Beloit, WI
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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 The library is perfect for all studying needs, although perhaps quite outdated in decor.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.

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.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Beloit offers its students a great variety of opportunities. Students are eligible for a wide variety of grants, have made study abroad programs accessible in a way that most schools cannot provide, and provides an amazing academic experience. However, sometimes students need to be creative in shaping their education because we are a small school and cannot offer the same class every semester or multiple sections of a class every semester. But students who are passionate about their education (as most Beloit students are) seem to have little difficulty being successful and getting a great education here.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The school does it's best and is constantly improving its facilities, but is constrained by a small budget. What they manage to get out of the budget is impressive however, and there are no spaces that are hopeless. Additionally, some buildings (like the Science Center and Hendricks Center) are extremely impressive, and are wonderful to work in. Rooms in residence halls are on average larger than what I have seen at most other schools and there a great variety of options for students to choose from.

2 College Junior

Facilities: Beloit is greenwashing central, a lot more money is spent on the image of sustainability than sustainability itself. Residential Life and physical plant sometimes behave like a slumlord, not to disgusting inner city levels, but for a liberal arts college, they can seem kind of scummy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 247th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 527th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1002nd
    Best Library
  • 1179th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1280th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

If there's one thing Beloit can do, it is facilitate. The campus is chock-full of computer labs, kitchens to cook in, and generally nice buildings. They've got carpet all over the place, relatively big dorm rooms (some are even equipped with sinks), and I would even go so far as to say that Commons is fairly comfortable for a cafeteria. The library is pretty great, especially since half of its walls are windows, plus it has a good collection of books to mosey through. And there are some good movies down in AV that you can check out, too.

I understand the athletic center needs work, but as long as it's not raining, the roof seems to work just fine. Other than the few days when it's unbearably hot, the lack of air-conditioning in the academic buildings slides by unnoticed. For the most part, Beloit does a good job of providing students with what they need to lead a comfortable college life. The main problems might just get reckoned with if we have enough students complaining.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
40 acres
Student Centers
No specific building, The closest thing is the Java Joint.
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Morse Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • DK’s in Pearsons
  • Dorm lounges
  • Java Joint
  • The lawn outside of Pearsons
  • Stairs in front of Chapin Hall
  • The Wall
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Java Joint
Movie Theater on Campus
Wilson-Mayer Hall shows movies for free periodically (both old and new).
School Slang
  • The Blue House: A house near campus where students always live and where parties are fairly often thrown.
  • BSFFA (pronounced "bis-fa"): The Beloit Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. They're the ones that have sword fights at night. They also pretty much make up the student government.
  • Chamberlin Rat: Somebody who spends a lot of time in Chamberlin, the science building.
  • Div I/II/III Courses: The divisions that courses are compartmentalized into.
  • FACS: Field and Career Services
  • Folk `n' Blues: A music festival held at Beloit College, or the popular musical genre.
  • FYI: First-Year Initiative. Once you officially become a student of Beloit College, you get to choose an FYI course (they all revolve around a particular theme each year). Your professor for this course is also your advisor until you declare a major.
  • MI: Morse-Ingersoll Hall. Also a building where classes are.
  • Mindset List: Tom McBride, an English professor, compiles a list of incoming students' supposed mindsets (for example, "Mail has always been electronic" or something along those lines). He gets a lot of attention for it.
  • Snacks: Commons makes snacks during finals for the students. It's not just a general term. I mean, everyone knows what snacks are, but this is Snacks.
  • Spring Day: A day in April where nobody goes to class, campus bands entertain the student body, childish games are played, and all around a good time appears to be had. Of course, the night before yields even more fun.
  • WAC: The World Affairs Center. A building where classes are.
  • The Wall: The handicap access ramp between the `64 halls. This is the place where people like to hang out, handicapped or not.
  • Chelonia: An extravaganza of student-choreographed dances.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show : Every year around Halloween, a bunch of students get all Rocky Horrored up and go watch the movie at Wilson Theater. It's rumored to "get pretty crazy."
  • Ultimate Frisbee Championship : A midnight rendezvous of the best Frisbee players we can find on campus.
Favorite Things To Do
Paddle-boating, Friday Night Flicks (Student Activities will drive you to the theater for a late-night movie), attending whatever's happening on campus (dances, parties, plays, performances), playing Frisbee, ultimate Frisbee, and Frisbee golf, attending athletic events, going to the C-Haus, hanging out, going to the Java Joint See whatever's being performed at Neese Theater on campus, check out a music concert (mainly classical) in Eaton Chapel, or a concert (not classical, more hip) at the C-Haus, see or join in an improv show, see a free film in Wilson Theatre on campus, go to a poetry reading in the Java Joint, attend an on-campus party on the weekend, or cheer on Beloit at an athletic event.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
Beloit recently implemented a bike rental system for students. New bikes are $50 for the academic year; Old bikes (fixed up, of course) are free for half a week.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 45% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 50% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 5% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 19% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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