Diversity

Location
Beloit, WI
Undergrads
1,274
Tuition
$40,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Beloit advertises diversity heavily, like most schools, but when it comes down to it we are still a Wisconsin school. If you're from a big city, we will seem abysmally homogenous to you. Beloit's still much more diverse than where I come from, though. Campus is mostly white and non-religious, and mostly upper middle-class. There is a large and comfortable queer presence on campus. We're very accepting towards those identities that typically place one in the minority, but we do get some internal criticism for silencing or judging conservative and religious people. It's a liberal haven! Unfortunately, some people think that means only liberals need apply.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Kinda whitewash, middle to upper middle class kids. But that is a generalization. The school tries to market more diversity than actually exists on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are liberal, but in every other way we're all very different from each other. And that's fantastic.

3 College Junior

Diversity: People from a lot of religious backgrounds and sexual orientation

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  • 76th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Let me tell you something about diversity: it certainly ain't about the color of your skin, so if you're one of those lame-o's that can't figure diversity beyond that, you aren't going to appreciate a place like Beloit. Beloit has such an eclectic blend of students, from way too smart, to just plain stupid, from rich to poor, from pretentious to even more pretentious, from cool to creepy-the list goes on. Plus, these crazies don't just come from Wisconsin, but all kinds of different states and countries; it's like an international student carnival. It's not uncommon to walk by a couple of people not speaking English. You will (100 percent guaranteed) have a class with someone from another country every semester you spend at Beloit. It wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to be every class, every semester. My jaw would not drop even in the slightest. Beloit is a small school, and the classes are small, so the concentration of international students (not to mention students from a million different backgrounds) can make conversation in class extremely multi-dimensional.

Of course, everybody is soaked in "liberal," which can get pretty monotonous. Students who aren't so liberal either shut their traps about it or get picked on all the time. This is just one area Beloit's campus community needs to work on, before they can boast total tolerance.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
8%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
69%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
85%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 44%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 9%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
54%
Male Faculty
46%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Considering the liberalness of Beloit College, gay acceptance is pretty high. It's hard to find anyone who would speak out against gay rights or lifestyles. The Alliance is always trying to raise awareness about gay and lesbian issues on campus.
Political Activity
You can count on Beloit to take a liberal stance on any subject. Protests are on-going, and they're perhaps one of the most common events on campus. Lots of petitions, trips to Washington DC, flyers about injustice, and the like.
Economic Status
The range starts at the scraping the bottom of the barrel and climbs all the way to the students money.
Most Common Religions
Atheism/agnosticism is pretty popular. There is a sizable Christian group, but the pagans are definitely a rival for them. There is also a strong Jewish community on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a variety of minority clubs to choose from, which is good since everybody has a little bit of minority in them somewhere along the line. Some clubs keep to themselves throughout the year; others let their mighty minority roar sound through the campus. BSU is quite prominent, as well as the Alliance, and the Women' Center.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 59% Liberal
  • 32% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 9% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 55% Liberal
  • 36% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 21 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 20 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 14% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 57% Very accepting.
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