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Beloit in top 10 for teaching in latest U.S. News rankings

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The college also recognized on “up and comers,” study abroad lists

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Beloit College was yet again named among the best liberal arts colleges in the country, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of “Best Colleges” released today.

In its ranking of the top 240 liberal arts colleges nationwide, Beloit College tied for the No. 59 spot.

This year, Beloit was also included in the following categories:

Best Undergrad Teaching

Beloit was among 18 national liberal arts colleges recognized for strong commitment to teaching, ranking No. 10 on that list.

Up-and-Comers

Beloit tied at No. 6 with four other schools on a short list of “Up-and-Comer” national liberal arts colleges. This list recognizes institutions believed to have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

Recommended by High School Counselors

Beloit earned the No. 73 spot on a list of 240 national liberal arts colleges selected by high school counselors as offering the best undergraduate education to their students. The guidance counselors were selected from a nationwide sampling of public high schools in the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings that were gold, silver or bronze medal winners, as well as from the largest private independent schools nationwide. 

A-Plus Schools for B Students

The college was also included in this year’s issue on a non-ranked listing of 76 national liberal arts colleges where good students – B students – have a “decent shot of being accepted and thriving.”

Strong Focus on Student Success – Study Abroad

Beloit was included on a non-ranked listing of 31 national colleges and universities recognized for their commitment to “substantial academic work abroad for credit…and considerable interaction with the local culture.”

“To be recognized again as a national leader in teaching excellence is an honor and certainly speaks to a tradition of which we're proud,” said Ann Davies, provost and dean of Beloit College. “Beloit faculty dedicate a lot of energy and care toward inspiring our students to take charge of their own education.  Our liberal arts in practice curriculum, which includes an emphasis on international education, offers a developmental trajectory for students that complements that teaching talent. I think those synergies help explain why we're recognized as a school to watch.”

Finally, Beloit was included on a list of colleges and universities that had the highest percentage of students living in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing for the 2012-2013 academic year. Ninety-four percent of Beloit’s students lived on campus that year.