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Tuition Runs Out Day fact #4: Gifts affect rankings

March 24, 2013

Fact #4: The percentage of alumni who give to Beloit College each year is one component of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. Gifts of any size count.

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. Our annual participation rate is about 30 percent. It would take 160 more alumni giving each year to raise the participation rate by 1 percent.

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—something to think about that first time Beloit College asks you to make a donation after you graduate.

This article is part of an informational series related to Tuition Runs Out Day. Keep an eye out on campus for more “Did You Know” fliers and other information, and check back tomorrow for one last fact.