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)
⋅ 1,300 students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 16
⋅ Students come from 44 states, 44 countries, and the District of Columbia.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $51,532
⋅ Room, Board, and Fees: $9,360
⋅ 98% of enrolling students receive gift aid.
⋅ Average award: $26,878

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

  • 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 rigorous yet flexible curriculum continues to prepare students to make a remarkable impact in the world. Graduates of Beloit possess a range of in-demand skills, including the ability to make connections across disciplines; lead others from diverse backgrounds; think critically and creatively; test, reflect, and communicate well; and extract meaning from information.
  • 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 Powerhouse
    The college is currently in the process of converting a decommissioned power plant along the nearby Rock River into “The Powerhouse.” Designed by MacArthur Prize winning architect Jeanne Gang and her Studio Gang firm, the Powerhouse building is scheduled to open in winter 2020 and will be 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 different 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.
  • 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 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 is committed to making our high value education affordable for students from all economic backgrounds. We routinely appear among top schools rated as a “Best Value,” due to our robust financial aid program of merit and need-based aid. Between 2017 and 2018, we jumped nearly 60 spots in our Washington Monthly ranking—going from #95 to #38— because of factors like our low net price. Our Net Price Calculator can provide guidance on the aid available based on your family’s circumstances.
  • About 40% 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, and other countries. Visit for more information on international education.
  • The Beloit Residencies program brings as many as seven distinguished scholars to campus each year to teach and work with students.

Faculty & Academics
  • 115 full-time faculty
  • 95% 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.
  • At Beloit, we’re all about practice. Our curriculum is focused around the application of what you’re learning. We want you to be prepared for a successful professional career.

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
– Environmental
– Molecular, cellular, and integrative

– Biological
– Chemistry
– Environmental

Classical civilization
– Classical philology
Cognitive science

Comparative literature
Computer science
Critical identity studies
Business economics
– Economics
– International political economy

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

Creative writing
– Literary studies

Environmental studies
– Environmental communication and arts
– Environmental justice and citizenship

Gender studies (see Critical identity studies)
– Environmental

Health and society
Interdisciplinary studies (self-designed)
International relations
Modern languages and literatures
Chinese language and culture
– French
– German studies (minor only)
– Japanese language and culture
– Modern languages
– Russian
– Spanish

Physics and astronomy
Political science
Religious studies

Theatre, dance, and media studies
– Dance
– Media studies
– Performance
– Production
Women’s studies (see Critical identity studies)

Preprofessional Programs
Environmental management and forestry program
Pre-engineering (3-2 and 4-2)Pre Engineering
Pre-law Pre Law
Pre-med Pre Med
Pre-health professions Pre health professions 

Teacher Certification (Wisconsin-approved programs)
Children and Schools (middle childhood/early adolescence, grades 1-8)
Adolescents and Schools (early adolescence/adolescence, grades 6-12)
Art Education (early childhood/adolescence, ages birth-21)

Beloit also offers programs leading to licensure in drama and foreign language education (early childhood/adolescence) through the adolescence and schools track.

Campus Life
  • Beloit is a Midwestern campus with international flair; 15% 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.
  • There are many ways to be active at Beloit. On campus, there are close to 60 active student-run clubs and organizations, including intramural and club sports. Nearly 30% of the student body participates on one of Beloit’s 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams. Riverside Park, located on the banks of the Rock River, is within walking distance of campus. Riverside has 3.5 miles of paved trails perfect for walking, running, or biking; the park also has tennis courts, tandem bike rentals, and a lagoon perfect for paddle boating adventures.
  • 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
  • 93% of our most recent grads were employed, in graduate school, or engaged in volunteer or service opportunities within 6 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

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Median ACT score (of 111 submitters): 24
  • Median SAT scores (of 114 submitters): 610 (Verbal) / 600 (Math)
  • 70.1% come from public/charter high schools
  • 4,239applications received; 2,369 accepted
  • Number of new first-year students: 266