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Academics and Course Registration

Final transcript and AP/IB/GCE A-Level/college transfer credits

Once you have completed your studies 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. If applicable, 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, your Beloit College transcript will be updated to reflect any credit received. You can view your transcript on the Portal.

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 20-26). 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. Click here to view the academic calendar online.

Course Load

Generally, incoming students take four one-unit courses, one of them being the First-Year Initiatives (FYI) seminar. Exchange students and most transfer students attend a non-credit bearing seminar—during New Student Days—rather than enrolling in an FYI seminar. In this seminar, they learn about the college and city of Beloit, and register for classes.

To see Fall 2018 course offerings:

  1. Go to the Portal (no need to log in), and click on the “Course Search” tab and then the icon.
  2. From the “Term” drop down menu, select “Fall Term 2018.”
  3. View the complete schedule (subjects are listed alphabetically), or you can apply filters. 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.

To view the entire Beloit College course catalog, click here.

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 registered for your FYI seminar, read the course descriptions here, and then fill out the FYI registration form to give us your top five 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 seminar you’re assigned to when you arrive on campus. All seminar assignments are final.

Questionnaire for advisor

Help your advisor get to know you. Log in to the Portal, go to the "New Students" tab and complete the Questionnaire for Advisor (allow 30-45 minutes).

Purchasing/renting textbooks

The college’s official bookstore, Turtle Creek Bookstore–Barnes & Noble, is located at 444 East Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. From college apparel and textbooks to magazines, gifts, greeting cards, snacks and beverages, Turtle Creek has it all.


All textbooks and required course materials are available to purchase at the store. Students are responsible for paying for their own textbooks out of pocket—these costs are not included in the cost of tuition. Your textbook options include: new, used, rental, digital, and digital rental.Ordering used books/rentals can save 25-80% off of the new purchase price. In future semesters, when you know your course schedule ahead of time, you can also pre-order your books online.


Beginning August 1st, if you have paid your tuition in full or contracted a payment plan with Tuition Management Systems (TMS), the Bursar’s Office can also approve you to charge required course materials to your student account. You are still responsible for these costs; this is just an alternate payment option in which you would receive your bill for textbooks at a later date (like a credit card statement). If you’re interested in this payment option, remember that you have to renew arrangements with the Bursar’s Office each semester, in order to be continually able to charge materials.


In addition to textbooks, the bookstore also sells backpacks, study aids, and office and art supplies. Turtle Creek has a wide selection of spirit wear, including hoodies, sweatpants, T-shirts, mugs, water bottles, and hats. President Bierman is known to be a fan of the baseball cap with the big “B.” Student discounts on items like care packages, as well as software and computer hardware (up to 85% off), can be found online.


To receive notifications when sales occur, sign up on the bookstore’s website, Facebook page, or phone app (download “My College Bookstore” on Google Play or the Apple Store).