Beloit College
Year established: 1846
Type of school: college, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate
Religious affiliation: no
Campus enrollment: 1,385 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, became coeducational in 1895
Location description: in or near a small/medium city (pop. 75,000-300,000)
Application fee: $35

Street address: Beloit College
700 College Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
Mailing address: Beloit College
700 College Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
Main telephone numbers: 608 363-2000
608 363-2718 (fax)

Beloit College
Main homepage:
Campus map:

SAT number: 1059
ACT number: 4564
FAFSA number: 003835
FICE number: 3835
CSS/PROFILE number: 1059

Founded in 1846 to serve a frontier society, Beloit College is Wisconsin's first college. 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 (pop. 36,000) that noted anthropologist Margaret Mead once called

The admissions information below is valid for the 2008-09 academic year.

Beloit College
Admissions officer: Jim Zielinski,
Vice President for Enrollment Services
Contacting the office: 608 363-2500
800 356-0751 (toll free)
608 363-2075 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? yes
Priority filing date for fall: January 15
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 1%
Application fee: $35
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
Admissions requirements:
Rank in top half of secondary school class recommended; minimum 2.5 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative, can be arranged with alumni representative
Visit for interview by: March 15
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT required, SAT II considered if submitted
School's test preference: no preference
Dates test scores should be received: February 1 for SAT I/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 recommended
Foreign language: 3 recommended
History: 2 recommended
Lab: 3 recommended
Math: 4 recommended
Science: 1 recommended
Social studies: 2 recommended
Total: 16 required, 20 recommended
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: yes
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations very important
  • standardized test scores important
  • essay very important
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities considered
  • alumni/ae relationship considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.5
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 71%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 31%
Top quarter: 64%
Top half: 92%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 71%
Average SAT I: 670 verbal, 650 math, 1320 combined
Combined SAT I middle 50% range: 1210 - 1380
Average ACT: 27 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 25 - 29
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 70%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 55%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis, Early Action - January 15
Regular Plan - February 1-April 1
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1

Number of completed applications received: 2,157
Number of applicants offered admission: 1,304 (60%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 329 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy: yes
Number of students put on waiting list: 99
Number accepting place on waiting list: 31 (31%)
Number of those on waiting list who were enrolled: 7 (23%)
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 77%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 81%
Tuition deposit amount: $200, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 12 Months

Semester/term begin dates: in late August and mid-January.
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August.

Majors with the highest enrollment: anthropology, economics/management, history
Majors with the lowest enrollment: French, education studies, German
Average freshman GPA: 3.05 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 90%
Student:Faculty ratio: 11:1
Total faculty: 70 men, 57 women, 127 total
Full-time faculty: 59 men, 44 women, 103 total
Part-time faculty: 11 men, 13 women, 24 total
Graduation rate: 72% within six years

Beloit College
General education/core curriculum is required: no
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: no

Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, independent study, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in african studies, american studies, ancient Mediterranean studies, anthropology, asian studies, biology and society, chemistry, computer science, English, environmental studies, European studies, geology, health care studies, integrative biology, interdisciplinary studies, international economics, journalism, Latin american and Caribbean studies, legal studies, linguistics, management, mathematics, museum studies, music, performing arts, philosophy, philosophy and religious studies, physics, political economy, political science, religious studies, Russian studies, and women's and gender studies.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry
Education certifications:
elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative education programs:
engineering, health professions, -3/2 and 4/2 Engineering Programs
-Environmental Management and Forestry
-Beloit College-Rush University GEM (Generalist Entry Masters) in Nursing Program
Combined 3-2 programs available:
3-2 forestry/environmental studies program with Duke U. 3-2 engineering programs with Columbia U, Georgia Tech, U of Illinois, Iowa St U, U of Michigan, Northwestern U, Purdue U, Rensselaer Polytech Inst, and Washington U--St. Louis. 4-2 engineering program with Columbia U.
Graduate schools/programs are offered: no
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: no
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs: Washington Semester (American University)
Schools with which domestic exchange programs are offered: Exchange programs with U of Chicago, Morehouse Coll, Northland Coll, Spelman Coll.
Study abroad opportunities:
Exchange programs abroad in China (Fudan U), Hungary (Jozsef Eotvos Kollegium), Indonesia (Tas Satya Wacana U), and Japan (Kansai Gaidai U), and with over 25 universities in the former Soviet Republics. Study abroad also in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Scotland, Thailand, Vietnam, the former Yugoslav Republics, Zimbabwe, and many other countries.
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Anthropology
  • Architectural/Engineering Technology
  • Art History
  • Behavioral Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classical Philology
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Economics/Management
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • French
  • Geology/Environmental Science
  • German
  • Government
  • Health Care Administration
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Literary Studies
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Biology
  • Modern Languages/Literature
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music Education
  • Organismal Biology
  • Paralegal
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Renewable Resources
  • Rhetoric/Discourse
  • Russian
  • Science for Elementary Teachers
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women's Studies

Credit placement options:
  • credit and/or placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 4 or higher)
  • neither credit nor placement for CLEP general
  • neither credit nor placement for CLEP subject
  • neither credit nor placement for Regents College Exams (RCE)
  • neither credit nor placement for ACT PEP
  • placement for DANTES
  • neither credit nor placement for school's own challenge exams
  • credit for relevant military experience
  • neither credit nor placement for relevant life experience
  • credit for international baccalaureate
Restrictions on CEEB Advanced Placement options:
maximum of acceptable scores may vary through advance placement examinations.
Other credit/placement programs:
Credit for each passing grade on GCE advanced-level exam. Credit for 4-7 on higher-level IB exams; 6-7 on standard-level IB exams.

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2008-09 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Jon Urish,
Coordinator of First-Year Fin. Aid/Sr. Assoc. Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 608 363-2500
608 363-2075 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003835
CSS/PROFILE number: 1059

Undergraduate tuition: $31,310; $31,310 out-of-state
Comprehensive tuition/room/board fees: $38,236
Tuition notes: comprehensive tuition/room/board fees, in-state tuition based on per credit hour, out-of-state tuition based on per credit hour
Additional required fees: $230
Book fees: $500
Miscellaneous expenses: $900
Other expenses: Travel, warm clothing, personal and miscellaneous expenses
Combined room and board expenses: $6,696 - $6,696


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 1noMarch 1
Institution's own financial aid formMarch 1yesN/A
State Aid FormMarch 1noN/A

Applied for financial aid:
95% of first-year students
94% of full-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
85% of first-year students
82% of full-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
98% of first-year students
99% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
92% of first-year students
96% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
65% of first-year students
55% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
100% for first-year students
100% for full-time undergraduates
0% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$18,593 for first-year students
$19,108 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$15,676 for first-year students
$14,736 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$3,482 for first-year students
$4,694 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$4,420 for first-year students
$5,872 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
12% of first-year students
14% of full-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$14,025 for first-year students
$13,410 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 85%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • College/University Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 62%
Average student debt upon graduation: $20,339
Types of payment plans:
  • Tuition Management Systems
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 571 men, 814 women, 1,385 total
Full-time undergraduates: 551 men, 779 women, 1,330 total
Part-time undergraduates: 20 men, 35 women, 55 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 20
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 80%
First-year student breakdown:
3.4% Black (non-Hispanic)
1.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
4.6% Asian or Pacific Islander
2.5% Hispanic
85.0% White (non-Hispanic)
3.1% total international (nonresident aliens)
0.3% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
2.8% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.7% American Indian or Alaskan Native
3.5% Asian or Pacific Islander
1.9% Hispanic
85.4% White (non-Hispanic)
5.2% total international (nonresident aliens)
0.4% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 40 acres
City or town school is located in: Beloit
Population of city/town: 35,000
Nearest major city: Madison
Distance of nearest major city: 50 miles
Population of nearest major city: 411,000
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (70%)
  • women's dorms (4%)
  • sorority housing (2%)
  • fraternity housing (7%)
  • single-student apartments (6%)
  • other housing including Language and Special Interest Housing (11%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 100%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 93%
Percent of students who live off campus: 7%
Students required to live on campus: All freshmen and sophomores must live on campus.
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 25%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 250
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
Archives. Special collections. Digital/analog video and sound editing equipment/software. Federal government document repository.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Art/business gallery, art museum, anthropology museum, center for entreprenuership and liberal education, center for language study, student run market research company, observatory, TV studio.

Remedial learning services:
study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, health service, women's center, day care
Counseling services:
minority student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special housing, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 75%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 3
Number of fraternities that have chapter houses: 3
Percent of men who join fraternities: 15%
Number of social sororities on campus: 3
Number of sororities that have chapter houses: 2
Percent of women who join sororities: 5%
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station, television station
School newspaper(s): The Roundtable (weekly)
Total number of registered organizations: 60
Campus-based religious organizations:
Chevrah, Hebrew club, Am Yisrael (Jewish culture club), Christian Fellowship, Society of Friends group, other religious groups
Minority student organizations:
Black Students United, Voices Latinos, International Club
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
musical and drama groups, pep band, Kazoo Band, science fiction society, college bowl team, conservation club, geology club, team managers, volunteer connection, Amnesty International, Model UN, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, gay/lesbian/bisexual group, special-interest groups

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Kim Chandler,
Athletic Director
Director of women's athletics: Michelle Broderick
School mascot: Buccaneers
Athletic conference memberships: Midwest Conference (Division III)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballno 
Men's basketballno 
Men's cross-countryno 
Men's footballno 
Men's golfno 
Men's soccerno 
Men's swimmingno 
Men's tennisno 
Men's track and field (indoor)no 
Men's track and field (outdoor)no 
Women's basketballno 
Women's cross-countryno 
Women's golfno 
Women's soccerno 
Women's softballno 
Women's swimmingno 
Women's tennisno 
Women's track and field (indoor)no 
Women's track and field (outdoor)no 
Women's volleyballno 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 30%

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Chicago (70 miles)
Nearest other airport: Milwaukee (70 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Chicago (70 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Beloit (1 mile)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 69%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 9% immediately, 20% within one year of graduation, 75% within 10 years of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
Washington University, Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Columbia University, University of California, University of Michigan
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 46% within one year of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US Government, Kemper Insurance, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Smithsonian Institute
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Roy Chapman Andrews, Director of the American Museum of Natural History, inspiration for Indiana Jones
  • Stephen Hall, premier journalist on contemporary issues in science
  • Dr. Robert Nowinski, developer of the first HIV vaccine

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2005 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 100
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 46 (46%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 28 (61%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 11%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, spring
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript recommended of some
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement required of all
  • interview recommended of all
  • standardized test scores recommended of all
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) required of all
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 3.00 using a 4.0 scale
Priority filing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Closing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 60 credits from a two-year institution, 60 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 64 to receive a bachelor's degree
Other/Unique transfer policies: Letter of recommendation from professor at current institution required.

International student contact: Bryant Priester,
Counselor for International Admissions
Contacting the office: 608 363-2500

Number of foreign countries represented: 41
Most represented countries: China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Germany, Ecuador

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Application closing dates: January 15 for fall, October 15 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: no
Test requirements: TOEFL required, SAT I or ACT considered if submitted
Minimum TOEFL score: 550 paper, 213 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, international student housing, international student center, ESL program/classes, special orientation

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes
Number of international applicants who received aid: 66


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Institution's own aid formMarch 1yesN/A
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesMarch 1noN/A

Learning disabled program contact: Vicki Dominick,
Director of Learning Center
Contacting the office: 608 363-2572

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Total number of students in LD program: 93
Services available to LD students:
note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, talking books, reading machines, tape recorders, learning center, extended time for tests, Study Skill Enrichment Training, Assistive Technology
LD students are tutored: individually and in small groups
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: no
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: no
There are additional costs for LD students: no

Number of accepted applicants who enrolled: 21
Requirements for LD applicants: diagnostic test(s)
An essay is required: yes
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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