Beloit College

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700 College Avenue

Beloit, WI 53511

Phone: (608) 363-2000
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#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Beloit College is a private institution that was founded in 1846. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 47 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Beloit College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 59. Its tuition and fees are $41,250 (2013-14).

Although the town of Beloit, Wisconsin, may be best known for having the world's largest can of chili, Wisconsin's oldest college also resides here. Beloit College, located 90 miles northwest of Chicago and about an hour south of Milwaukee, is nestled on a 40-acre, New England-style campus situated on river bluffs and surrounded by American Indian mounds. On campus, students have many opportunities to get involved in activities, with more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations and six fraternities and sororities. Beloit College competes in the Division III Midwest Conference and sponsors 19 intercollegiate varsity teams. Intramural, club and varsity sports are very popular at Beloit, with about 70 percent of students taking part in athletics. Nearly all students live on campus during their entire college career, but students have opportunities to travel away from the area. About half of all Beloit students study abroad in places such as Brazil, China, Germany and many other countries. Although this campus is located in the Midwest, Beloit's student population has an international flavor. About 10 percent of the students are from countries outside the United States and, each year, students have the opportunity to share their cultural experiences through an event called International Symposium, a day when classes are cancelled so everyone can attend the presentations.

Beloit College has a sense of humor when it comes to its incoming freshman class. Every August, the college releases the "Mindset List," which provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college that year. The list began as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, but it has since become a yearly tradition that has garnered considerable national attention. The school is also known for its success in sending students to post-graduate programs, ranking among the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the country for the number of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. Ultimate Frisbee is a favorite campus pastime, and the activity has landed 30 Beloit students in the record books for longest continual game by playing for more than 72 hours.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Beloit College offers students an education that is put into action. With extensive opportunities to study abroad, engage in internships and field terms, collaborate with professors, start businesses, form clubs, and play sports, students plunge into campus life, get their hands dirty, and emerge with the experiences and global knowledge to live meaningfully and productively in the 21st century. Since its founding over 165 years ago, Beloit's 1250 students--from nearly every state and over 40 foreign countries--are at home in the world of ideas and leave the college, able to make critical connections between thought and action. Beloit boasts two teaching museums (anthropology and art), a state-of-the-art science center, a newly renovated track and turf field at the stadium, and a lush, green campus reminiscent of its New England heritage. Ninety-four percent of students live on campus, creating a tight-knit community of creative, interesting, and engaged learners. Surprisingly, an education this rich in opportunity can be affordable. Over 90% of students are receiving financial aid with the average grant exceeding $22,000. A founding member of The Colleges That Change Lives, Beloit College continues to transform young adults into this nation's leaders in business, education, the for- and non-profit sectors, government, and global industries.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1846
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $102,691,918


Interested in applying to Beloit College? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.1 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.1%
Application deadline N/A
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Beloit College is 12:1, and the school has 75.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Beloit College include: Anthropology; Creative Writing; Psychology, General; Economics, General; and Science, Technology and Society. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Anthropology 8%
Creative Writing 7%
Psychology, General 7%
Economics, General 5%
Science, Technology and Society 5%

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Student Life

Beloit College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus. Beloit College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,359
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Beloit College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Beloit College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Beloit College, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Beloit College.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Beloit College, 67.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,784.

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Tuition and fees $41,250 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,256 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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