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Reviews 530 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't know much about it. Seriously.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration doesn't get in the way and, as far as I've noticed, has kept the campus safe and happy.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel no less safe at college than I do at home.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Megabus is cheap and fairly well-run, with only one coach bus connection between Beloit and the pick-up stop. The airport is the same way.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't know much about it

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless can be troublesome, but hooking your computer up with an Ethernet cable solves it.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is so much diversity in social groups at Beloit that there is something for everyone in friendships, relationships, and course-mates. There are super-preppy people who are in a frat/sorority, but there are also identifiable nerds and a rather sizeable amount of them. Athletes make up a good portion of the student body, but because Beloit is a D-III school the athletes are not always super-jocky. There is a small pool of students to "pick from" in relationships, and that may be why random hook-ups seem to be abundant. A lot of people don't like that kind of college culture, and as with just about every aspect of the Beloit life, there is always a group who prefers the opposite. There are few true "norms" on campus which makes fitting in quite easy!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Few students choose to live off campus, and if they do, they select from a few previously student-owned homes nearby. It is not unusual to live on campus all four years.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Each student receives a financial aid award letter, clearly spelling out how much aid you have received at the beginning of each semester. This is really helpful, but there is no online system to check a student's current financial aid, or it is very hard to reach. Many students do receive plentiful financial aid and Beloit has many scholarships for merit.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants within walking distance- but only local places that are expensive or not open when most students would like to eat there. All the fast food options require driving to, so that can be a disadvantage for non-car owners. There is little variety in the Beloit area.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as you are respectful to those on Beloit's campus, in both social and academic situations, there should be little problem with policy.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are some neighborhoods around the campus that have been prone to criminal activity, but for the most part the campus is a safe place for students. Any issues on campus usually arise from non-students interacting with students, including sexual harassment and theft but these are not common. Security is okay at responding to security calls, and there are security guards always walking around the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The size of Beloit ensures you get the most beneficial education experience, as long as you are working for it. There are so many opportunities to interact and work with professors that are just not available at other schools on the scale that Beloit offers. The social scene is really different from the experience of state and other large universities, but many people enjoy knowing a lot of the campus. Beloit doesn't just attract one group or type of people, and so the social scene is diverse. There are many varsity and intramural athletes, as well as clubs to suit just about every interest. Some unique aspects of Beloit (ie adopting the turtle as our one, true mascot or applying for a much coveted venture grant for that once-in-a-lifetime travel/work/research opportunity) belong to each student's heart and connects them to the thing that is the Beloit experience. That is what makes Beloit so fantastic for anyone who wants to try the liberal arts education at an institution that gives them the means to do so much with their academic career.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is not many study places to choose from: the library, with its bright green carpet, Java Joint, with the chatter of fellow coffee-drinkers, or the science center with its many- but seemingly always occupied- classrooms. The science center is a beautiful, rather new, sustainable building, and the other academic buildings on campus have an old-school charm to them. There are plans for a new recreation center which features state-of-the-art everything for students' athletic needs. The school is working with Studio Gang Architects of Chicago on the project and has not started construction just yet. The library is perfect for all studying needs, although perhaps quite outdated in decor. The residential side harbors the traditional residences for every year at Beloit, including special interest houses, townhomes, and the many unique dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Because Beloit students are treated with respect when it comes to their decision to drink responsibly, most students reflect that back in their actions. Just about every gathering in dorm rooms or on the residential side of campus includes alcohol, but it is not allowed at parties or large gatherings in the dorms' lounges. There are students who choose not to drink and there is not a whole lot of peer pressure from the campus to drink. There are some drug users on campus, but it is fairly easy to stay away from those groups. Marijuana is abundant despite the efforts of the campus to combat that.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The first half of the fall semester is gorgeous- or it has been the past two years- and really makes for a nice entrance back into school life after summer. The next few months may be miserable to some- biting winds, multiple snowfalls- but the campus is really suitable for the winter as everything is just a short walk away. Some may argue that the campus is much prettier covered in a blanket of snow. It depends on your experience with winter (coming from the midwest previously, it is not that bad). The last few weeks in the spring are generally wonderful but dependent on each year. Being in a spring sport is pretty disappointing however, because the cold can last well into April.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I really enjoy this program. Being a liberal arts college, Beloit students will never be bogged down with courses only in their major for a semester (maybe rarely) and yet there tends to be overlapping in just about every discipline. What I was discussing in a geology course was mentioned the next day in my political science class, and also touched upon in my chemistry course. The geology department really aims for its students to get well-rounded look at exactly what it is they are studying- this includes field excursions every summer, field trips in just about every course offered, aid in finding summer internships and research opportunities, and the possibility of working closely with a professor that I believe larger schools cannot offer. I am finding it rather simple to plan out my remaining semesters in order to complete the geology requirements and although Beloit is a small school, there is still a variety of classes I can take in order to graduate.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am only in my second year at Beloit, but the geology department offers so much opportunity for individual development that I would definitely choose this program again and again. I have not really considered career goals as I have not had enough time to develop my specific interests in geology, but that is exactly what my advisor and the other professors are here to help with. Many of the graduated geology majors have gone to work with the government or to graduate school, and I currently am not concerned about being restricted with this degree once I graduate.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Weekends are all about what you choose to do. You cannot sit around and hope that something will suddenly pop up for Saturday night, because Beloit's parties have a routine: C-Haus is a great place to hang out Thursday-Saturday, and maybe dance, sing, or grab a beer, but it is not always reliable for good music; the Greek houses throw a party about once a month each, and every party is certain to have popular and loud music, to start late, and to not allow alcohol (thus the late starts); student programming events are just about every weekend but hit-or-miss depending on your music taste, interest in comedy shows, etc. Beloit is the most welcoming place for those underaged- you are treated as a fully responsible adult under our alcohol policy, and as long as you respect others and security on weekends, you will get that respect back.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The library offers free printing if you do not have access to certain printers in academic departments (just about each science department has their own printer and available computers, not sure about other buildings). There should be wireless access on the residential side of campus, but on the academic side, where it is available, the network is rather efficient and reliable (like in the library, science center, or Pearsons). The library is always a source for printing, as long as it is open. Not having a computer is do-able on this campus because everything is only a short walk away and for the most part, buildings (and the computer labs) remain open for students to use.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are free shuttles going from campus to the nearest bus station for buses to Chicago, but the times must be set up in advance and not always are the shuttles available (like in the early morning). There is no train connecting Beloit to other towns which is horrendous. Few students use the local bus system, and I'm not even sure if it is existent in Beloit. Plenty of students live in the Chicago-area and so finding a ride home for each break is no issue if you are trying to get to Chicago's airports.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a huge percentage of students who participate in at least one varsity sport, and for how large the student body is (not very), that makes sense but it also means that there is little social conflict between athletes and non-athletes. A lot of money gets poured into the sports programs, which may not seem fair to all students. The facilities at the sports center, like the weight room and field-house, are not adequate for all the sports that have to use them each season. There is too much crowding of those who are not on a sports team and would like to use the facilities, and it is a shame if they cannot do so because of a sports team's priority. There is moderate student support at games, although most sports are under-appreciated.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Very helpful and they really are good at giving out scholarships

5 College Junior

Athletics: You are really given the opportunity to play whatever sport and at whatever level you would like

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Our security is the best. They aren't here to get you in trouble, but mostly just to make sure that your'e ok. Hardly any campus crime at all. Very safe.

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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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