Beloit College was founded in 1846, when Wisconsin was still a territory. The 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 its first-year initiatives and international education programs.
The Beloit College community is diverse and noted for its passionate engagement with ideas and the world. Its 1,300 students are from nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 44 nations. Forty percent of its students are domestic minorities or students from countries other than the United States.
95% of Beloit's 104 full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Teaching is the faculty's highest priority but all professors are active scholars and artists. Many are leaders in educational reform. Professors serve as mentors, guides, and partners on research projects and academic work. A strong tradition of student-teacher collaboration contributes to the college's lively intellectual community.
Beloit offers more than fifty majors, more than thirty minors, and a number of dual-degree and preprofessional programs. Coursework is rigorous, interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope. The average class size is 15 students; Beloit has a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. All Beloiters complete a "Liberal Arts in Practice" (LAP) requirement before they graduate, in which they apply their knowledge outside of the classroom through hands-on experiences like internships, research-related fieldwork, or community engagement projects.
Beloit's wooded forty-acre campus includes twenty-eight buildings in a range of architectural styles; four buildings are listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places. The campus is marked by winding pathways, expansive lawns, displays of public art, and ancient Indian mounds.
The college's academic facilities include the internationally recognized Logan Museum of Anthropology, the Wright Museum of Art, the Hendricks Center for the Arts, and the Marjorie and James Sanger Center for the Sciences, a LEED-Certified building equipped with high-tech research labs. Beloit offers more than thirty international programs and dozens of domestic study programs.