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Beloit College welcomes class of 2016

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Students arrived this week in preparation of Aug. 28 semester start

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

This week Beloit College welcomed 313 first-year students – 33 of which are international – and another 54 transfer and exchange students who will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The first-years hail from Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia and 37 other states and 11 countries including Ecuador, Sweden and Japan. Overall, they come from 262 high schools, including Beloit Memorial High School, F.J. Turner High School and Rock County Christian High School.  

Among the members of the first-year class are:

  • 90 National Honor Society members
  • 49 team captains
  • 101 varsity letter-winners 
  • 10 domestic students who spent a semester or year overseas during high school
  • 13 class/student body presidents
  • 16 literary journal/student newspaper editors
  • Six Eagle Scouts/Gold Award Winners
  • 13 students who have completed substantial internships
  • Nine valedictorians

During the 2012-2013 academic year, first-years − along with the rest of the approximately 1,200-member student body and the community − will have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as the following:

  • Lectures and performances by distinguished guests, including Duke University professor Timur Kuran on Oct. 26, philosopher Richard Bernstein on Feb. 13, and jazz musician (and Beloit native) Tony Scodwell on April 27.
  • A year of athletic events, including the first-ever season of men’s and women’s lacrosse in the spring and the return of the Beloit Relays, also in the spring.
  • Three dance performances, four plays, and eight concerts and recitals all performed by students.
  • Exhibits at the Logan Museum of Anthropology − including Full House: American Indian Souvenir Playing Cards in late January − and at the Wright Museum of Art such as the Prints of George Bellows from Sept. 13 – Nov. 4.