winning architect Jeanne Gang and her Studio Gang firm, the building opened in winter 2020 as a state-of-the-art, sustainable student union, recreation center, and athletics facility for Beloit students, faculty, and staff.
  • Marjorie and James Sanger Center for the Sciences
    This Platinum-level LEED-certified, environmentally sustainable building houses seven departments on campus. The innovative design of classroom and laboratory spaces encourages interdisciplinary learning, critical for today’s science students to take a leadership role in 21st century science.
  • Hendricks Center for the Arts
    Located in downtown Beloit, just two blocks from campus, the Hendricks Center for the Arts is the centralized home of the college’s dance and music programs. A creatively adapted 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, and design and staging labs.
  • Wright Museum of Art and Logan Museum of Anthropology
    Unusual for a college of our size, we are home to two museums: the Wright Museum of Art and the Logan Museum of Anthropology, both teaching museums. The Wright Museum of Art provides the college and local community with diverse opportunities to appreciate, interact with, and understand the visual arts through exhibitions, collections, and programming. The Logan Museum of Anthropology engages the Beloit College community to learn about the world’s cultures, anthropology, and museology. Through its collections and programs, the museum fosters the integration of knowledge and experience to enrich learning.

Faculty & Academics
  • 88 full-time faculty
  • 95% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Poet Laureates, and internationally renowned human rights leaders. The Beloit Residencies program brings as many as seven distinguished scholars to campus each year to teach and work with students.
Areas of Study
Our offerings change as our innovative students and faculty develop new opportunities for interdisciplinary study within and across our Career Channels. We list a few here, but you’ll get a much fuller picture on our website.

African Studies
Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Anthropology
Art
– Studio art
Asian Studies
Biochemistry
Biology
– Biology
– Environmental Biology
Business and Economics
Chemistry
– Applied Chemistry
– Chemistry
– Environmental Chemistry
Chinese Language and Culture
Cognitive Science
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Critical Identity Studies
Dance and Theatre
Data Analytics & Science
– Data Analytics
– Data Science
Environmental
Economics and Business
– Business Economics
– Economics
– International Political Economy
– Quantitative Economics
Education and Youth studies
– Education and Youth Studies
– Wisconsin-approved programs for teacher certification/licensure; also art, drama, and foreign language (grades 1-12)
Engineering Program
English
– Creative Writing
– Literary Studies
Environmental studies
– Environmental Communication and Arts
– Environmental Justice and Citizenship
European Studies
French Language and Culture
Geology
– Environmental Geology
– Geology
Greek and Latin Studies
Health and Society
History
Interdisciplinary studies (self-designed)
International Relations
Japanese Language and Culture
Journalism
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Law and Justice
Mathematics
Media Studies
Medieval Studies
Museum Studies
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Russian Language and Culture
Russian Studies
Sociology
Spanish Language and Culture
Sociology
Theatre, and Dance

Pre-professional Tracks
– Engineering Programs (3-2 and 4-2)
– Health Professions Advising
– Pre-Law Preparation Advising

Campus Life
  • Beloit is a Midwestern campus with international flair; about 20% of students come from countries outside of the United States. Every year, all students share their experiences with international education during a day-long International Symposium.
  • On campus, there are more than 50 active student-run clubs and organizations, including intramural and club sports. Nearly 30% of the student body participates on one of Beloit’s 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams.
  • Riverside Park, located within easy walking distance of campus, offers 3.5 miles of paved trails along the banks of the Rock River, along with tennis courts, tandem bike rentals, and a lagoon perfect for paddle boating adventures.
  • 95% of students live on campus, either in residence halls, townhouse apartments, 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

18 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference:
Beloit College sponsors 19 intercollegiate varsity teams; 9 for men and 10 for women.

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

Life After College
  • 93% of our most recent grads were either employed, in graduate school, or engaged in volunteer or service opportunities within six months of graduation.
  • Beloit, Wisconsin, is a short distance from three major cities—Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago—where students frequently intern and land their first jobs. While Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota are the top three geographic destinations for Beloit grads, graduates of the class of 2017 took opportunities in 28 states and 19 countries. Non-U.S. destinations were the third most-popular destination for 2017 graduates.
  • To learn more about how Beloit students are putting the liberal arts into practice in preparation for their future, go to https://www.beloit.edu/academics/career-work-experience/.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Median ACT score (of 57submitters): 24
  • Median SAT scores (of 61 submitters): 620 (Verbal) / 590 (Math)
  • 69.1% come from public/charter high schools
  • 3,657 applications received; 2,267 accepted
  • Number of new first-year students: 249