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Beloit, WI
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$40,970
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Reviews 588 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is the most widely-used drug on campus. I have smelled weed a few times. I live in the sub-free dorm so I'm isolated in that regard.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Beloit ended up being one of the cheaper schools I applied to (and I applied to A LOT). You just make sure that you fill out the FAFSA on time and the appropriate paperwork. Also, the head of aid, Jon Urish, is super nice and awesome!

2 College Sophomore

Weather: If you come here, know that it will get well below zero here in the winter! And they don't cancel class when it does!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think the administration gives the students enough space and leeway. We're all adults here.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Well, we don't have wifi on the residential side of campus. Most students bring routers to solve this. The biggest complaint I have with out internet is what happens when we register for classes. That's when traffic is highest. Every time have registered for classes, the internet flipped out. This prevents some from registering for their top choices.

Regardless, believe it or not, the internet at school is faster the the internet my house!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not an athlete, so I'm pretty easy to please. I also work out at night, so I don't know the busiest hours. I haven't been to our track field, but our current athletic center fits my needs. We have high-end equipment, but our building is old and not the prettiest. No windows, kinda grungy. Our pool is really tiny. The indoor track is only used for club sports as far as I know.

HOWEVER, we're getting a new athletic facility. It's costing us a ton of money and it won't be open by the time I graduate, but I'm sure that it will be beautiful and more accessible to the public.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Walking distance, there isn't a ton. Bushel and Peck's is a nice little restaurant/store. Cafe Fromage is also good and decently-priced. Jimmy John's and various pizza places (national chain as well as locals) deliver, but I think only Papa John's delivers very late. There are some Mexican and Chinese places that deliver. Last week, I went to Little Mexico for the first time. It's not walking distance from campus, but I HAD THE BEST VEGETARIAN TACO SALAD EVER there.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have weekly trips to Walmart/Woodman's at no cost, but the passenger van only seats 9 people, so to get a spot you have to be lucky and get there early. As of this past year parking was free for students, but that might change in the fall. The bus ride to Chicago is very expensive (around $50 round-trip) but the ride to Madison is only $4. HOWEVER, in order to get to the bus stops, you need a car, which makes them mostly pointless.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I give it an "okay" because Beloit does have a certain amount of charm. Downtown there's Bushel and Peck's and Cafe Fromage, two restaurants where the food and coffee are good and relatively cheap. Within walking distance there are some consignment shops downtown, a SalVal, and a Walgreens. There are also some ethnic restaurants, but I don't think any of them are walking distance. I didn't rate it higher because there is crime off campus (theft, shootings, drug busts, etc.) and this makes going off campus at night not advisable.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Personally I have not encountered any problems (but I am white and middle class) but I have a number of friends who do fall under "diverse" racial and economic backgrounds, and they do not like Beloit. It is largely white, middle class, etc. I feel almost like a minority coming from a first generation family, but there are support systems available. If you are a student from a minority group, check out Student Support Services. We have a Trio program here, which can be an excellent support system. We do have a fair amount of religious and sexual diversity, but most students are very liberal.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our alcohol "philosophy" is great, and this is coming from someone who does not really drink. Because our campus is wet and underage drinking is allowed, students are more likely to contact campus security if there is a problem because they know that they won't get in trouble. There have been incidents on campus with rape, theft, drug-related violence, etc. but the administration is aware and they're trying to solve it. I personally have not had any issues with safety.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't know a whole lot about Beloit's sports, and that's the way I want it to be. We have teams and stuff, this much I know. Sports exist on campus, but they're not a big part of Beloit life. There's some degree of divide between the campus athletes and the rest of us (not an elitism divide, just a "different strokes" sort of divide), but I think that's something the athletes are conscious of and trying to change. One thing I can say for Beloit athletes, though, is none of them are dumb meatheads. They're engaged and involved students, too, and you shouldn't write them off just because they like to run around and throw balls at each other or whatever it is they do.

5 College Junior

Academics: I'm very happy with Beloit academically. I truly feel enriched for my education here. Not only have I learned a lot in my three years here, but I feel Beloit has succeeded in the liberal arts goal of teaching me "how to think." I don't mean that in an indoctrinating, brainwashing sense--I mean that I've gained so much in critical thinking abilities, and I have a great background for approaching problems. I'm flourishing in my studies here, and I'm really enjoying it. It's very easy to get into the classes you want, and classes are consistently engaging and interesting. Beloit's a great place for taking classes in fields outside your major, too. I find all of the classroom environments to be intellectually stimulating and welcoming. The workload is substantial, but not at all unmanageable--and quite frankly you can get by just fine without doing a lot of the assigned work (ie readings), you just won't gain as much from the class. Class sizes are mostly quite manageable and cozy, and I've never been in a class with more than 30 students. (Popular intro level classes are often in the 20-30 range.) Finally, I love the professors at Beloit. They're very smart, very knowledgeable (those are not necessarily the same), and very good professors across the board, and since we're such a small school, it's very easy to form a relationship with them. I've had drinks with several of the faculty in my department, and I've been in a few of their houses. Funnily enough, the professors I'd heard the most about before I came here were the ones I was least impressed with. But in my whole time here, I've only encountered one professor I wouldn't rate highly.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are parties pretty much every weekend, though I don't usually go to them. I prefer to do my drinking and drug-taking in a smaller environment--and I have had no issues whatsoever engaging safely and enjoyably in those activities in the dorms. The on-campus bar will (lowkey) still serve you if you're underage, and security doesn't care about underage drinking. This is Wisconsin. We're all adults here.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Beloit is screwing my family over--it cost my parents about $10k for me to go here when I was a freshman, but for my senior year they're being made to pay $33k, which we really can't afford. There are extenuating circumstances--my sister moved out and my mom got a slightly higher-paying job, but my parents are trying to retire as soon as I graduate (they're 63), and Beloit is making that impossible. I'm quite unhappy with Beloit's financial aid situation right now. However, none of my friends have had this negative experience, and it's very common to hear that someone chose Beloit because it gave them the best financial aid.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus myself and haven't been involved in that process at all, so I can't comment on that aspect of off-campus living. However, I can tell you that Beloit requires you to live on campus through your junior year--and I don't think that's a bad thing. While it is pretty common for seniors to live off-campus, you don't hear much grumbling from younger students who want to move off-campus. After all, we already live on the nicest few blocks of the city--why would you want to leave them? Also, Beloit subtracts $1400 from your financial aid if you move off campus, so it's really not an option if your family's strapped for cash.

4 College Junior

Majors: You can declare your major at any point. Beloit makes it very easy to study whatever it is you're interested in--it's very common for people to have two majors and a minor.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm very pleased with studying creative writing here, though sometimes I feel a bit disappointed in my fellow creative writers. As with any school, there's some wide variety in the skill level of our writers. A creative writing education anywhere will ultimately be what you make of it, but I really like the faculty who teach it. I'm currently in a course about Writing Towards Publication, in which we've studied the works of alumni authors in order to better illuminate what our lives as writers will be like after college. It's been enlightening and immensely helpful to me.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: You'll be happy here whether you use drugs or not--either way the community is accepting and enabling of that.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Varies widely. All the dorms have distinct personalities, and there's plenty of non-dormitory choices on campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I was iffy on Beloit my first year, but I'm ultimately very glad I came here.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are way more computers available for use on campus than I honestly think is necessary in this day and age, but you'll go insane trying to do all of your work in a computer lab anyway. We don't have wireless internet in the dorms, which is ridiculous, but they say that will happen in the next year or two. Black and white printing is free and unlimited--take advantage of that while you're here!

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food situation in Beloit itself is pretty dismal, but you can get all the basics delivered (sandwiches, pizza, Chinese, etc) and there's truly some great, authentic, and super cheap Mexican food around if you look for it! (But I'm going to make you look for it.) There's also a much wider variety of options if you widen your search to South Beloit, and if you have a car, there's plenty to eat in Janesville, which isn't that far away.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Beloit used to get a bad rap for having ugly girls, but that's definitely not the case! Beloit is full of beautiful women and beautiful men (though the women are more numerous by virtue of women as a whole being more numerous on campus). There are a lot of hipsters at this school--like, a lot--but they look great! There's also a lot of variation in the students, though, and any way you want to present yourself is embraced by your peers. There is some really fabulous fashion on campus, and some really horrifying fashion that's just as fabulous for its purity of expression.

3 College Junior

Weather: I'm from Wisconsin, so these long and frigid winters are nothing new to me, but they suck. Fall and spring are gorgeous, though, and campus is really beautiful during every season other than winter. It's pretty variable, though--my freshman year we had hardly any winter to speak of, but this year we've had just a sliver of spring before the end of the year.

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Let's get one thing straight: Beloit is not for everyone-and thank God, because we only have so much room here. There is a certain bond with people who have gone to Beloit, who have seen its idiosyncrasies first-hand, who know the weirdos personally and still keep nicknames for them. A four-year trudge through the thicket of Beloit education will put anyone in shape for a new challenge afterward. Some will say "if I survived Beloit College, I can survive this," while others will boast "Beloit College has prepared me well to face challenges head on, and it has made me confident that I can survive anything." Either way, they're right. Beloit is good at making a paradox out of itself.

People either love Beloit, hate Beloit, or both, but it is pretty much guaranteed that whatever you feel for Beloit, it will be strong. Beloit can definitely provide students with an amazing experience if you use your resources right. Study abroad options are spectacular, and an overwhelming amount of students end up in a different country or a different part of the U.S. at some point during their four years. Beloit most certainly is a school that has the ability to change your life, or at least, it can give you the resources so you can change it up yourself. I'm telling you, for a small school, it's got a lot of bite to it.

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