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Beloit College to welcome class of 2017

Friday, August 16, 2013

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

Beloit College will welcome on Monday (Aug. 19) 341 first-year students from 35 states and 13 countries. Out of the 341 students, 25 are new degree-seeking transfer students and 15 are new exchange students. All the first-years, along with sophomores, juniors and seniors, will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 26.

The new students come from as far away as the Bahamas, Romania and South Korea and from as close as the city of Beloit. In fact, eight students come from Beloit Memorial, F.J. Turner, Brodhead, Hononegah and Craig High Schools.

The top student-producing states from which the new students hail are Illinois (78), Wisconsin (50), Minnesota (20), Texas (15), California (14), Massachusetts (10) and New York (9).

Among the members of the first-year class are:

  • 89 National Honor Society members
  • 53 team captains
  • 118 varsity letter-winners
  • 10 students who spent a semester or more overseas during high school
  • 14 class/student body presidents
  • 20 literary journal/student newspaper editors
  • Five Eagle Scouts/Gold Award winners
  • 36 students who have completed substantial internships
  • Nine valedictorians

The first-years and all other students are invited to partake in the “Welcome to Our Town” event on Friday, Aug. 30 at the Harry C. Moore Pavilion located in Beloit’s Riverside Park. The event, featuring live music and Culver’s custard, is free and open to the public.

Other events students and community members will have the opportunity to enjoy throughout the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:

  • Lectures and performances by distinguished guests, including social psychologist Claude Steele speaking on stereotypes on Monday, Sept. 9, Economic Freedom of the World co-author James D. Gwartney on Friday, Oct. 25, and writer Scott Russell Sanders in the spring.
  • A “History of the Civil War” lecture series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War on Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, and 25. Exhibits such as The Trash Caste opening on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Wright Museum of Art and Ancient Whispers: Objects and Stories from the American Southwest running through December at the Logan Museum of Anthropology.
  • Three dance performances, four plays, and eight concerts and recitals all performed by students.
  • A year of athletic events, including the second year of the now-annual Beloit Relays in the spring.