What the Guides Say
U.S. News & World Report
[U.S. News & World Report]U.S. News & World Report continues to prominently feature Beloit in its annual “Best Colleges” rankings, particularly in the areas emphasizing teaching quality, study abroad programs, and value.
In the 2013 rankings, the college was 6th on a list of liberal arts colleges with "strong commitment to teaching" and 38th on the list of 40 liberal arts colleges with the "best value." Beloit --who was also included among a list of colleges that excel in study abroad-- placed 63rd on the list of top 239 liberal arts colleges nationwide, and ranked number 99 on a list of 257 national liberal arts colleges recommended by high school counselors across the country.
In the 2012 rankings, the college was similarly celebrated for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and study abroad programs, and value, and was also ranked number 4 on a list of "Up-and-Coming" liberal arts colleges.
Inside College recently named Beloit College as one of 63 colleges that make a difference in the world.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine
[Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine]Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine rates Beloit as one of the top “Private Colleges Worth the Price.”
Corporation for National and Community Service
[President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll]Beloit College was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This award is the highest federal recognition given for college and university volunteer efforts, service-learning projects, and civic engagement. Beloit was among 115 named to the Distinction List and one of only two honored in Wisconsin.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges
“The school tends to draw students who are looking for their own path, but who want to make sure that path is lined with rigorous academics and interesting friends.”
“Teaching is the faculty’s first priority.”
“Beloit’s educational opportunities begin the moment a student walks on campus. Beloit is an academically rigorous East Coast liberal arts institution blended with the freer spirit and slower pace of the life of the Midwest.”
[NAFSA Paul Simon Award]In March 2011, Beloit received academe’s highest honor for international education – the Senator Paul Simon Award. NAFSA, the world’s largest international education association, named Beloit one of five Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization honorees.
National Science Foundation
Beloit College appears at number 22 on the National Science Foundation’s list of national liberal arts colleges with the highest percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees. The 22nd place ranking is based on the proportion of students earning doctoral degrees from 1997 to 2006.
Beloit ranks 32nd in Ph.D. degree production among all colleges and universities, and the college is ranked among the top 50 for all colleges and universities for students completing Ph.D. degrees in the following fields:
Social Sciences: 13th
English and Literature: 20th
Life Sciences: 35th
Biological Sciences: 38th
Math and Computer Sciences: 31st
Physical Sciences: 33rd
Political Sciences: 42nd
From the 2010 Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Study based on data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates.
National Survey of Student Engagement
[NSSE]In the latest National Survey of Student Engagement (2011), Beloit students demonstrated they were heavily engaged in activities and experiences strongly correlated with academic success and with the mission and focus of Beloit College.
Culminating Senior Experiences: 73 percent of Beloit seniors reported participating in senior capstones, theses, and other senior projects compared to 58 percent of seniors at Carnegie peer schools.
Independent Study and Self-Designed Majors: 42 percent of Beloit seniors reported participating in an independent study or self-designed major while at Beloit compared to 31 percent of seniors at Carnegie peer schools.
Study Abroad: 50 percent of Beloit seniors reported studying abroad during college compared to 38 percent of seniors attending Carnegie peer schools.
Diverse Community: 36 percent of Beloit seniors say Beloit “very much” encourages contact among students from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds compared to 25 percent of seniors attending Carnegie peer institutions.
Research with Faculty: 43 percent of Beloit seniors reported working with faculty on research projects outside of course requirements compared to 33 percent of seniors at Carnegie peer schools.
Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY
Beloit ranks number 11 on a list of the "Best Performing National Liberal Arts Colleges" based on a comparison of its actual and predicted graduation rate according to this national education journal.
The Princeton Review
[The Princeton Review]Beloit figured prominently in The Princeton Review’s latest rankings, being named one of 377 best institutions in the country and one of the best colleges in the Midwest.
Beloit also ranked number 17 in the category of “Best Classroom Experience,” number 15 in the category of "Best Financial Aid," and number 10 in the highly descriptive category of “Birkenstock-wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians.”
Here’s what else The Princeton Review has to say about Beloit:
“Beloit’s intimacy offers students opportunities to shine that simply aren’t as readily accessible at larger schools. The experience here seems to foster intellectual curiosity. All this activity in such a concentrated space creates an intense but positive environment.”
“Beloit students report themselves happier with their overall college experience than many students we surveyed elsewhere.”
“The focus is great teaching grounded in rigorous study that encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors.”
“The college is a dynamic and uncommonly diverse community where cliques, stereotypes, and exclusivity are left behind and the flexible curriculum is interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope.”
[Washington Monthly]Beloit College regularly appears on this monthly magazine's list of the nation's top liberal arts institutions. The magazine, which focuses in on service, research and social mobility indicators, ranked Beloit 14th for the percentage of work-study dollars it allocates toward student service projects and 32nd on a list of colleges for their commitment to service (based on the number of classes and service staff, as well as financial aid dollars, earmarked for this work). In addition to other details, the college was also ranked 55th on a list of institutions that funnel graduates into the Peace Corps.
Forbes Magazine "Best Colleges" Rankings
|Beloit has come in at 125 out of 600 American colleges and universities on Forbes’ annual list of “Best Colleges,” a list that includes both flagship state institutions, the Ivies, and private colleges large and small.|
|Beloit College was one of 26 liberal arts colleges included on Parade Magazine's College A-List. It was also included on the weekly magazine's list of A-List institutions for pre-med students.|
Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives
[Colleges that Change Lives]Beloit College is among the 40 institutions recognized in the well-known college guide written by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope. Beloit was once again included in the book when it was updated and re-released in 2012.
Below are some of Pope's comments about Beloit in the original guide.
Campus Environment: “[Beloit] is a place to develop a strong sense of identity.”
“Beloit is a happy place that multiplies talents.”
“Beloit gets 94 percent to 97 percent of its freshman back for sophomore year, which is at least as good as the status schools.”
Student/Faculty Collaboration: “It is not unusual for [Beloit] students to be co-authors with faculty members on papers presented at professional meetings and occasionally of a book. It would be unusual for an undergraduate to have this kind of excitement or get this kind of recognition at a university.”
Teaching and Academics: “Beloit’s students are heavily involved in their own education. [Many] present an individual project in open forum and submit to questions from other students, faculty, and staff. Some projects have been good enough to be accepted for academic professional meetings.”
Producing Future Leaders:
“[S]eniors and recent graduates are saying [. . .] emphatically that Beloit has changed their lives.”
“[B]y the time they graduate, more than half of Beloit’s students have had some kind of off-campus study or internship, in this country or abroad. Also, over 80 percent of graduates have completed an independent study or special project.”
“Sixty-three percent of graduates go on to get graduate or professional degrees, which puts [Beloit] among the top 50 in the country. And when it comes to producing future Ph.D.s in sociology, anthropology, geology, and foreign languages, it’s in the top 15%. When Who’s Who is used as an indicator of major contributors or achievers across the board, Beloit again appears among the top 50.”
“Beloit is a founding member of the International 50 [. . .]. This group produces foreign service officers, ambassadors, and people who get doctorates in foreign languages and international studies at four to six times the rate of major research universities.”