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Beloit College once again counted among the “Colleges That Change Lives”

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Beloit included in fourth edition of landmark college guide

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

The landmark college guide “Colleges That Change Lives” was recently updated and re-released this week, and Beloit College continues to be among the 40 higher education institutions recognized.  

“Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges” was written by the late Loren Pope who served as education editor of the New York Times in the 1950s. With more than 150,000 copies sold and 24 printings, it remains an essential guide book for many students—as well as one of the principal ways some students learn about Beloit.

“On our campus, this book is the book,” says Jim Zielinski, the longtime director of admissions at the college. “Loren saw the original book as his gift to students, and to the colleges included. It certainly was that.  All of us who have appeared in these editions have benefitted in real and profound ways as a result. We’re thrilled to still be included.”

Education writer Hilary Masell Oswald recently revised the guide, conducting all new school tours and conducting in-depth interviews.

"Prestige matters little at Beloit College, which is rather ironic because its graduates are an impressive bunch,” Masell Oswald wrote of Beloit. “For decades, the college has ranked among the top fifty colleges producing the highest percentage of the nation's future scientists and scholars."

 Topics that can be found in the newest edition of the guide include:

  • The look and feel of the campus
  • Quality of dining hall food
  •  Percentage of students who study abroad
  •  Percentage of students who go to grad school
  • Average SAT/ACT scores
  • What professors have to say about their schools

The fourth edition of the book published by Penguin Books is on sale now. For more information about “Colleges That Change Lives,” click here.