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Tuition Runs Out Day, part four: giving affects rankings

April 7, 2014

Did you know? The percentage of alumni who give to Beloit College each year is one component of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. It is also a factor foundations look at when they consider giving the college a grant. Gifts of any size count.

How does the alumni participation rate affect Beloit, exactly?

There are many factors that go into college rankings, such as those published every year by U.S. News and World Report. The percentage of living alumni who give to Beloit College each year, or the “alumni participation rate,” is one of the factors, and gifts of any size are counted. It is also considered when foundations decide to provide grant funding to the college. They view it as an indicator of alumni satisfaction with a Beloit education. So not only can a $5 gift to Beloit help boost the rankings, it can help secure a $250,000 grant for a major campus improvement. Now that’s a smart investment!

Vote for Beloit. Many young alumni, still figuring out their careers and paying off student loans, think they can’t afford to make a big enough gift to Beloit to make a difference. The participation rate is one way that anyone can make a difference, because even a $5 donation every year counts. Think of that $5 donation as a vote for Beloit in the college rankings. With enough “votes” from young alumni, Beloit could actually move up in the rankings. Think about that the first time Beloit College asks you to make a donation after you graduate.

BTYB Tuition Runs Out Day Committee