[Beloit] has long been doing the quiet and important work of producing some of this country's leading thinkers and problem solvers.
Loren pope, colleges that change lives
Beloit College is a diverse and passionate community of students, faculty, and staff known for its engagement with ideas and the world. Beloit’s 1,250 students are from nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 40 nations. Twenty-seven percent of Beloit students are domestic minorities or students from countries other than the United States.
Founded in 1846, when Wisconsin was still a territory, Beloit’s early curriculum was built on the classical tradition, but students were given an unusual amount of freedom to choose their own courses. Today, Beloit is recognized for its longstanding commitment to curricular innovation, and international education programs.
Beloit offers more than fifty majors, more than thirty minors, and a number of dual-degree and pre-professional programs. A flexible curriculum, grounded in rigorous study encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors. Coursework is interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope. The average class size is 15 students; Beloit has a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
There are also some things that you just can’t get anywhere else—like two museums (one art, one anthropology), a student business incubator that occupies a three-story storefront downtown, and a LEED-platinum certified Science Center. Other distinguishing features include our nationally-recognized international programs, and the six residencies that annually bring Nobel Prize winners, human rights leaders, and national poet laureates to campus.
Students here explore complex theory, but then get their hands dirty—whether in the lab, working an internship, or conducting research in the field. Students work alongside experts to conduct original research and to publish papers.
Beloit places a high premium on individuality, and that is reflected in its student body. Actors and athletes, scientists and sorority sisters, activists and artists and everyone in between come together to form a tight-knit community known, first and foremost, for its warmth and open-mindedness.