Living at Beloit College
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If you haven't already, please submit your agreement and questionnaire as soon as possible.
You can expect to receive your housing and roommate assignment (along with your mailbox assignment via email) by mid-July. Before that time, the director of Residential Life considers your residence hall agreement information to match you with someone compatible. Most first-years are placed in double rooms.
If you have a disability that requires residential accommodations, contact Learning Enrichment and Disability Services staff by June 1 to ensure that you get what you need.
As you complete your housing agreement, and once you get your housing assignment, you'll probably want to learn all there is to know about your new home. To see photos and floor plans of your new living space, head over to Residential Life.
The forms mentioned below will be mailed to all incoming students once they submit their deposit. They are also available online through the Health Center. Health forms are due by July 15. Students who have not submitted health forms prior to New Student Days will not be allowed to register for classes. If you have any questions about health forms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be aware that summer hours are shortened, so responses may take a few days.
What we need from you:
- Physical record/health forms.
You must complete all required health forms and submit them, via email or postal service, to the Health and Wellness Center. All forms are kept confidential. A physical exam is not required, but is strongly encouraged. If you have a chronic illness or any other health concerns, we recommend that you make an appointment to see your regular health care providers before starting the academic year at Beloit.
- Immunization records.
According to Wisconsin law and Beloit College policy, all entering students born after 1956 must show proof of one of the following proofs of immunity. The dates/records of immunizations must be entered on the Student Health History form.
- Having had two doses of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella)
- Having had the diseases measles, mumps, and rubella
- Laboratory evidence of immunity
- Immunization awareness verification.
Wisconsin law requires the following. Complete all health forms to fulfill this requirement.
- All college students be informed about meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B.
- Colleges maintain (confidential) records of students' vaccinations.
All Beloit College students are required to show proof of health insurance coverage for the 2019-2020 academic year, or they will be billed for an insurance plan offered by the college. If proof of insurance is not received by July 15, insurance charges cannot be removed from the tuition bill.
If you're a U.S. citizen
- If you have health insurance. Check with your health insurance plan to see if you have coverage in the Beloit area. Prepare yourself before you get sick by knowing which hospitals, clinics, and providers are "in-network" and what services are covered by your insurance or excluded from coverage. If you plan to see the on-campus nurse practitioner, then check your insurance to see if Beloit Health System is an in-network provider. If you will be using your own insurance, then please complete the Student Health Insurance Waiver form on the Portal.
- If you do not have health insurance. Please complete the Student Health Insurance Selection form on the Portal.
You must either submit the insurance waiver form or complete the insurance selection form. The proof of health insurance form, as well as information about the alternative insurance plan offered through the college are available on the Portal now, and should be completed prior to July 15.
If you're an international student (with a J-1 or F-1 visa)
Do not complete either insurance form. Beloit College will automatically enroll you in a mandatory health insurance plan and bill the cost to your student account. After you arrive on campus, you'll receive an insurance card in your campus mailbox.
Whether you have your own insurance plan, or choose to enroll in the college's plan, please note that you are responsible for paying your own medical expenses. Any medical expenses incurred will be billed to you and/or your insurance by the healthcare providers you see. Do not send insurance claims to the Health Center or Athletics. Also plan to bring a copy of your insurance card and carry it with you at all times.
Beloit College Athletic Training services and access to the Athletic Training Room are available only to our NCAA athletes.
Students who are interested in trying out for a varsity team should contact the team's coach directly. Athletes will receive additional correspondence about athletic health forms and pre-season procedures directly from the Athletic Department and their respective coaches.
Be aware that all athletes are required to have a Sports Pre-Participation Exam, conducted by a physician, prior to the start of a season. The exam form can be downloaded from the Athletic Training Electronic Medical Record database (Sportsware). For access details, visit Athletic Training.
If you have a disability, Learning Enrichment and Disability Services (LEADS) staff are here to help. If you plan to have accommodations like special housing arrangements, extra time on exams, print materials in an audio format and other such assistance, contact LEADS (608-363-2572 or email@example.com) as soon as possible (now for housing arrangements, by July 1 for other requests) to set up these resources.
Items to pack and bring with you
A checklist of items to bring with you can be found:
- On the What to Pack page.
- As a printable checklist.
- For those who receive a Becoming a Beloiter booklet in the mail, a checklist card is included in the front pocket.
Mail, shipping, and mailboxes
You'll get your campus mailbox number assignment via email in mid-July with your housing assignment. Your college address format is:
Please don't ship anything to the college until August. The Mail Center is unable to process and store packages until then. The Mail Center is located in the lower level of Pearsons Hall.
All first-year students must have a meal plan within the college's "Blue Tier" plan.
The Blue Plan has three options:
- 14 swipes/week + $375 in Flex/semester (default)
- 10 swipes/week + $435 in Flex/semester
- 3 swipes/week + $1300 in Flex/semester
The Gold Meal Plan (available to transfer students only) has two options:
- $1200 in Flex/semester
- 7 swipes/week + $275 in Flex/semester
All new students are defaulted to the 14 meal + $375 Flex plan. First-year students wishing to change their meal plans within the first 10 days of the semester can go to the Beloit College Portal and submit a meal plan change request. Students may switch as many times as they like within the first 10 days of each semester. However, used flex dollars will be deducted from your final meal plan selection.
Flex dollars are used like real dollars. Any unused Flex dollars will roll over from fall to spring semesters, but will not roll over at the end of spring term. DKs, Java Joint, Sunday night dinner in DKs, and late night snacks only accept Flex dollars. The Smart Market convenience store in the new Powerhouse student union and recreation center will offer vending machines that accept either flex dollars or personal credit and debit cards for snacks and beverages. The Smart Market is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. A "meal" refers only to dining in Commons or sack lunches at Java Joint, while "Flex dollars" can be used in Commons and elsewhere.
More information about meal plans is available on the Bon Appétit website.
Please read about the campus and community health services available to you during your time at Beloit.
Free washers and dryers are located on the lower level of most halls.
We provide limited storage for international students and students outside of the Wisconsin/ Illinois area. Exceptions will be approved by the Residence Life Operations Coordinator. Please contact the Office of Residential Living to set up a time to access storage.
First-year students are advised not to bring vehicles with them. On-campus parking is limited and many services are either provided on campus or within walking distance. Regularly scheduled shuttles and city buses can get you to stores for groceries and other needs, and plenty of students get around by bike. The Enterprise Car Share Program offers another transportation alternative for licensed drivers.
If you want to bring a car, you will need to participate in the parking lottery. You can request a parking permit ($85/term) using a form in the Portal. If you're approved for a permit, you can pick it up at the Security Office when you arrive on campus. Parking permit stickers are required to park in college lots. City street parking requires cars to move every day.
All Beloit College buildings are smoke free. In fact, it's a city ordinance. Smoking/vaping is not allowed within 15 feet of building entrances and windows, or on main sidewalks.