September 01, 2017

Class of 2021 Arrives

Yep, you read that right: First-year students at Beloit this fall are members of the class of 2021.

New Student Days 2017 T-Shirt New Student Days 2017 T-ShirtThe class and their fellow newbies (transfer and international students) moved to campus on Aug. 21, an auspicious day that featured a total solar eclipse passing across a large swath of North America for the first time in 99 years. (According to Britt Scharringhausen, associate professor of astronomy, the sun on Beloit’s campus was 86 percent obscured by the moon.) In the materials for New Student Days, students were invited to join the community in viewing the eclipse, billed as “a rare and bizarre experience not unlike the very experience of starting at a new school.” Class members settling in to campus this fall are among 5,465 students who applied for admission to the college this academic year.

By the Numbers

  • 387 new students (as of Aug. 15, 2017).
    • 338 first-years
    • 31 transfers
    • 18 international
  • 98% received gift aid.
  • 27 is the median ACT score (of 128 first-years who submitted).
  • 69% are from public or charter high schools.
  • 298 different high schools represented.
  • 100% started their Beloit adventure during a rare solar eclipse.

Also In This Issue

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    McAllister Plaza Dedicated

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  • Professor Rob LaFleur teaching a course.

    20 Questions, Two Civilizations, Game Changer

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  • Grace Ousley (1904) was the first African-American woman to graduate from Beloit College only nine years after the college opened its doors to women.

    They Made History

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  • A crane floats on a barge on the Rock River next to the Powerhouse.

    Powerhouse Project Kicks Off, Cranes Move In

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