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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 15-21).  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. During New Student Days transfer students attend a seminar with their academic advisor, but most do not take FYI.

You can see the Fall 2016 course offerings online. Scroll to bottom of the linked page. No username or password is needed for access.

    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 registered for your FYI seminar, read the FYI course descriptions and 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 seminar you’re assigned to when you arrive on campus. All FYI seminar assignments are final.

    Purchasing Books

    Turtle Creek Bookstore-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.

    Beginning August 1, students who have paid their tuition or contracted a payment plan with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) will be approved (by the Accounting Office) to charge required course materials to their student account. In future semesters, when you’ll know your courses ahead of time, you can pre-order books online. Ordering used books/rentals can save 25-80% of the new purchase price. The bookstore also offers software discounts for students (up to 85% off), art and office supplies, and study aids.

    If you want to broadcast your Beloit College spirit, Turtle Creek is chock-full of hoodies, sweatpants, T-shirts, mugs, water bottles, and hats (President Bierman favors the baseball cap with the big “B”). General reading books, magazines, gifts, greeting cards, snacks, and beverages? You'll find it all at Turtle Creek. Sign up on the bookstore's website or Facebook page to receive notifications when sales occur.

    Questionnaire for Advisor

    Help your advisor get to know you. Log in to the Portal, go to the "New Students" tab, 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 can also log into the Portal to view your transcript.

    Academic Calendar

    The academic calendar, also included in the booklet you received by mail, will help you plan ahead for the coming year.

    Disability Assistance

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