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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Beloit as a town doesn't have a whole lot to offer. There are a few museums; both of the school museums often have cool student-curated exhibits. Parks nearby are lovely in all seasons, and locals have a generally positive attitude toward students. It's a pretty safe town, especially the area directly around campus.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: I'd like it more if the college made an effort to help the community and campus interact but finding ways to connect with community environment is fairly easy when you take few steps off campus.

3 College Junior

Local Area: We don't interact with the local city. Some students bus up to Madison on weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: 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 Junior

Local Area: You don't come to Beloit College for the surroundings--you come despite the surroundings. It's an economically down-and-out postindustrial city, and the crime rate seems to be rising. There are extremely limited restaurant options in town, extremely limited off-campus fun options (there are a few bars...), extremely limited shopping, and extremely limited public transportation. Beloit students don't typically leave campus much. That said, Beloit students don't really need to leave campus much, and the blue-collar surroundings can be very grounding and refreshing if you feel like you've gone too deep in the liberal arts or your bubble of privilege. There are little gems around town if you're into urban decay and abandoned shit, and I've personally found exploring Beloit pretty rewarding. Also, there's some very good authentic Mexican food in town if you know where to look. (Hint: it's not in any of the brochures. Think small.)

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So Beloit isn't the most exciting town in Wisconsin. The jig is up. Still, you won't see Beloit College hiding a red face, because people over there work to at least keep the campus lively. Generally, there's something happening on campus; it's up to you to decide how lame it is. Those of you who have friends know that the setting doesn't always make the fun, and sometimes sitting can be just as entertaining as a night on the town. The Van Galder bus drivers will be happy to drive you to the nearest big cities (that is, Madison and Chicago) for a fee if you're itching for a little change. Otherwise, take a romantic stroll along the Rock River, treat yourself to a dilly bar at the Dairy Queen, hug a few campus trees, take a walk to admire the beautiful houses (some are pretty amazing), or protest on the weekends. And if you're lucky, you might catch a flock of BSFFAs (Beloit Science-Fiction and Fantasy Assocation) in the middle of one of their midnight battles, or maybe you'll even be in one of their midnight battles, depending on your relationship with science fiction.

The thing you have to realize is that Beloit is boring, but Beloit College can always be entertaining if you're looking to be entertained. Sometimes, though, even that is boring. What I'm trying to say is, I go to school there and I still have fun, even when I'm bored.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Mount Hord's Mustard Museum holds the world's largest mustard collection (over 2,300 varieties) and celebrates National Mustard Day each August.
  2. Beloit is spelled so it looks French, and it is pronounced so it would remind people of Detroit (why is anybody's guess).
  3. Sheboygan, WI, is known as the "Bratwurst capital of the world."
  4. Bloomer, WI, is the jump rope capital of the world.
  5. Wisconsin's 7,446 streams and rivers put end to end equal 26,767 miles-more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.
Notable Natives
  • Roy Chapman Andrews - the real-life Indiana Jones
  • Willem DeFoe
  • Ole Evinrude - inventor of the outboard motor
  • Chris Farley
  • Harry Houdini
  • Liberace
  • Georgia O'Keefe
  • William H. Rehnquist
  • Charles and John Ringling
  • Gene Rowlands
  • Spencer Tracy
  • Orson Welles
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
Points of Interest
  • The Apple Hut
  • Beckman Mill
  • Farmer's Market
  • Roy Chapman Andrews Residence
Shopping Centers
  • Cherryvale Mall
  • Janesville Mall
Movie Theaters
Wildwood Luxury 10 Cinemas
2799 Cranston Rd.
Beloit
(608) 368-1100
Movie Theaters
Wildwood Movies 10
3100 Deerfield Dr.
Janesville
(608) 743-0100
Movie Theaters
Wildwood Rock Theater
1620 Newport Ave.
Janesville
(608) 758-2400
Major Sports Teams
  • Green Bay Packers: football
  • Milwaukee Brewers: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: IL: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Madison: WI: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Milwaukee: WI: 1 hour, 19 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

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  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 56% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 22% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 11% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 89% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% Totally.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 43% No way.

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