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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 21-27).  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.

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 2017 course offerings online. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page. No username or password is needed for access. From the “Term” drop down menu, select “Fall Term 2017.”  You can 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.

    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 now 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

    The college's official bookstore, Turtle Creek Bookstore-Barnes & Noble, located at 444 East Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. All textbooks, arranged by course, are there. Options for textbooks include: new, used, rental, digital, and rental digital.

    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. This option has to be renewed with Accounting every semester, in order to be continually able to charge materials. In future semesters, when course schedules are known ahead of time, books can be pre-ordered on the bookstore's website. All textbooks and required course materials are available to purchase; 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 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 (search "My College Bookstore" on Google Play or the Apple Store).

    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). 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. 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.

    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.