While the majority of Beloit graduates participate in the job search and are employed full-time as a first destination after Beloit, there are many pathways a graduate can take. Graduate & professional schools, year of service opportunities, fellowships, and honors terms are all options immediately or after a few years of experience.
Deciding to attend graduate school study requires a significant investment of time, energy, and money. Given that, it is important to be sure your goals and the purpose of graduate education match. This document can help you consider your options.
Once you have decided to pursue graduate study, this suggested timeline can help you plan and manage the various aspects of the application process. We also have advice on evaluating graduate programs, letters of recommendation and crafting your personal statement.
Beloit provides special advising to students interested in law school to assist in developing appropriate curricular choices and to maximize their chances for successful entrance into law school.
The College deliberately does not have a single 'pre-law' major in order to allow flexibility in meeting individual needs. The College has a pre-law advisor to help students design the best academic program for their interests and acquire the skills needed for successfully taking the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) and applying to law school. Election of a Law and Justice minor or any of the courses associated with it may also aid pre-law students in contemplating a law-related career.
The Credential Assembly Service
The Law School Admission Council's (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) simplifies the admission process for law school applicants. You just have to make sure that all of your undergraduate, graduate, professional, and law school transcripts; letters of recommendation; and evaluations are sent once to LSAC. They then summarize your undergraduate work and combine all of your documents with your LSAT score and writing sample to create a report that is sent to the law schools to which you apply. Most applicants use the electronic applications included as part of CAS to apply to law schools. (Individual law school application fees are not included as part of CAS.) When law schools receive your completed application, they will request your law school report from LSAC.
American Bar Association-approved law schools and many other law schools require the use of CAS for JD applicants. For more information on the process, visit www.lsac.org.
A student preparing for a career in the health professions must simultaneously fulfill the general requirements for graduation from Beloit College and for a field of concentration (a "major"). Most pre-medical and pre-dental students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, although it is possible, with careful planning, to complete the pre-medical requirements and major in a discipline outside the sciences. Students who prepare for a nursing degree after completing a liberal arts degree choose majors in the sciences, social sciences, or an interdisciplinary major.
The Beloit College Health Professions Advisory Committee is responsible for the advising of students considering graduate training leading to the degrees of B.S.N., D.O., D.P.H., D.S.W., D.V.M., M.A., M.D., M.S.N., M.P.H., M.S.W., P.A., Ph.D., Pharm.D., and P.T. The requirements for various professional schools differ, and a student may wish to consult the online catalogs of programs from his/her home state or programs that fit the students' particular area of interest.
The Health Professions Advisory Committee advisors will work with interested students and their advisors to develop schedules that include these courses, study abroad, and the required standardized testing. Each student should meet with a health professions advisor during his/her first semester at Beloit College to develop a four-year plan.
Funding for Graduate School
There are many opportunities to engage in service for one or two years post-graduation. Many graduates find this to be an excellent way to transition from college before beginning graduate school or a career, while at the same time providing service to a community. There are any number of national or international organizations that support this type of work; this list is a good starting point for research. If you are looking to specifically teach English abroad, this list is also a good starting point for research.
There are a number of organizations and foundations that sponsor highly competitive, nationally recognized scholarships for students continuing research and professional development after graduation. Students interested in developing application materials for these scholarships should contact the Liberal Arts in Practice Center early on. We will be able to connect you with the appropriate campus resources to assist you in your application.
If you are interested in pursuing a post-graduate fellowship, the time to begin evaluating your options and envisioning your pathway is as early as sophomore year. Students and faculty with specific questions on how to start the process of applying for one of these highly competitive fellowships should contact either Matthew Taylor (email@example.com) or Rachel Ellett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A limited number of Honors Term Scholar Awards and Honors Term Service Awards are available to outstanding students who would like to continue their study at Beloit College for an additional term beyond graduation. Students who are selected will receive full tuition remission in exchange for undertaking a project that contributes significantly to the academic and/or co-curricular programs of the College and simultaneously furthers their own academic or professional development. For more information, visit the Registrar's site.