Academics

Location
Beloit, WI
Undergrads
1,274
Tuition
$40,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: As a psychology major, I find the classes to cover a variety of fields and provide a comprehensive overview of Psychology. However, research opportunities are very limited.

3 College Junior

Academics: The classes are of medium difficulty–they could be harder. Professors are wonderful and helpful and have office hours. Registration is a hassle through the online system.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at Beloit are incredible. There are endless opportunities, so don't pass them up! The workload keeps me busy. Professors specialize in teaching and mentorship. Anthro is the biggest major on campus. It also has the most funding of all the majors.

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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4 College Junior

Academics: Lots of opportunities and hands on work

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 42nd
    Most Available Classes
  • 59th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 68th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 82nd
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

You’ll hear complaints, of course: “This class is a waste of time,” or “That professor shouldn’t be teaching.” But all in all, anyone who goes to Beloit with the will be to well-educated will come out of Beloit well-educated, as well as stronger willed. What it comes down to is that you’re responsible for your own education. The resources are there. Ninety-nine percent of the time, professors are sitting lonely in their offices, waiting for their students to utilize them. They are approachable and well-informed people, and they will adore you for wanting to hear them talk about their expansive expertise. The professors here only have enough time in class to impart a tiny sliver of their expertise. However, if a student were to ask for a little more information about a topic mentioned in class, the professor could go on for hours to bestow their indispensible and incredibly extensive knowledge upon curious students.

Beloit College will always have its weak points—the art department seems to have to work hard to keep up with the rest, and scheduling can be a problem because of the small size, but one of Beloit’s strongest points is the freedom it gives to its students to wander, experiment with, and mosey through different areas to find what they have a real passion for. And if the packaged deals aren’t quite well-packaged enough, they have a “custom-made” option to please even the pickiest educational palate. Heck, I sure do find my nose just a little higher in the air ever since I started getting a Beloit education. Maybe it’s from the reactions you’ll get from people who know about the college—they make you feel like you’re going to Yale.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
131
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
10
Total FT Faculty
131
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$59,975
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Transfer-Out Rate
20%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
57
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 70%
  • 20 to 49 students: 29%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Anthropology: 4%
  • Creative Writing: 3%
  • Economics, Other: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Java Joint
  • Library
  • Study lounges in the dorms
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to talk to professors (class-related or not).
  • Get to know faculty/staff in the areas you're interested in.
  • Join a club or two, or start a new one.
  • Learn a few "I bet you didn't know . . ." tidbits to throw out at parties.
  • Recall the `80s.
  • Take your work seriously.
Did You Know?
  • With an interdisciplinary studies major, you can basically structure your own major with the approval of the college.
  • There are lots of opportunities for study abroad. Nearly 50 percent of Beloit students study abroad for a semester or academic year on a Beloit or non-Beloit program.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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