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Academics and course registration

You’re going to get a distinctive, one-of-a-kind education at Beloit. That means we do things a little differently around here, extending to how you choose classes and kick-start college life. Below is what you need to know about hitting the books, Beloit-style.

Registering for Courses

This summer, you might hear from friends attending other schools that they’ve already registered for their first-semester courses. You won’t have, but don’t fret: we’ve got you covered.

Incoming students complete the registration process during New Student Days (August 18-23).  By that time, you will have been on campus awhile, talked to professors, and have started to see, in person, what the college has to offer. We think it helps you make a more informed decision; you’ll choose classes during a one-on-one session with your First-Year Initiatives advisor. During New Student Days, transfer students attend a seminar with their academic advisor, but most do not take FYI.

Course Load

Generally, incoming students take four one-unit courses, one of them being the First Year Initiatives (FYI) seminar.

You can see the Fall 2014 course offerings online.

    As you’re looking, note that all FYI seminars meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 10 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Take a look at the entire Beloit College course catalog.

    First-Year Initiatives (FYI) Seminar

    This nationally acclaimed program gets you connected and comfortable with Beloit College. It kicks off with New Student Days, when new students are the only ones attending class—specifically, FYI seminars. It’s your first taste of the engaged, hands-on, eclectic, think-on-your-feet learning that defines a Beloit education.

    If you haven’t already, read the FYI course descriptions and fill out the FYI Registration Form  to give us your top four choices.

    Professors’ names are not listed with the descriptions—on purpose. We want you to choose a topic that sounds interesting to you, regardless of what you think your major field might become. No FYI can be pinned down to just one discipline, which we love. We think you will, too.

    You’ll find out which FYI you’re assigned to when you arrive on campus. All FYI assignments are final.

    Purchasing Books

    Turtle Creek-the Beloit College bookstore and Barnes & Noble, located at 444 East Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit, is the college’s official bookstore. All textbooks, arranged by course, are there. Options for textbooks include: new, used, rental, digital, and rental digital. In future semesters, when you’ll know your courses ahead of time, you can pre-order books online. Also featured there: software discounts for students, art and office supplies, and promotions throughout the year.

    If you want to get pumped up with Beloit College spirit, Turtle Creek is chock-full of hoodies, sweatpants, T-shirts, mugs, water bottles, hats (President Bierman favors the baseball cap with the big “B”), and more. 

    Advisor Questionnaire

    Help your advisor get to know you. Log in to the Portal and fill out the form (allow 30-45 minutes). Find this item on the checklist for further instructions.

    Final Transcript and AP/IB/GCE A-Level/College Transfer Credits

    Once you have completed your study at your current school and have graduated high school or finished your college exams, please arrange to have your final official transcript(s) sent to the Registrar's Office. Official results of your AP/IB/etc. exams should also be reported to Beloit College so they can be evaluated for credit. Before New Student Days, they’ll change your Beloit College transcript to reflect any credit received. You’ll get a copy of your updated transcript in your campus mailbox, but you can also log into the Portal to view your transcript.

    Academic Calendar

    The academic calendar was sent to you by mail.

    Disability Assistance

    If you have a disability, the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office is there to help. If you plan to have accommodations like special housing arrangements, extra time on exams, or other assistance (for instance, if you need the common reading in an audio format), you must contact Joy de Leon (608-363-2572) as soon as possible (by May for housing arrangements, by July 15 for other requests) to set up these resources.